Cortana & Kinect

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  1. "Xbox, find controller" command

    Add a "Xbox find controller" command so your controller would start vibrating. Would save a lot of people a lot of trouble!

    [Mod Edit: This idea was merged with similar ideas posted by JohnnyBoy716. Thanks everyone!]

    5,800 votes
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  2. Say "Thank you" to have the Xbox stop listening

    The phrase stop listening works, but a more natural extension of voice would be "Thank you". Not that the current command needs to be removed, but here in our household we find ourselves saying "thank you... ugh, stop listening".

    Thanks so much. :)

    4,881 votes
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  3. "Xbox, Turn Off" prompts users with "Yes," "No" and "Reboot"

    I know that it sounds lazy, but it would be nice to be able to do a hard reset from the couch.
    "Xbox Turn Off" -> "Reboot"
    Would perform a hard reset, then you could turn the console back on with the controller.

    4,633 votes
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  4. Ability to eject the disc that is in the tray using Kinect by saying "Xbox, eject".

    Being able to use the Kinect to eject the disc which is in the Xbox Disc Tray. This could easily be done by saying "Xbox, eject", and would be a very helpful feature on the Xbox One.

    4,615 votes
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  5. Saying "Again" will repeat the last said command

    Kind of useful when you are tired of saying "Xbox volume up/down" several times until you reach what you want or "Xbox go back".

    Make it available while it is listening after a command.

    2,308 votes
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  6. Add a "Then" command to Kinect

    Let me chain commands for it, like "Xbox, go to Titanfall, then snap TV"

    2,211 votes
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  7. Choose the Voice for Cortana

    With Cortana coming soon with the new xbox one experience, it would have been great to choose from a list of voices.
    My choice goes to the voice of Lara Croft and maybe some female gamers prefer some male voice too.

    2,005 votes
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  8. Please don't remove the 'Xbox On' and 'Xbox Turn Off' commands

    In the new Cortana update, 'Xbox On' has become 'hey Cortana, turn on my Xbox'. And 'Xbox Turn Off' has become 'hey Cortana, turn off my Xbox'. It's just cumbersome and less reliable, please let us use the original commands for convenience sake!

    Maybe even give us the choice as to wether we want to refer to our Xbox as 'Xbox' or 'Cortana' to avoid accidentally triggering the voice assistant on our PCs or windows phones that also have her!

    1,699 votes
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  9. "Xbox, Turn Off Controller" Voice Commands

    Sometimes im eatin and watchin Netflix on my xbox one and can't reach for controller or my hands are greasy but I wanna turn my controller off so battery wont go dead.. I thinkwe should be able to say "xbox turn off controller" or just say "xbox turn off" and u can choose to turn system off or controller. . HANDS FREE

    1,359 votes
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  10. Ability to use the custom console name for voice commands instead of "Xbox"

    It would be awesome if you could use the name you give your console for voice commands. So instead of "Xbox Record That" it could be "Steve Record That" or "STOP LISTENING, STEVE!"

    [Mod Edit: This idea was merged with a similar idea posted by bahm and *HeresMyNuts. Thanks, everyone!]

    1,345 votes
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  11. The ability to say 'Xbox Appear Offline/Online'

    Instead of having to go into Friends -> My Profile to appear offline or online It would be nice if we could just say 'Xbox Appear Offline' or Xbox Appear Online'.

    1,267 votes
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  12. Cortana reads notifications

    Sense I'm using my WP any new SMS I receive Cortana ( as I think) says you got new message , and if I open it, she read the message for me.

    Will I hope Cortana came to the X-1, and any new messages or achievement unlock or received invite from friend or any thing else that could be read Cortana says it. In the end its better to hear it.

    [Mod edit: Title changed from "better to hear it - Cortana read notifications on mobile."

    1,242 votes
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  13. Get rid of the "Hey" in "Hey, Cortana"

    Why four syllables? Shaving off that extra, "Hey," will allow for a better user experience. Saying "hey" all the time would drive you mad if you do it many times throughout the years. It's all about the optimizations and improving user interactions. This should apply to Xbox, Windows, and the phone.

    1,234 votes
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  14. Give the Xbox one version of cortana a visual component aside from just the voice.

    I think I speak for all the halo fans or even xbox owners (hopefully that will be reflected in the votes for this particular idea) that we would like the full experience with Cortana and, not just the voice. Hopefully you guys can reserve a corner for her maybe have it adjustable and of course give those of us who prefer no visual representation the ability to turn it off. Thanks, let me know what you guys think.

    [Mod Edit: This idea was merged with a similar idea from Swirly Kalen. Thanks Everyone!]

    947 votes
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  15. Let Cortana notify the player when there is an update avalible.

    Cortana should be able to notify the player of when there is an update for Xbox One or any game that we own. This way the player can stay up to date with all the new features on their console and games.

    932 votes
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  16. Dim volume when "Xbox" voice command detected

    Sometimes kinect doesn't recognise voice commands correctly when the volume is up. It will be nice to automatically dim the volume temporarily once the "xbox" voice command is detected. That way the rest of the command will be recognized fine.

    668 votes
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  17. Cortana should let us know when our controller is about to die

    Cortana should announce what percentage of battery is left in our controller and maybe an estimated amount of time left before it needs to charge.

    575 votes
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  18. "Xbox, Swap" to Swap the Main and Snapped Apps

    We need an "Xbox, Swap" voice command that instantly swaps the main app with the currently snapped app. For example, of you are watching TV in the main window while Skype is snapped, you can say "Xbox, swap" and TV and Skype will flip-flop positions (i.e. TV will go to the snap positon and Skype will go to the main position).

    If the app in the main windows isn't snappable, that's okay. Still suspend it in snap mode so that we can easily "swap" it back to the main window when we want to.

    558 votes
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  19. Saying "Xbox on" also turns on the controller

    It's daft that you can turn on the Xbox by using your voice but you still have to hit the button on the controller. You may as well just hit the button as it turns on the console as well.

    542 votes
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  20. "Xbox, call 911!"

    Imagine:

    You are home alone. Maybe you just got out of the shower. You walk into your living room. And there is an intruder. You don't have your phone in your hand. What do you do?

    WHAT IF... you could look at your intruder and say "Xbox, call 911" and then, without asking if you are sure, it DOES!

    And THEN-- the handy dandy kinect can go ahead and start recording what is happening. You can start describing your assailant. You can position yourself so the kinect can get a good view of the guy (or gal). Your kinect can…

    533 votes
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