The next major dashboard update for Xbox One is now available.
They will appear all across Xbox One, including on your profile, as well as the profile pages of anyone who has made an avatars.
The Avatar Store is also where users can find licensed designs from various games and new content is expected monthly.
Microsoft has been teaming up with Amazon to make Cortana and Alexa work together across the two companies' devices. You can now chose to keep your old avatar, but it's unclear if this will be the case forever. This expands Xbox voice control beyond using Kinect or a headset, enabling you to turn your console off and on, adjust the volume, launch games and apps, stop and start Mixer broadcasts and more.
The Alexa integration is quite a big deal as Amazon has been an early leader in the digital assistant space, and for a limited-time consumers in the U.S. who buy a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will get a new Amazon Echo Dot along their purchase. To set up Alexa, just say, "Alexa, open Xbox" and to set up Cortana, just say, "Hey Cortana, open Xbox", or search for "Xbox" in the assistant skill store.
Support for Dolby Vision enables "enhanced HDR" streaming capabilities across the Xbox lineup. For those unfamiliar, Dolby Vision is Dolby's proprietary format for HDR video, and you'll need a compatible TV set to take advantage of it.
Amazon will soon offer a package deal for USA purchases of qualified Xbox One X and Xbox One S bundles that also includes an Echo Dot. To enable Dolby Vision on the console, navigate to Settings - Display and sound - Video output - Video modes - Allow Dolby Vision.
This update rolled out on Thursday, and Xbox Avatars are finally returning in an upgraded form, Cortana and Alexa are getting some new skills, and Dolby Vision support will be added to Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
Restart your Xbox One console. We'll have more to share soon on additional features releasing to Xbox One this fall.