Alexa, Dolby Vision, new Avatars

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The update went live today and introduces the "new Xbox Avatars". You can also use the photobooth feature in order to use your avatar as your Gamerpic. There's also an Avatar Store (unsurprisingly) where you can spend real money to buy different outfits for your Avatar, including licensed designs for the likes of Halo and Gears of War. Speaking of options, you can also opt to keep your old avatar if you prefer. Microsoft is launching a new Xbox Skill for Alexa and Cortana that will allow users to control their console through an Alexa or Cortana-powered device.

Microsoft's October 2018 update for the Xbox One is finally here, and this update is a big one that adds some major new features to the console.

"Avatars will appear across your Xbox One".

Xbox's October update is here. They will be present on activity feed posts, Friend blocks on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, and more.

The catch here is that you're not talking to the Xbox One directly.

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You can even set your avatar to the original Xbox one you made from the Xbox 360 era if you don't feel like making an upgrade to your existing character.

Accordingly, Xbox One, thanks to the recent October Xbox update, becomes the third streaming device to support Dolby Vision, besides Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra.

Once your new toys arrive in the mail, you'll be able to use your voice to do things such as turn on or off your console, open a specific game or app, take screenshots, adjust its volume, and more. There is also an added Australian version of the English language alongside the U.S. and U.K options. Keep in mind the new Xbox Skill is only available for users in the United States, so if you are outside of the USA, you are only getting the new Xbox Avatars, Dolby Vision streaming, and new langauges for Narrator. There's also a new Australian version of the English language Narrator.

The Avatar Store will be updated monthly. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1.