“Xbox: Stop Listening!” Hell, I think I’ve said that phrase more than anything before I ripped the Kinect cord out. I couldn’t say anything even resembling “Xbox” without the blasted thing pinging off.
The way we talk to our Xbox One is about to change. Cortana voice commands are coming soon to Xbox One. The Xbox Wire post mentions the commands will work with both headsets and Kinect. On second thought, I might just leave the Kinect unplugged. If ‘record that’ works with only a headset, I’m good.
Instead of hollering at your Xbox One via the ‘Xbox’ command, you’ll be able to talk naturally using the ‘hey Cortana’ command. As natural as talking to your video game console can be, I guess.
Using Cortana through just the headset is what I’m pumped to hear more of. The Xbox Wire post mentions some of its limitations. For instance, you won’t be able to turn on your Xbox One via the headset. You’ll need the Kinect for that.
But you will be able to “find great new games, see what your friends are up to, start a party and accomplish common tasks,” with the headset. Voice commands for ‘Xbox: record that’ are a hell of a lot easier than double tapping the Xbox button on your controller. And you won’t die trying to capture a cool moment that just happened.
The Xbox One team is giving the Game Collection interface a much-needed facelift. Faster and easier is the key here. Games and the ‘Ready to Install’ list have been separated into their own sections.
Adding friends from Facebook to Xbox gets easier thanks to Facebook Friend Finder on Xbox One. It was already on the Xbox app, but now it’s coming to the console itself.
Sharing also sees some improvements. Mainly, making it easier to share screenshots, GameDVR clips and more.
Finally, top PC games will show up on Xbox Live. I thought this was going to work when Windows 10 launched, but better late than never. The Xbox team mentions League of Legends and XCOM 2 as some of the “top PC games” getting their own Game Hubs on Xbox Live. No word on exactly how many PC games will get their own hubs, but it’ll be cool sharing PC gameplay clips with friends on Xbox One.
We’ll also finally be able to record PC gameplay at 60fps. Turn the video quality setting to “Very High” in the new update and you’re good to go.
There are a few more updates you can read about over at the Xbox Wire post. As for release date? All we have is “coming this summer.”
Every day the lines between Xbox Live and Windows 10 blur. Reports, and Microsoft’s own actions suggest they want to unify the two platforms. The question is, how unified will they truly be? I’m hoping we learn much more at E3 2016. We’re just a week away from seeing Microsoft’s vision for the Xbox future. I have a feeling we’ll see those lines between Xbox Live and Windows 10 merge in the not so distant future.