The Alex rumors are indeed true. Microsoft is starting to test Alexa support on the Xbox One from today with the Xbox Insiders. The tech giant has now unveiled an an Xbox Skill for Alexa that will allow Echo, Sonos, and other Alexa-powered devices to use an Xbox One.
Xbox Insiders have the ability to use the Xbox One, control volume, and launch games using Alexa, according to Xbox’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb. However, the option is limited to US for now. The Xbox claims Xbox Skill is “the fastest way to get into your games and one of the easiest ways to interact with your console for everyday tasks.” But XBox Skill is integrated to work with Cortana, Microsoft’s own digital assistant.
Harrison Hoffman, Senior Program Manager, Xbox wrote, “For example, if you have the Skill enabled on your Echo and you’re a part of the Insider preview, just say ‘Alexa, start Rocket League.’ and this command will automatically turn on your console, sign you in, and launch your game.”
“We will be rolling the Xbox Skill out to Xbox Insider rings gradually. If the Digital Assistant setting is visible on your console in Settings – > Devices, then you are currently eligible to test the Xbox Skill. If it doesn’t appear, then please be patient as we are working quickly to add more Insider rings to the beta,” he added.