Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant named Cortana will not be released to Xbox gamers until 2016.
Microsoft is trying a new Windows 10-powered dashboard for the Xbox One. The update features an array of novel features including integration with Cortana. The company has demonstrated in many videos on how the intelligent assistant works with the upcoming dashboard. However, the update will just bring a preview.
Larry Hryb, the director for programming at Xbox Live, who is more commonly known by his Xbox Live gamertag "Major Nelson," suggests that Cortana will not come along the Xbox Live update that is scheduled for November this year.
"Our plan is to add Cortana to the Xbox One experience preview later this year," says Hryb. "From there, we'll ensure that the experience is tuned for gamers before we officially launch Cortana in 2016."
The cause of the Cortana release delay on Xbox One remains unknown. In June this year, during the E3, Microsoft announced that Cortana will enhance gaming experience for Xbox One gamers. However, the company did not confirm the release date of Cortana for Xbox One.
"On Xbox One, Cortana becomes your personal gaming assistant. Cortana helps you elevate your game, gets smarter over time, and works across all your Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones," per an Xbox blog. "Through voice commands on Xbox One, Cortana will assist you to more quickly find great games, new challengers and friends on Xbox Live, or accomplish common tasks."
Despite the delay in Cortana's launch for Xbox One, Microsoft is working hard for the latest Xbox One experience preview. Microsoft is also adding additional Xbox One preview members to the dashboard test this weekend.
The update will bring inline notifications that will allow gamers to reply to a message directly from notifications.
The voice controlled personal assistant has been highly praised for the extra convenience it brings to devices. Many gamers would have hoped to get Cortana integration with the Xbox One update but they will now have to wait a bit longer to experience the personal assistant on the gaming console.