Microsoft brings Google Assistant to Xbox One


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Microsoft is enabling Google’s Assistant to work with its Xbox One console. Much like the existing Alexa integration, Microsoft is allowing Google Assistant to launch games and apps, turn the console on and off, pause videos, and much more. You’ll need to use the Google Assistant app for iOS or Android or a device like Google’s Home with Assistant on it to control an Xbox One. Google Assistant won’t run on the Xbox One itself; instead, it will receive commands from other devices running Assistant.

You’ll also need to join a Google Group to get access to the Google Assistant support for Xbox One, and then it can be activated through the Google Home app for iOS or Android by setting up a new device and looking for “[beta] Xbox” in the list. Xbox owners will be able to give their console a name within Google Assistant, allowing commands like “Hey Google, turn on Xbox” to work.

Here’s how to get started with the beta:

  1. Join the Google Group with the Google Account you intend to use
  2. Sign into your Xbox
  3. In the Google Home app for iOS or Android:
    1. Tap “+ Add”
    2. Tap “Set up device”
    3. Tap “Have something already set up?”
    4. Search for and select “[beta] Xbox”
  4. Sign in with the Microsoft account you use on Xbox
  5. Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name
Once you’re all set up, here are a few actions you can try to get you started with controlling your Xbox One with Google Assistant:

  • “Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, turn on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, turn off Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, launch YouTube on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, pause on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, resume on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.”
  • “Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.”
You’ll notice the default device name for Xbox consoles is “Xbox”; however, you can change the device name for your smart home commands at any time in the Google Home and Assistant apps if you have more than one Xbox in your home. When triggering an action, just use the device name you set in your commands. For example, you would say, “Hey Google, turn on Basement Xbox.”

Here's the full command list if you want to explore more:

Turn onHey Google, turn on Xbox.
Turn offHey Google, turn off Xbox.
Launch gameHey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.
Volume upHey Google, volume up on Xbox.
Volume downHey Google, volume down on Xbox.
MuteHey Google, mute Xbox.
Un-muteHey Google, un-mute Xbox.
Pause*Hey Google, pause.
Play*Hey Google, play.
Next*Hey Google, next.
Previous*Hey Google, previous
Take a screenshotHey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.
Record a game clipHey Google, record that on Xbox.
RebootHey Google, reboot Xbox.
StopHey Google, stop on Xbox.
Watch a TV channel (if live TV is configured)Hey Google, switch to PBS on Xbox.

*Media playback commands can be triggered with or without saying the device name.

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