Starting this week gamers will be able to use Alexa with their Xbox systems and, to celebrate, their newfound friendship, Amazon will be giving away a brand-new Amazon Echo Dot for free with select Xbox bundles.
The deal is available starting on October 12 and will include the latest version of the Echo Dot (3rd Generation), either a 1TB Xbox One S or a 1TB Xbox One X and a copy of NBA 2K19. The bundles will run you $299 and $499, respectively, and are only available only in the US and exclusively through Amazon.
The deal only lasts for a limited time, however, so you’ll need to act fast.
Xbox One S 1TB NBA 2K19 Bundle + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) | $299 Looking to go for an all-white aesthetic? This Xbox One S bundle packages the Xbox One S console with a Sandstone version of the Amazon Echo Dot. Style, meet function.View Deal
Xbox One X 1TB NBA 2K19 Bundle + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) | $499 Want to go full 4K? This Xbox One X bundle packages Microsoft’s UHD HDR beast with a matching Charcoal version of the Amazon Echo Dot – and, of course, NBA 2K19.View Deal
Achievement unlocked: Alexa compatibility
So, just what exactly can your new Alexa-compatible Xbox One do?
At launch, you’ll be able use Alexa to adjust the volume of the console, launch games and apps, start and stop broadcasts on Mixer and capture screenshots, with more functionality coming further down the road.
That said, you’ll need to remember to enable the skill in your Amazon app before you start, and then link your Microsoft and Amazon accounts together so Alexa can locate and control your console.