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Now, you can use Alexa to find out what's new to Xbox Game Pass, what the popular games are, what's leaving the catalog, and more. And unfortunately, you won't get a warning when something on your Play Later list is about to leave the service. It seems that, while a traditional Xbox console is obviously the preferred route, Microsoft recognizes that not every gamer can invest $249 (about £250, AU$350) in new hardware every few years.

Today, Microsoft released the July 2019 Xbox Update, bringing new Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Skill for Alexa functionality to its consoles. In the coming months, Alexa support will be added to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain.

The update also added new Alexa voice commands such as being able to tell Alexa, "Alexa, ask Xbox what's new on Game Pass?" or "Alexa, ask Xbox what are my friends playing?". Good news, so have we! Play Later is a simple way of making lists of games that you might want to come back to... later.

For the full list of Alexa's possible commands for the Xbox, check out their website. As the name implies, this is a section where you can add games as a memo to yourself to play at a later time. You can even ask her if any of your friends are now online playing any of the games. Microsoft also makes the best pro gamepad (the Xbox Elite controller), so extending to phones and tablets looks like the next logical step.

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