Xbox One October 2018 Update Gives Xbox Avatars a Makeover

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The latest system update brings several new features such as the redesigned Xbox Live Avatars, which were initially announced past year.

Yep, the new Avatars make their debut with this update, enabling you to create a more distinct look for your virtual person that ties in with your Xbox account.

Xbox has also introduced new avatars which focus on inclusiveness. The Avatars will appear across Xbox One as well as activity feeds, Friend blocks on the Home screen, leaderboards, profiles, and other locations, as they will become a big part of the Xbox ecosystem going forward. You can use a Photobooth to take a picture of your Avatar to use as your profile image. The Xbox Skill feature allows interaction with your Xbox using Alexa or Cortana devices. For example, you can say, "Alexa, launch Forza Horizon 4", and the game will launch on your console.

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Now that the Xbox One October 2018 update is rolling out, the Xbox team can presumably focus on the next system update for the Xbox One codenamed "19H1" (just like for Windows 10).

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The new avatars include a lot of neat options previously not included, like prosthetic limbs and mobility aids, which allow them to represent a wider range of players more accurately. It should download automatically the next time you start up your system. The new avatars include all body types, moods, items from games, and more. Barely two months ago, the two finally launched their much-advertised but also delayed Cortana-Alexa integration.

At the moment, Dolby Vision will only work in the Netflix app for Premium subscribers, but in an Xbox Wire post about the October update, Microsoft confirmed other apps will also start supporting Dolby Vision "in the coming months".

The October Xbox One dashboard update is available immediately for all Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles.

Go here to learn about how to update your Xbox console.

We're also getting Dolby Vision HDR Video Streaming too, across Xbox One S and X, as well as five new languages for the Xbox One Narrator - Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, and Dutch, not to mention Australian English. Insiders on the Preview Alpha ring will next begin testing the next feature update, codenamed 19H1.

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