An Alexa app for Xbox has been uploaded to the Microsoft Store (at least in the US and Canada) – although it seems to have taken the plunge somewhat as it doesn’t do anything yet.
The app, which will work with the new Xbox Series S and Series X, as well as the previous generation Xbox One console, adds a bunch of features you don’t already get when syncing your Xbox with the existing Alexa skill.
Currently, the use of Alexa to control your Xbox is somewhat limited, but the new app strengthens the offer.
The Xbox Alexa app page lists the following features:
- Alexa, launch ‘Game name.’ “
- “Alexa, turn on ‘Xbox name’.”
- “Alexa, play an ‘artist name’ song on ‘Xbox Name.'”
- “Alexa, show me the front door camera on ‘Xbox Name.'”
- “Alexa, show me my shopping list on ‘Xbox Name.'”
You could do a few of these things already, but it looks like deeper skill integration, better media controls, and the ability to stream security camera footage using Alexa will be the main additions.
This new skill doesn’t mean that Alexa will be integrated into your Xbox – we’re not at that point yet. You’ll need an Alexa Echo (or third-party) smart speaker to listen to your voice commands.
It’s a setup not too different from what you’d get if you paired up an Echo speaker to control your Fire TV.
As mentioned, although the Alexa app is showing up in the Microsoft Store, it is not yet available for download.
We will keep you posted as it goes online.