Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 is out, we’ve got thoughts about Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion, Nintendo delayed their Nintendo Direct because of an earthquake in Japan, Henry Cavill is playing Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher series, and we’ve confirmed that Master Chief’s suit in Halo does not have an auto-masturbation feature. Gita and I dissect all these topics today on Kotaku XP, our weekly discussion of the hottest, latest exclamations regarding video games. This week, you get to hear me be a little bit sad about having not played Spider-Man yet. I might not even play it this weekend, because my huge Dragon Quest XI review was so much work that it brainwashed me into only wanting to play Dragon Quest XI. I am so close to that platinum trophy. At the beginning of this week, I presumed we’d be able to talk about Animal Crossing on Switch. Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct planned for Wednesday, though they canceled it because of the earthquake. Whether … [Read more...] about Cortana Is Pretty Much Master Chief’s Mom
Microsoft is continuing to try to reposition Cortana from an "assistant" to an "assistance" aide. Today, the company took another step to realize that vision by starting to enable Cortana-powered devices to control its Xbox One console. Alexa-enabled devices are going to be able to do the same, by the way.The Xbox team is adding a new Xbox Skill to allow users to use voice commands to do tasks like turning on and off their Xbox One consoles; adjust volume; launch games and apps; start and stop broadcasts on Mixer; capture screenshots and clips and more. That Xbox Skill will work with Cortana- and Alexa-enabled devices including Windows 10 PCs, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke, Sonos One; and iOS and Android devices with the Cortana and/or Alexa apps.Once Microsoft stopped bundling the Kinect sensor with Xbox One, and later, ceased making Kinects all together, there wasn't a way for users without a headset to use voice commands to control the Xbox console, since there are no built-in … [Read more...] about Another use for Cortana (and Alexa): Controlling Microsoft’s Xbox
Alexa, are the rumours true?Yes, they are! On Thursday morning Xbox announced "Xbox Skill" is bringing voice control support for Alexa-enabled devices and expanding its suite of Cortana voice commands. That means you won't just be screaming at 13-year-old kids on PUBG, but you'll also be able to yell commands at your smart home devices, telling your Xbox One to power on, start or stop Mixer broadcasts, launch games and capture screenshots.Xbox has consistently been at the forefront of adding voice control into its hardware, with users able to interact with their console using the motion-sensing Kinect and some rudimentary voice commands since the Xbox 360 era. In recent months, it's made it obvious it wants to improve the accessibility options for users. So with the rise and rise of smart home devices, it only makes sense Xbox and Alexa come together.Xbox claims Xbox Skill is "the fastest way to get into your games and one of the easiest ways to interact with your console … [Read more...] about Xbox launches support for Alexa and Cortana with Xbox Skill
Johnson Controls' GLAS Smart Thermostat costs $319. That's 70 bucks more than the Ecobee4 and Nest Learning Thermostat. Given that, the GLAS had better be pretty spectacular to compete. In some respects, it is.It's immediately clear you're paying extra for the GLAS' neat-looking see-through OLED touchscreen and its built-in Cortana speaker. The Johnson Controls thermostat also monitors the indoor air quality, so you can see, at a glance, if you should circulate your HVAC system's fan. That's a really nice touch. The app and the OLED display are responsive and simple to navigate, too, making for a good overall user experience. 7 This Cortana smart thermostat also gives air quality reports My issue is with its value. You need to really love the see-through touchscreen and its native support for Microsoft's voice AI to feel good about spending $319 on a single smart thermostat. That said, the GLAS is surprisingly versatile -- it works with Alexa and Google … [Read more...] about Costly see-through Cortana thermostat is neat, but not for everyone
Featured stories Microsoft: We've just messed up Russian plans to attack US 2018 midterm elections Buyer's remorse: Phones, tablets and more tech purchases we regret To build a private cloud: How Kubernetes gets friendly with Hadoop Open-source vulnerabilities which will not die: Who is to blame? A couple of things I need to say off the top here: OK, the headline sounds negative, but for me, it's more about how potentially positive/powerful the news could've been in comparison to what it ended up being. But it still can be that level of positive/powerful in the end, because this should not be the end.Also: Microsoft and Amazon start publicly testing Cortana-Alexa integration It took a year to get to this point, but at least we got here. I don't think we'll get "here" with Alexa/Google Assistant or Alexa/Siri anytime soon, which is a real shame, because the more these four assistants/companies work together on creating a common platform layer, the quicker/more secure/more … [Read more...] about The Alexa-Cortana integration: Why wasn’t this bigger news?