July's Xbox One update adds new Xbox Game Pass features

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft just released a new update for Xbox One.
  • It adds new Xbox Game Pass features and Alexa capabilities.
  • You can download the patch right now through the device.

Every month, Microsoft releases a new Xbox One update which adds even more features to the console. Today, another one rolled out to all owners. According to the company, this update includes a new way to interact with Xbox Game Pass, additional countries for the Xbox Skill for Alexa, and a new Xbox Skill for Alexa voice commands. You can take a look at the major additions below.

  • Play Later: Play Later allows you to make a list of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog for you to come back to.
  • Alexa Xbox Skill: The Xbox Skill for Alexa devices is now available in more countries. Gamers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain can now access the feature.
  • Xbox Game Pass: You can also ask the voice assistant about what's new in Xbox Game Pass.

The download is quite small so be sure to update your console when you get the chance. It should automatically update if you have the device set on "Instant-on" mode.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.