We are in the thick of summer which means us gamers are doing what we do best: kicking butt and making our way through some epic games. Team Green over at Microsoft took to their blog to outline some exciting changes coming with the Xbox July update including new features for the Xbox Game Pass and some Alexa fun.
According to Xbox:
New features for Xbox Game Pass
- Play later – Play later enables you to make a list of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog for you to come back to on your time, making it even easier to find your next game. Manage your collection from your Xbox console or the Game Pass mobile app and download your games when you’re ready.
Xbox Skill for Alexa – More countries and new voice commands
Even more Alexa commands are on the way in addition to even more Xbox Alexa Support. This was something the studio first introduced last year, though it was still very much in its infancy at the time. Luckily, that has steadily been changing.
According to Microsoft:
- More countries – We heard our fans around the world loud and clear that they wanted Xbox Skill for Alexa support in their country. Today, we are excited to be adding support for customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain.
- New Alexa voice commands for Xbox Game Pass and more – Have you always wanted to be able to use your voice to find out the latest games in Xbox Game Pass? Good news, so have we! The July 2019 Xbox Update introduces the ability to find out what’s new to Xbox Game Pass, what the popular games are, what’s leaving the catalog, and more; simply by asking Alexa. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what’s new on Game Pass?”Want to stay up-to-date with what your friends are doing on Xbox? You can ask Alexa who’s online, what your friends are playing, and more. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what are my friends playing?”
You can find even more Alexa commands right here if that's your fancy! That being said, it's nice to see a lot of the fan feedback being offered up regarding the Xbox being heard. Now if only we could get a UI update closer to the original ...
To learn more about the latest update, check out the official Xbox Wire blog.