Check out the full list of Xbox One's Kinect U.S. voice commands

In reading the various reviews of the Xbox One that have been posted so far, one trend is that the Kinect sensor picks up on the owner's voice commands most of the time. If you are buying Microsoft's next-gen console on Friday, you might want to get a head start on what specific commands you need to use to get the device to work.

Game Informer has posted a scan of the Xbox One's U.S. manual that lists all of those Kinect commands. For simplicity's sake, we have posted the list below. Keep in mind that the Kinect voice commands will differ in the other Xbox One launch countries and territories.

System Commands

Xbox on - Wakes up Xbox One, turns on television and cable/satellite set-top box
Xbox turn off - Puts Xbox One to sleep/off, can turn off television and cable/satellite set-top box
Xbox - Shows menu of global voice command options and begins listening for the next command
Xbox select - Shows voice command options for everything on the screen that are supported. Shows channel shortcuts during full screen TV viewing
Stop listening - Stops Kinect from listening or cancels voice commands if Kinect is triggered during causal conversation
Xbox help - Shows help menu with available options
Xbox use a code - Triggers Kinect code scanning for QR codes
Xbox show notification - Shows on-screen notifications

Identity

Xbox sign in/out or Xbox sign in as [person] - Signs in/out an Xbox Live member

Gaming

Xbox record that - Record the previous 30 seconds of gameplay
Xbox start a party - Launches the Party app in Snap mode

Volume

Xbox volume up/down and Xbox mute/unmute - controls volume of TV set

Navigation and Multitasking

Xbox go home or Xbox show my stuff - Returns to Home screen
Xbox go to [activity] - Launches specific games, TV shows, apps, notifications and sections of the dash.
Xbox show menu - In full screen, shows menu for whatever is on the screen. At Home, shows menu for whatever is in the current window
Xbox go back - Returns to previous screen or menu option
Xbox Snap [app] - Launches activity in Snap mode
Xbox unsnap - Unsnaps activity in Snap mode
Xbox switch - Switches control of the activities in Snap mode and Fill mode

Communication

Xbox Skype [Person] or Xbox call [person] - Launches Skype call, must ba a person from your Skype favorites list on your Xbox One
Xbox answer/answer without video - Answers incoming Skype call
Xbox hang up - Ends Skye call
Xbox send a message - Sends message to your Xbox Live friends

TV

Xbox watch TV - Launches cable or satellite TV from set top box
Xbox watch [channel] - Changes cable or satellite TV  to specific channel when channel shortcuts are showing
Xbox show guide or Xbox OneGuide - Launches OneGuide for cable or satellite TV subscribers

Transport Controls

Xbox play/stop/pause/fast forward/rewind/faster/slower/skip forward/skip backward/next song/previous song - Transport controls for media playback; play and pause also work for gameplay.
Xbox Play [music/video] - Launches video and music playback

Bing and Internet Explorer

Browse to [website] - Browse to the specific website when in Internet Explorer
Xbox Bing [name] - Launches Bing and searches for the specific item[s]

Source: Game Informer | Image via Microsoft

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Soldiers33 said,
How would saying xbox off turn off the TV? does it have to be a compatible one?

Uses an IR blaster. So it would the same as buying one of those multi-functional replacement remote controls.

MikeChipshop said,

Uses an IR blaster. So it would the same as buying one of those multi-functional replacement remote controls.


cool, thanks for the reply.

I'm really curious about how the volume controls work in the most simple scenario where the sound is coming from receiver instead of a TV (so, different remote codes.) Or TV, for that matter. I will believe it works when I see it work, I suppose.

waded said,
I'm really curious about how the volume controls work in the most simple scenario where the sound is coming from receiver instead of a TV (so, different remote codes.) Or TV, for that matter. I will believe it works when I see it work, I suppose.

In one of the reviews it showed selecting different brands of TVs, cable box, receiver so I assume it searches for codes that way

Exactly. It has a database of what IR-signals does what, based on you cable box.

If I recall correctly you can set it up manually if you cable box isn't in the database; can someone confirm this?

waded said,
I'm really curious about how the volume controls work in the most simple scenario where the sound is coming from receiver instead of a TV (so, different remote codes.) Or TV, for that matter. I will believe it works when I see it work, I suppose.

I can get a £5 cheapo remote that can do this, so why wouldn't the Xbox?

deaf people can't speak. How? Does sign language working with Kincect? I saw Microsoft Research China on video recently.

calimike said,
deaf people can't speak. How? Does sign language working with Kincect? I saw Microsoft Research China on video recently.

Not yet, but as you say, MS Research is working on it. I think it could be a powerful way to communicate to computers for everyone.

That is really awesome, and I'm sure it will happen in the next few years. Microsoft has some awesome tech, even if they're not always great at marketing it. Like the translator app. Love it when tech improves lives.

incendy said,

Not yet, but as you say, MS Research is working on it. I think it could be a powerful way to communicate to computers for everyone.


Unlike using a keyboard

-adrian- said,

Unlike using a keyboard

Obviously, you would use a keyboard when available. But sign language and gesture would be used in scenarios where it is not with you, similar to how voice is used with Kinect now.

calimike said,
deaf people can't speak. How? Does sign language working with Kincect? I saw Microsoft Research China on video recently.

Well they can technically speak. It is just harder for them since they can't hear themselves. On sort of the same note it would be awesome to have Kinect be able to read sign language. How cool would it be to release a learn sign language app? I'd like to learn.