Amazon’s new Alexa app for Xbox provides visual assistant features to your TV

Amazon is launching a new Alexa app for Xbox consoles this week. Although you can control Alexa from an Xbox for a few years now, this dedicated app provides access to more of the visual parts of Amazon’s digital assistant. This includes being able to see your door clock camera, read emails, check your calendar and even see weather forecasts.

This makes your Xbox essentially more of an Echo Show-like experience for Alexa. All the usual Xbox controls are still supported with this new app, including the ability to turn on an Xbox console with a compatible Alexa device.

Amazon will be gradually launching this new Alexa app for Xbox in the coming days and it will be available on all Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S consoles. You should be able to download the Alexa app from the Microsoft Store at the moment, but we’ve tried to get it working with some Xbox consoles and it’s not quite alive yet.

Here are some new commands available with the visual version of Alexa on Xbox:

  • Alexa, play on Xbox
  • Alexa, show me the front door camera
  • Alexa, show me my email
  • Alexa, show me my calendar
  • Alexa, show me the weather

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