The update, which adds 200 voice commands, will launch first for English speakers, with French, Spanish and Italian versions going live at a later date.
Kinect voice commands enable players to navigate the menu screens, issue follower instructions, equip items and perform dragon shouts. A full list of commands has been posted online.
Players can save progress by using the phrase "New Save", select a location on the map by uttering its name and tell allies to "retrieve" items, "attack" enemies and "open" doors or chests.
Dragon shouts, meanwhile, can be performed either in English or the game's very own dragon language by holding the right bumper button.
Bethesda also confirmed that it will release details of Skyrim's upcoming DLC within the next 24 hours, supporting an earlier claim made by marketing VP Pete Hines.
The planned DLC, which will be a timed Xbox 360 exclusive, will add new quests, locations, features and "much more" to the world of Skyrim.
A recent report suggests that one new quest line will involve Snow Elves and the Snow Elf King, while new weapons include a crossbow.
Skyrim was recently updated to version 1.5, adding new killcams and animations.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November. It was named as the fastest-selling PC game on digital distribution service Steam.
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