Cortana on Xbox One: Here are the most useful voice commands

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If you haven’t tried Cortana on the Xbox One, Microsoft would like you take another look.

As part of the Xbox One Creators Update, Microsoft’s virtual assistant has received an upgrade, supporting some new tricks such as reminders and alarms. Still, some Cortana voice commands are more useful than others on the Xbox One. And if you’re coming from a Windows 10 PC, be aware that some commands haven’t made their way to the console.

Below is a list of the Xbox One’s more useful voice commands for Cortana. To activate them, you must have either a headset microphone or a Kinect, and begin each voice command with “Hey Cortana.” For an exhaustive list of voice commands—including things you’ll probably never need to do on a game console, like calculations and stock prices—check out Microsoft’s support page.

Useful Cortana voice commands on Xbox One

cortanaweather Jared Newman / PCWorld

Cortana checks the weather on Xbox One.

”Play [game]” – Launches any game

”Go home” – Returns to the home screen

”Friends,” “Notifications,” “Messages,” “Achievements”– Opens that section of the Guide.

”Invite [friend] to the party” – You don’t need the exact name; Cortana will look for the closest match.

”Leave the party”

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