Controlling devices with voice is the new thing when it comes to the IoT. The growth of smart speakers brings in to the scope of voice controlling appliances is growing too. With this, Microsoft has announced support for Xbox Action for Google Assistant officially. This means that a user can use the Google Assistant on their Smart Speaker, Android phone, iOS device, and what not to control their Xbox. This is released as a public beta as of now and is available on Xbox One devices and in English only.
Enable & use Xbox Action for Google Assistant
There are two aspects of this guide. They are as follows:
- Setting up the Xbox Action for Google Assistant.
- Use the commands.
1] Setting up the Xbox Action for Google Assistant
You need to join the Google Group with your Google account signed in which you intend to use it with Google Assistant.
Sign in to your Xbox now.
On your Android or iOS device, open the Google Home app.
Select + Add.
Now tap on Set up device.
Tap Have something already set up?
Let it search and from the populated list, select [beta] Xbox.
Use the Microsoft account linked to your Xbox to sign-in on the Google Home app.
Follow the instructions to link your Xbox and give it a device name
*If no devices are found, try enabling the Digital Assistants setting on your console (Settings > Devices & Streaming > Digital Assistants)
The default name for your Xbox in the Google Home or the Google Assistant app would be Xbox. However, you can change it anytime to anything you want using the said applications.
2] Use the following commands
You can use the following commands to perform the mentioned actions:
|Turn on||Hey Google, turn on Xbox.|
|Turn off||Hey Google, turn off Xbox.|
|Launch game||Hey Google, play Gears 5 on Xbox.|
|Volume up||Hey Google, volume up on Xbox.|
|Volume down||Hey Google, volume down on Xbox.|
|Mute||Hey Google, mute Xbox.|
|Un-mute||Hey Google, un-mute Xbox.|
|Pause*||Hey Google, pause.|
|Play*||Hey Google, play.|
|Next*||Hey Google, next.|
|Previous*||Hey Google, previous|
|Take a screenshot||Hey Google, take a screenshot on Xbox.|
|Record a game clip||Hey Google, record that on Xbox.|
|Reboot||Hey Google, reboot Xbox.|
|Stop||Hey Google, stop on Xbox.|
|Watch a TV channel (if live TV is configured)||Hey Google, switch to PBS on Xbox.|
How do I enable Google Assistant on Xbox?
To enable Google Assistant on Xbox, you need to use the Google Home app on your mobile device. Here, click on the Add button and select the Set up device option. Next, select Have something already set up? Option and select the Xbox option. Now, you need to sign into your Xbox account to get it done.
What does connecting my Xbox to Google Home do?
By connecting your Xbox to Google Home, you can use various voice commands to control your Xbox. From turning on to turning off, you can do almost everything with your voice commands. A detailed list of commands and actions are given above and it is suggested to follow the list.
I hope you find this guide useful.