Update for Xbox One November now available with Google Assistant, new gamertags and text filters

Microsoft today announced its November 2019 update for the Xbox One. The big new addition is Google Assistant support, which allows you to use a device with the assistant or app to control an Xbox One. Google Assistant is not running on the Xbox One itself, but you can use it to launch games, apps, turn the console on and off, pause videos, and more. Microsoft first started testing this feature in September.


In addition to the Google Assistant support, Microsoft is also implementing its new gamertag support in the November update. This means that you can now choose any gamertag and use numbers like Discord or Battle.net at the end. Although you could change your gamertag earlier this year, it is now fully supported on the console in friends, messages, LFG and more.

The last big addition this month are Xbox text filters. Microsoft unveiled these filters last month and they are designed to prevent toxicity on the Xbox Live platform. Four new levels of text-based filtration are available: friendly, average, mature and unfiltered. Friendly mode is the most child-friendly option, designed to filter out all potentially offensive messages. If you opt for unfiltered, it works just like Xbox Live messages usually work today.

You can download the new console update directly in the settings section of the Xbox One, or wait for it to be applied automatically in the coming days.

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