The October Xbox update is here

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You can see more about this update in the video above.

"Avatars will appear across your Xbox One". If you are a fan of your original avatar, no need to fret. They will be present on activity feed posts, Friend blocks on the Home screen, Gamerscore leaderboards, club headers, and more. Licensed objects from games like Halo and Gears of War are also being added to the new Avatar Store, offering up even more custom options for players.

Apart from the new avatar items and clothing, the new avatar system also brings new accessories such as mobility aids and prosthetic limbs. You can enable it through the Settings menu. If you'd prefer, you can stick with your old Xbox 360-style Avatar as well. For Windows 10 users, a new Xbox Avatar Editor is also available to download from the Microsoft Store for Avatar tweaks on the go. Do you like the new avatars?

Additionally, the new Xbox Skill enabling Cortana and Alexa smart assistant compatibility is included in the new update, allowing users to toggle their consoles power, launch games, and take screenshots with voice commands. To set up the skill, start by saying "Alexa, open Xbox" or "Hey Cortana, open Xbox". While they'll actively represent you all across the Xbox One, you can also use Photobooth for some stylish shots of your own.

The deal is available starting on October 12 and will include the latest version of the Echo Dot (3rd Generation), either a 1TB Xbox One S or a 1TB Xbox One X and a copy of National Basketball Association 2K19. As an extra bonus, starting tomorrow in the US, anyone who buys a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon will get a new Amazon Echo Dot for absolutely nothing! If you have a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription, jump in and experience incredible brightness, contrast, and color for yourself today! They were created to be more inclusive, expressive, and creative for users to help represent the Xbox community.

Finally, Microsoft added five more languages to Narrator, including Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. This feature completes the Dolby duo, as Microsoft already added support for Dolby Atmos spatial sound to the Xbox One in late 2017. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1.

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