Xbox Avatars are getting an update

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#1 Edited by mrcraggle (3028 posts) -

In a recent Twitter exchange, someone asked about the possibility of adding wheelchair support to avatar's to which Phil Spencer responded saying it was something they were working on. Mike Ybarra then gave a sneak peak of the wheelchairs they were adding. What's interesting here though is that this sneak peak gave us more than just a look at the new wheelchair option but a sneak peak into a brand new redesign of the avatars themselves.

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Since the launch of the Xbox One, avatar's have been massively played down, is this a sign that MS are looking to bring them back in a big way?

What the current avatars look like for reference.
What the current avatars look like for reference.

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#2 Edited by Snail (8898 posts) -

They look creepy. Their faces are sincerely entrenched in the uncanny valley.

And they remind of low-budget straight to VHS CG Barbie movies.

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#3 Edited by nickhead (1135 posts) -

Avatars have always felt forced.

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#4 Edited by TyrellOCP (478 posts) -

That dude looks like the sort of dick who would tip the chair's owner out onto the pavement with his mates, all in the name of "banter."

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#5 Posted by BigSocrates (1887 posts) -

They look like Thunderbirds puppets. I kind of like it.

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#6 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7394 posts) -

They look like creepy little dolls I'd think were haunted.

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#7 Posted by Broddity (119 posts) -

I wouldn't be too surprised to see avatars make their way into non-console Xbox services, such as apps etc, as Microsoft expands the brand to more of a platform across multiple devices.

If that's the plan, then updating them in advance makes some sense.

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#8 Posted by csl316 (14257 posts) -

Team America avatars are fine by me.

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#9 Posted by Twinsun (792 posts) -

Did anyone really miss avatars I wonder?

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#10 Posted by FlashFlood_29 (3726 posts) -


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#11 Posted by mrcraggle (3028 posts) -

Xbox avatars X Playstation Home?

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#12 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12577 posts) -

Wheelchair support is great for people that want that, but MAN those are some weird looking digital people.

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#13 Posted by Justin258 (14755 posts) -

I liked the old avatars. MS were clearly ripping off Nintendo's Mii ideas but I messed around with my 360 avatar way more than I messed around with the Mii on my Wii. That's a weird sentence.

Anyway, those new ones in the chairs look wrong, as others have said.

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#14 Posted by deactivated-5879a8792e775 (227 posts) -

Avatars need to die already. I am really sick of that trend.

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#15 Posted by kcin (899 posts) -

All people-looking avatars are dumb on all platforms. These people-looking avatars also look dumb.

This is not a complaint.

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#16 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (590 posts) -

I haven't really missed them on the new console... I can understand the appeal for some people, but I kinda prefer just having a profile picture next to each gamer tag when cycling through my friends list.

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#17 Posted by colourful_hippie (5762 posts) -

They look fucking awful

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#18 Posted by personandstuff (569 posts) -

Who doesn't want a Master Chief in a wheel chair. The covenant may have broken his spine but they'll never break his spirit.

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#19 Edited by Dixavd (2732 posts) -

I'm not impressed by the new ones, but I do hate the original Xbox Avatars. If, as they have implied, they are looking into bringing them back as part of the Windows10/Xbox integration, I'm glad they are at least updating them. Plus, having little wheelchairs to put them in is adorably awesome.

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#20 Posted by big_jon (6450 posts) -

Who doesn't want a Master Chief in a wheel chair. The covenant may have broken his spine but they'll never break his spirit.


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#21 Posted by atomicoldman (773 posts) -

I wonder what the bottom of their feet look like.

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#22 Posted by Tom_omb (843 posts) -

I hope all my old items carry over as I've already created the perfect avatar. Han Solo's body, Boba Fett's head, and festive winter gloves.

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#23 Posted by OneLoneClone (137 posts) -

they look fine.

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#24 Posted by big_jon (6450 posts) -

Little bit creepy for some reason

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#25 Edited by xolare (1359 posts) -

What the fuck is up with their eyes

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