Microsoft is working to add Alexa and Google Assistant support for its gaming console, the Xbox One, according to a report by Windows Central.
Alexa and Google Assistant will play a role as the extinct Kinect, allowing users to control the volume of their TV or to turn off the lights via voice as they watch a movie with a headset.
In the upcoming event Xbox One Build, the Kinect & Devices menu will have a new “Digital Assistants” section, allowing users to enable Alexa, Google Assistant or Cortana based on their preferences, Windows Central says.
Once they choose Alexa or Google Assistant, the system will guide them to install a Xbox skill for the voice assistant. However, whether the Xbox One will get the full range of voice features of the two assistants is uncertain.
It is no secret that Microsoft and Amazon are working to integrate their voice assistants. The two will work together like “an app” in each other’s system.
For instance, users can talk to their Echo devices and say “open Cortana,” and continue to voice-control their Outlook inbox and check upcoming schedules. And vice versa for users operating Windows PC to use Amazon Alexa.
The support for Google Assistant on Xbox One, however, is a new move for Microsoft.
Albert Penello, former senior director of console marketing in Microsoft, joined Amazon recently to help grow Alexa and Echo presence in gaming. If this Xbox One integration is realized, it will be a big win for Amazon Alexa in the gaming industry.