Microsoft is Kicking Cortana Off Xbox One, Too

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Smart Home, Xbox One with 29 Comments

Too Little Too Late, Microsoft Voices Support for Cortana

Microsoft revealed this week that it will remove Cortana from Xbox One and will evolve how voice commands work on the console.

“We are moving away from on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences,” Microsoft’s Bradley Rossetti revealed. “This means you can no longer talk to Cortana via your headset. However, you can use the Xbox Skill for Cortana via the Cortana app on iOS, Android, and Windows or via Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker to power your Xbox One, adjust volume, launch games and apps, capture screenshots, and more —just as you can do with Alexa-enabled devices today.”

Microsoft began scaling back its support for Cortana in its core consumer platforms last year, and it specifically started adding support for third-party personal digital assistants like Amazon Alexa to both Windows and Xbox. With this change, Cortana will be no more integrated with Xbox than Alexa is, and I assume that, given recent changes in Windows 10, that will happen on the PC desktop as well.

Microsoft says that it will continue improving and evolving the Xbox Skill “across supported digital assistants—that is, Alexa and Cortana today, and probably Google Assistant, Siri, and even Bixby in the future. And it is working on a solution that will bring dictation back to the virtual keyboard on Xbox One.

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29 responses to “Microsoft is Kicking Cortana Off Xbox One, Too”

  1. Tony Barrett

    As suspected, Cortana, being an abject failure on the desktop for MS, is being moved to the cloud, and will be integrated into Microsoft's subscription services, which are mainly designed for enterprises. This is no surprise. It's already being de-coupled from Win10, and will eventually only be available as an optional UWP app from the store.

    Everyone knew this was coming. Cortana had no place on the desktop and was pretty much pointless. Now it's being removed from Xbox too. MS spin it and won't be honest, but we all know the real reason.

  2. chriswong13

    Well, I think this probably signals an app'ified version of Cortana is probably coming to Xbox similar to what will happen on PC...

  3. Mike Brady

    On my Android phone when I ask Google Assistant or Alexa, "How's my drive to work?" I get the expected drive time to the office.

    When I ask Cortana, it shows me links to Onedrive.

  4. PeteB

    Good riddance. Easily the most braindead "assistant" of all of them.

  5. IanYates82

    Would be nice to see google get involved here, but I suspect that won't happen given the stadia competition

  6. OwenM

    I had entirely forgotten it was even on Xbox in the first place

  7. xpxp2002

    But what does this mean for voice commands using Kinect?

  8. tboggs13

    The frustrating thing for me is that Cortana was a step backwards from the Xbox voice commands. The apps supported them and was a generally positive experience for me. I would control most of my media by voice. Then they replaced it with Cortana and much of the functionality was gone and they have never fully recovered. Plus they killed the Xbox Kinect, so there were very few ways to interact with it. This is the one place they had a beast of a machine in peoples living room that could have shown off Cortana and they nuetered it at roll out. They should have replaced the Kinect witha Kinect Lite that was just a webcam and microphone array, played up the video conferencing capabilities and smart assistant. But no.

  9. chaad_losan

    Bastards! I use cortana to control my xbox all the time.

  10. T182

    I had turned Cortana off about a year ago.. she kept popping up in the middle of movies and games without being called upon. The only reason that I have the Kinect still connected is that my kids love to talk to their grandparents on Skype with it.

    How many users have an Xbox with a Kinect and still use it?

  11. ReformedCtrlZ

    I'm just hoping for the day when I can give voice commands to my Xbox via my Google Home.. I don't need crazy integration, just the ability to turn it on/off and adjust the volume would be nice.

  12. skane2600

    These sort of steps collectively are an unofficial abandonment of the One Windows concept IMO (not that it was ever a good idea in the first place).

  13. maktaba

    I like the article picture. LOL.

  14. wunderbar

    I'm just here to say how much I appreciate the image on this article. It made me smile.

  15. wolters

    Well, I'm not surprised as I never really used "Cortana" on the XBOX. We do use voice commands via the Kintect a lot like "XBOX On, Pause / Play, Volume Up." So, I'm interested in seeing how it will evolve.

  16. harmjr

    I hope for the day we can install each assistant from the store.

    And Browser, chat app etc.

    Some times letting users seek the program instead of force feeding them broccoli is the better way.

  17. codymesh

    It's strange how all these assistants don't quite fit on anywhere except for on the phone and on smart speakers. I always thought it was natural to want a voice assistant everywhere including the pc and xbox

    • irfaanwahid

      In reply to codymesh:

      I feel, the real place for Voice assistance are on Appliance like devices, eg smart speakers, cars.

      I had Cortana on my Windows Phone and Siri on my current iPhone 10, but I hardly use these assistance.

      • skane2600

        In reply to irfaanwahid:

        I consider most applications to be gimmicky since you can easily control appliances the old-fashioned way. On the other hand Cortana on the Windows phone provided a capability there was no other way to achieve - answering text messages while driving with your voice in a completely hands-free manner. So, of course, they killed it.

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