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Microsoft has shared its plans to release Cortana voice assistant support for the Xbox One, along with other media and networking related upgrades and features as part of the company’s major August anniversary update.

Here’s a list of the upcoming updates related to the Xbox One:

  • “With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.
  • Xbox Play Anywhere games will be offered within the new unified Windows Store on both Windows 10 and Xbox One. You’ll be able to find the content you want faster and purchase game and app bundles, pre-orders, pre-downloads and subscriptions such as Xbox Live Gold.
  • On Xbox One, gamers will be able to use Cortana commands to find great new games, see what your friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks and turn on your Xbox One by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On”.
  • Top fan requested features for Xbox One, such as Language Region Independence (allowing gamers to choose any supported language, regardless of their location) and support for background music, will come with the Anniversary Update.
  • Gamers can enjoy the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on the new Xbox One S. Available starting at $299 USD this summer, with a limited 2TB Xbox One S launch edition available in August for $399 USD, it’s the only console with support for HDR gaming and 4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray.”

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The background music support feature, in particular, has been a long requested feature by many users due to its somewhat already native availability on the Xbox 360 before.

A different OS indeed, but it was rather strange that Microsoft did not decide to implement the feature as Xbox One was first released.

A different OS indeed, but it was rather strange that Microsoft did not decide to implement the feature as Xbox One was first released.

As for Cortana, users would need either their headphones or Kinect to issue voice commands.

For now, Cortana is limited to search functions, friend features, and other simpler tasks, but will be improved and updated as Microsoft collects more and more usage data from Xbox One users.

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