Controlling your Xbox is now easier than ever, as Kinect and Cortana are spoofed for more proven voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.
And it’s the same story if you have an Xbox One or one of the new Xbox Series X or S consoles.
The Google Assistant / Xbox connection is now out of beta and official. This means it’s easier than ever to get Google’s voice assistant to power your Xbox action. It’s easy to set up and pair the two, just check out our guide below.
Once you do, you’ll be able to ditch the controller (sort of) and start controlling your Xbox with the power of voice using any speaker powered by Google Assistant – whether it’s launch games and applications, take screenshots or control TV and movies.
Don’t forget to also check out our guide to getting Alexa to control your Xbox.
Connect your Xbox to the Google Assistant
Do this first: Activate the Xbox action for the Google Assistant directly on your Xbox under Settings > Devices and streaming > Digital assistants.
After that, it is very easy to start and connect your Xbox One through your Google Home app.
1. Sign in to your Xbox One console.
2. Now in the Google Home iOS or Android app, tap “Add”> “Configure device”> “Something already configured?” before searching for “Xbox”.
3. Sign in with the Microsoft account you use for Xbox.
4. Continue to follow the instructions, pair the Xbox and name it.
5. Choose the room you want it to appear in, in the Google Home app.
Superior council: “Xbox” is the nickname that will automatically be assigned to your associated console. However, you can rename it and add additional consoles. So, you could have “Xbox Room”, “Office Xbox” and others set up in the Home app.
Google Assistant controls for Xbox One / Series S / Series X
Once you’ve connected the two devices and set up, you can control the Xbox with your voice using a Google Home speaker, a third-party Google Assistant speaker, or the app. on your phone.
But what are you saying? Well, here are some examples of Google Assistant commands …
Hey Google, turn off the Xbox.
OK Google, start Infinite Halo on Xbox.
Hey Google, take a screenshot of this on Xbox.
OK Google, pause on Xbox
Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.
OK Google, turn up the volume on Xbox.
Hey Google, save this to Xbox.
OK Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.