Forget Cortana, you can now use Google Assistant with your Xbox One. With Google Assistant integration, you can use your voice to control various aspects of your Xbox One console.
What can I do with the Google Assistant on my Xbox One?
Microsoft has already tried voice commands in the past, mainly with the Kinect console add-in. That being said, he was quite limited as to what he could do. Fortunately, with Google Assistant, voice command capabilities have improved considerably. To get started, wake up your Google Assistant app or smart speaker by saying “Hey google” or “OK Google.“
The Google Assistant isn’t running locally on your Xbox One console. For your Xbox One to receive voice commands, you must be using an application or device that has the features of Google Assistant. Naturally, Google’s own line of smart speakers includes Google Assistant. These speakers include the Google Home Mini, Google Home and Google Home Max. However, there are other smart speaker manufacturers that offer Google Assistant.
That said, you don’t have to rush out and buy a smart speaker to use Google Assistant with your Xbox One console. You can use your mobile device by downloading the Google Assistant app to Android or iOS.
How to set up Google Assistant on Xbox One
Getting the Google Assistant up and running on your Xbox One adds a ton of useful features. Fortunately, it is super easy to install. Follow the instructions below to set up Google Assistant on your Xbox One console.
Connect to your Xbox One
To take advantage of the Google Assistant on your Xbox One, you’ll need to make sure you’re signed in to your Microsoft account on your Xbox One console. Xbox One uses your Microsoft account to activate digital licenses and various social features. If you haven’t set it up already, you’ll want to turn on automatic connection to your Microsoft account on your Xbox One console.
Press the Xbox button on your controller. This will open the guide menu. If you have multiple profiles on your Xbox One console, select your profile and press the “A” button. Next, press the right bumper button to highlight the cog icon and press the “A” button to open the Settings menu. In the Settings menu, select “Account -> Connection, security and access key”. Highlight “Instant Connection” and follow the prompts to enable instant connection on your Xbox One console.
Adding your Xbox One console to your Google Home family
1. On your Android or iOS device, launch the Google Home app.
2. Tap the “+” icon at the top left of the screen. This will open a new screen called “Add and manage”.
3. Under the “Add to home” sub-section, press “Configure device”. This will bring you to the “Configure” screen.
4. Under the subtitle titled “Works with Google”, touch the option titled “Something has already been set up”.
5. On the next screen, scroll through the list of options to find “Xbox” in the list of available services. Alternatively, you can use the search bar at the top of the screen and type “Xbox”.
6. On the next screen, sign in with your Microsoft account. Make sure it’s the same Microsoft account connected to your Xbox One console.
7. Next, the application lists all the consoles connected to your Microsoft account. Choose the one you want to control with Google Assistant and move it to a room in your house. This is particularly useful for keeping track of the Xbox you control if you have multiple consoles in your home.
8. Finally, press “Done” and you’re ready to use Google Assistant with your Xbox One console!
Xbox One control commands
Note: Depending on the command you want to issue with your Xbox One console, you may have to say “tell Xbox” or “ask Xbox to“After launching Google Assistant by issuing the”Hey Google / Ok Google”Wake-up command.
Turn on Xbox One
- “Turn on my Xbox”
- “Start my Xbox”
- “Light up”
- “Xbox on”
Turn off Xbox One
- “Turn off my Xbox”
- “Xbox off”
- “Switch off”
- “Go home”
- “Display / open menu”
- “Display / open guide”
- “View / go to my friends list”
- “View / open notifications”
Capture game sequences
- “Take a screenshot”
- “Stop broadcasting”
- “Save this”
- “Record the last (number) minutes”
- “To play”
- “Fast forward”
- “Watch / go to TV”
- “Watch (channel name)”
- “Increase in volume (number)”
- “Lower the volume (number)”
There are a number of other voice commands that can be issued with your Xbox One console. To find out what else is available, just ask your Xbox, “What can I say?“
Does controlling your Xbox One console with your voice sound too new? If so, you may be interested in connecting a keyboard and mouse to your Xbox One. Do you use your Google Assistant to control your Xbox One with your voice?
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