I'm turning my Xbox Series X into a smart device with this Amazon Echo Dot deal

Xbox Series X Amazon Echo Dot
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I never thought I'd miss the Xbox One’s now-defunct Kinect camera, but its voice commands were actually one of my favorite features. Shouting at the all-seeing camera to pause Netflix, turn the console off or record a clip was a novelty that never really wore off.

I miss talking to my Xbox, then, so that's why I've decided to take advantage of the Prime Day deals on a number of Amazon Echo devices. It's easy to forget that you can use an Alexa-enabled device such as the Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot to control your Xbox to bring the Kinect’s best feature back for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One consoles.

The Amazon Echo Dot seems like the perfect companion for the Xbox due to its small size, and it should fit nicely on my entertainment center, too. During Prime Day, it's only $24.99 / £24.99, which is less than the price of a game.

Using Alexa, I'll be able to install games straight from Xbox Game Pass, control media playback, invite friends to parties, and control my TV when using HDMI-CEC, all with the power of your voice. It’ll be nice to only have to ask once instead of multiple times, too, thanks to Alexa’s superior voice recognition technology.

Connecting an Alexa-enabled device to your Xbox is simple, too. Just download the Xbox app inside the connected Alexa app by following the instructions, and then enable digital assistants on your Xbox console. To do this, head to Settings, Kinect & Devices and then select Digital Assistants. Tap A on your controller to enable digital assistants and you’re good to go.

Once you’ve got the two devices talking to each other, you can say things like “Hey Alexa, turn on my Xbox” and “Hey Alex, redeem a code”, which is a lovely time-saving feature. There’s also something still wonderfully novel about controlling a device by only using your voice, and I look forward to being able to quickly pause Netflix without having to turn on my Xbox Wireless controller.

(Not in the US or UK? Scroll down for the best Amazon Echo deals in your region).

Today's best Amazon Echo deals on Prime Day (US)

Amazon Echo (4th Gen):  $99.99

Amazon Echo (4th Gen): $99.99 $59.99 at Amazon
Save $40 - 
A fantastic Prime Day deal, Amazon has the latest Echo smart speaker on sale for a record-low price of $59.99 - $10 less than the cheapest price we'd seen until today. The powerful speaker delivers rich sound that adapts to any room and works with Amazon Alexa to become a smart home hub.

Echo Dot (4th generation): $49.99 
Lowest ever price

Echo Dot (4th generation): $49.99 $24.99 at Amazon
Save $25
 -  Amazon's latest Echo Dot is on sale for $24.99 - that's a brand new record low price. With Amazon Alexa on board, the Amazon Echo Dot allows you to control your smart home setup, play music or podcasts, or simply ask the forecast.

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker:  

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker: $39.99 $19.99 at Amazon
Save $20 - 
Get half off the 3rd generation Echo Dot in the Prime Day sale. We've seen this one take big discounts before, but this appears to be the best ever price for this Alexa-equipped smart speaker.

Today's best Amazon Echo deals on Prime Day (UK)

Lowest ever price

Echo Dot (4th generation): £49.99 £24.99 at Amazon
Save £25 - The latest Amazon Echo Dot has dropped down to a brand new record low price in this year's Prime Day deals. You'll find the smaller version of the smart speaker available for just £24.99 right now - £4 cheaper than its previous record low.


Amazon Echo (4th Gen): £89.99 £54.99 at Amazon
Save £35 - 
The latest generation Echo has just dropped down to a brand new record low price. That's an extra £15 off the previous £69.99 record, and excellent value for anyone looking to upgrade this Prime Day.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation):  £39.99

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation): £39.99 £19.99 at Amazon
Save £20 - 
The previous generation Echo Dot has dropped down to £19.99 at Amazon - that's still £1 away from its lowest price ever, and just £5 cheaper than the new model. If you're looking to spend as little as possible (or you're not a fan of the redesign) this is still a solid deal, but we'd recommend checking out the 4th generation first.

Being able to add a whole host of new functionality to your Xbox One or Xbox Series X console for less than the price of a game is a great deal, so don't miss out on the opportunity to add voice commands to your setup during Prime Day, and turn your Xbox into a smart device. 

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No matter where you live, you'll find all the lowest prices for the Amazon Echo from around the web right here, with offers available in your region. 

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Adam Vjestica

Adam was formerly TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. He is now an editor at The Shortcut.