A wireless Xbox One controller is pretty cool. Even better? Navigate and control Xbox with just your voice.
While you’ll still have to use your hands to play all your favorite games, connecting an Alexa-enabled device to an Xbox One lets you use voice commands to control everything from volume level to any open app.
To do this, you’ll only need your Xbox One, an Alexa-enabled device, and an iPhone or Android device with the Alexa app.
How to connect Alexa to your Xbox One
Enable immediate ignition
First of all, you need to set your Xbox to “Instant-on” mode. This allows your Xbox to go into some sort of sleep mode instead of shutting down and is required to connect and use your Alexa-enabled device.
To do it:
1. Turn on your Xbox One and press the Home button (this is the large Xbox logo in the center of the controller) to open an options menu.
2. In the row of options at the top of this menu, scroll all the way to the right to open the “System” menu. Once there, select “Settings”.
3. Scroll down to “Power & Boot”, then select “Power & Boot Mode”.
4. In the new menu, scroll down to the center column, labeled “Power Mode”. Select it, then in the drop-down menu, select “Instant-on”.
Enable digital assistants
Now, to connect your virtual assistant to your game console, you need to change the digital assistant settings on your Xbox One.
1. Again, turn on your Xbox One and press the Home button, then swipe right to select “Settings”.
2. In “Settings”, choose “Kinect and devices”. Then, select “Digital Assistants”.
3. Select “Enable digital assistants”. If prompted, log into your Xbox account.
Connect your Alexa-enabled device
Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to switch to the phone to complete the process:
1. Open the Alexa app and tap the menu icon on the top left.
2. Tap “Skills & Games” in the menu that opens.
3. Tap the magnifying glass and search for “Xbox”. When it appears in the search results, tap it.
4. Tap Enable for Use, then log into the Microsoft account linked to your Xbox One.
The two devices are now connected.
Alexa commands for use on Xbox One
After following the steps above, Amazon Alexa is now connected to Xbox One.
Here is a list of Alexa voice commands that work with Xbox One:
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to pause”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to resume”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to turn up the volume”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to turn the volume down by 50 percent”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to turn off”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to start Rocket League”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to start Netflix”
- “Alexa, tell Xbox to start broadcasting”
- “Alexa, ask Xbox what can I say”