Xbox One Owners can now Control Their Devices with Google Assistant


Microsoft has been working on the integration of Google Assistant and Alexa with Xbox One for a long time. Xbox One is already working along with Alexa and now it is time for Google Assistant. This morning the senior program manager at Xbox Harrison Hoffman released the beta version of Xbox along with Google Assistant. With this integration, Xbox One owners can now control their devices with the help of Google Assistant.

For this, you will be needing Google assistant app on your iOS or Android phone or you can use Google Home with an assistant too. This doesn’t mean that Google Assistant will run on Xbox itself. Xbox One will just receive the commands from your other devices.

The one thing that we can notice here is that Microsoft is slowly giving up on Cortana. It started using the other assistant solutions like Alexa and Google Assistant to control Xbox and now it is planning to bring Alexa to PC too. Microsoft doesn’t care about the assistant you use with the PC as long as you are using the Windows 10 software or a Microsoft device.

All English-speaking customers can join this beta program and test Xbox One performance. Here are the steps on how to do that

  • Join the Google Assistant group with the Google account that you are planning to use.
  • Now, sign in to the Xbox
  • Go to Google home app in Android or iOS device
    • Click on “+Add.”
    • Now go to “Setup device”
    • Click on “have something already setup”
    • Enter “[beta] Xbox” in the search box and select it.
  • Now sign in with the Xbox Microsoft account
  • Link your Xbox as a device and give it a name.

After the Xbox One and Google Assistant are paired you have to say the below commands to get it running.

  • “Hey Google, turn on Xbox”
  • “Turn off Xbox”
  • “Pause on Xbox”
  • “Run on Xbox”
  • “Volume up or down on Xbox”

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