Microsoft announced Thursday morning that “Xbox Skill” will be bringing voice control support for Alexa-enabled devices as well as expanding its suite of Cortana voice commands. With the new skill you’ll be able to power on an Xbox One with your voice, launch games, adjust volume, capture screenshots, start broadcasts, and more. Commands will work like “Alexa, start Halo 4″

While Microsoft has supported Kinect for Xbox One to do many of the features, the company decided to pull all its support from Kinect making the Alexa integration the next logical move for the company.

They claimed that “Xbox Skill” is the fastest way to get into your games as well as one of the easiest ways to interact with your console. Alexa-enabled devices such as the Windows 10 PC, Sonos One, and Amazon Echo as wells as a host of Cortana will integrate with the service.

If you wish to connect Alexa-enabled devices, you will need to sign in with your Amazon account and click Enable on this site.

If you’re ready to try out the Skill, here are Microsoft’s instructions to set up the service. With Alexa:

  • Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  • Click here, sign in with your Amazon Account, and click Enable.
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill.
  • Let Alexa discover your console, then follow the instructions to pair your console with Alexa.
  • Try your first command! “Alexa, start Rocket League.”

Or with Cortana:

  • Sign into the Xbox you want to control.
  • On your Windows 10 PC, click here and sign in with your Microsoft account to link the skill.

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