Microsoft is bringing Cortana to its Xbox One platform with the rollout of a summer firmware update.
(CCM) — Microsoft has begun refreshing its Xbox One platform with the release of a software update that introduces new features, including the company's Cortana personal assistant. Users in the U.S. and the U.K. can use Cortana with a headset or a Kinect sensor to find games, see what friends are playing, and start a game party. Kinect users can also turn on the Xbox One using Cortana. The summer update also introduces "Background Music," a feature that lets users listen to music in the background while they play on the Xbox One. Currently, users can stream music from Pandora, but other music services — including Microsoft's own Groove Music and iHeartRadio — will be added later, Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering at Microsoft, said in a blog post. Microsoft has also made changes to the Xbox Store in preparation for a feature to be introduced this fall that will allow users to buy digital games that they can play on Windows 10 at no extra cost.
The new software began rolling out on Saturday and will be available for Microsoft's slimmed-down Xbox One S console when the 2 TB version launches on Tuesday. The update will also be available for the 1 TB and 500 GB versions of the Xbox One S when they launch later in the month.
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