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Want to use Cortana on Xbox One? Better dust off that Kinect


Xbox One Cortana

Microsoft is bringing its voice controlled digital assistant Cortana to the Xbox One later this year, but there’s one major caveat, you’re going to need a Kinect peripheral.

In a promotional video released on Microsoft’s YouTube account, the company points out “Kinect required for Cortana speech recognition” in the fine print (spotted by The Verge) at the end of the clip.

With the company caving into public demand for Xbox One bundles without the brilliant but unloved motion and voice sensing accessory, a large portion of the user base won’t actually own one.

Microsoft makes no mention of whether it will extend the functionality to headsets yet, but it seems dusting off the old Kinect or buying one will be the only way forward for those wishing to make use of Cortana.

The Cortana assistant will enable gamers to ask whether a particular friend is online or inquire as to the next quests they can complete within games.

The assistant will arrive with a ‘New Xbox One Experience’ this autumn. The update is geared towards making it easier for One owners to access friends lists, messages and more without leaving their game.

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The new interface makes use of slide-in menus that’ll allow tools like Cortana to be quickly brought into view without distracting too much from the major action.

The dashboard update will also bring Windows 10 to Xbox One. Check out the new experience in the video below.


June 19, 2015, 7:00 pm

I don't need to "dust off" my Kinect. I use it every day, much more often than I use a controller.

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