You Can Now Choose Between “Cortana” and “Xbox” For Voice Commands on Xbox One

Preview members currently have access to Cortana on Xbox One and in the current build it’s not exactly the all-smart AI some of us might have been hoping for. There’s been numerous bugs and glitches with Cortana on Xbox One and so Mike Ybarra has confirmed via Twitter that the Summer update won’t force gamers to use Cortana for voice commands on Xbox One. The newest preview update will allow users to diable Cortana and revert back to the Xbox Kinect commands.

This is a list of the current Cortana commands in the Preview update:

Power “Hey Cortana, Xbox on” (only with Kinect)
“Hey Cortana, turn off”
“Hey Cortana, restart”
Media Controls “Hey Cortana, pause the movie”
“Hey Cortana, rewind”
“Hey Cortana, play the next song”
Audio Controls “Hey Cortana, volume up”
“Hey Cortana, mute”
“Hey Cortana, volume down”
Navigation “Hey Cortana, go home”
“Hey Cortana, go back”
“Hey Cortana, show menu”
“Hey Cortana, change view”
“Hey Cortana, switch”
“Hey Cortana, show notifications”
Profile “Hey Cortana, sign in”
“Hey Cortana, sign in as John”
“Hey Cortana, sign out”
Friends “Hey Cortana, is Michael online?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s Amy doing?”
“Hey Cortana, start a party with Ryan”
“Hey Cortana, send a message to Jasmine”
Games and Apps “Hey Cortana, snap friends”
“Hey Cortana, launch settings”
“Hey Cortana, play Forza”
Game captures “Hey Cortana, take a screenshot”
“Hey Cortana, start broadcast”
“Hey Cortana, record that”
TV & OneGuide “Hey Cortana, watch TV”
“Hey Cortana, watch ESPN”
“Hey Cortana, show the OneGuide”
Search “Hey Cortana, search the web for news about Xbox One”
“Hey Cortana, search the store for Minecraft”
Help “Hey Cortana, help”
“Hey Cortana, what can I say?”
Places “Hey Cortana, show me a map of 123 Main Street”
“Hey Cortana, how far to the Grand Canyon”
“Hey Cortana, when does Starbucks open?”
“Hey Cortana, find cheap pizza restaurants near me”
Facts “Hey Cortana, who is the tallest woman in the world?”
“Hey Cortana, who is the president of Finland?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the capital of Qatar?”
“Hey Cortana, who won the first Super Bowl?”
“Hey Cortana, how tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?”
“Hey Cortana, how many floors are in the Empire State Building?”
“Hey Cortana, who built the White House?”
“Hey Cortana, who are Tom Hanks’ parents?”
“Hey Cortana, when does Fall begin?”
“Hey Cortana, where was Obama born?”
Tracking “Hey Cortana, what time does Alaska 32 depart?”
“Hey Cortana, flight status for Southwest 11?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the status of Hawaiian flight 21?”
Sports “Hey Cortana, when is the next Seahawks game?”
“Hey Cortana, what is the score of the Packers game?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the Arsenal score?”
“Hey Cortana, who will win the 49ers Cardinals game?”
Show times “Hey Cortana, what are the showtimes for Star Wars?”
“Hey Cortana, what movies are playing near me?”
“Hey Cortana, Daft Punk events near me?”
Finance “Hey Cortana, convert 60 dollars to yen?”
“Hey Cortana, bitcoin exchange rate?”
“Hey Cortana, how much is Costco stock worth?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the stock market symbol for Ford Motors?”
“Hey Cortana, how are the US markets doing?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the value of Microsoft stock?”
Math “Hey Cortana, convert 172 pounds to kilograms”
“Hey Cortana, how many meters in 1 kilometer?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the value of cos 60?”
“Hey Cortana, what is the square root of 256?”
Dictionary “Hey Cortana, define delve”
“Hey Cortana, what is the meaning of spartan?”
“Hey Cortana, translate hello to German”
“Hey Cortana, how do you say how are you in French?”
Weather “Hey Cortana, is it hot in Rio de Janeiro?”
“Hey Cortana, will it rain this weekend?”
“Hey Cortana, do I need an umbrella?”
“Hey Cortana, what’s the weather right now?”

However, many of these don’t work as intended so it’s a welcome sight to see the original Xbox commands return as an option for users. This is the first iteration of Cortana on Xbox One so I’m sure it’ll get better as the engineers continue to work on it but right now it’s just not where I wanted it to be for my Xbox One. Stay tuned for more on Cortana on Xbox One and other Xbox preview updates!

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