Microsoft is releasing some new Xbox One features for the Xbox that start rolling out today as part of the November 2018 Xbox Update.
The update adds new ways to play some games with mouse and keyboard support, more console interaction with Xbox Skill updates, listen to songs with the new Amazon Music app, and the ability to find your games faster via improved Search. Here’s a rundown of what’s new:
Mouse and Keyboard Support for Xbox One
The November update brings mouse and keyboard support to Xbox One. With support for mouse and keyboard, developers can now choose to add mouse and keyboard support for their games on Xbox One.
Announced at X018, Fortnite will be one of the first titles to support mouse and keyboard input, matchmaking players using the same input together with one another. Fortnite’s support for keyboard and mouse launches alongside previously announced Warframe via today’s update, with Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense adding support in November, and Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface, and Wargroove adding support in the future.
Additionally, Microsoft is partnering with Razer to offer gamers a premiere mouse and keyboard experience through an all new Razer-created 'Designed for Xbox' mouse and keyboard. Built for gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10, it will come equipped with a dedicated Xbox key, and support for the new Xbox Dynamic Lighting capability.
Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa Updates
Launched in the U.S. last month, the Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa allows gamers to get more done using just their voice. Coming this week, Microsoft has the first set of updates:
- Alexa Beta for the U.K. (EN-GB): The Xbox Skill for Alexa is now in Beta for all Xbox gamers in the U.K. with the addition of U.K. English voice recognition. To get started with Alexa, just say, "Alexa, open Xbox."
- Cortana improvements: In the U.S, the Xbox Skill for Cortana becomes easier to use. Cortana will automatically discover and pair your Xbox, so there’s no need to login. Just say "Hey Cortana, pair my Xbox" to any Cortana device (mobile phone or Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker). Get started with the latest Cortana on Android or Cortana on iOS app this week.
- New Commands added: Microsoft is adding a few new commands to both the Cortana and Alexa skill. Now, you have the ability to fully close a game or app via "Quit [game or app name]" or use your assistant as a controller with our new navigation mode. This lets you use your voice to hit the "A" button or navigate around your console (e.g. up, down, left, right, A button, B button). Just say "Start navigation mode" or "Press [button name]" to try it out.
Amazon Music app comes to Xbox One
Amazon Music is launching a new app for Xbox One in the U.S. on Nov. 14th, with availability in more countries coming soon. The Amazon Music app for Xbox enables Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers to stream more than 50 million songs and thousands of playlists and stations through their Xbox One family of devices. Prime members can also use the app to stream more than two million songs and hundreds of playlists and stations at no additional cost to their membership with Prime Music.
Microsoft is expanding search to include results from Xbox Assist and games you have "Ready to Install" or currently own as part of your memberships, including Xbox Game Pass, EA Access, and more. This makes it easier than ever to find the game you are looking for.