Microsoft’s Xbox Live avatars finally arrive for Insiders

Donna Miller
June 19, 2018

Microsoft first announced big changes to Xbox avatars nearly two years ago. Well, at least for some. As an Xbox Insider, you're among the first to get your hands on the new Avatars.

And Microsoft says that there's now an "unprecedented" amount of options when creating your avatar, ranging from different body types to gender-neutral clothing.

Microsoft has said that it will add even more clothing, props, moods and accessories in the future and there will be an avatar store where it'll be possible to purchase new items. Avatars will be a unique representation of your desired style, personality, creativity, and mood as you play on Xbox One. Each feature, including skin tone, hair, wearables, and props, can support over 16 million color options. The total number of possible colour combinations that can be used on a single item is nearly eighty octillion.

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The new Xbox Live Avatars will be available to Xbox Insiders members today, although a larger release still has no definite date. "But don't worry! Your recently used colors will be available in the "my colors" section of the color selection menu".

The new Avatar Editor app was built from the ground up so that the development team could introduce various new and inclusive customisation features. The Photobooth feature is where you'll be able to take a photo of your avatar while using a variety of emotes, each of which can be paused and advanced frame-by-frame to find the flawless picture. "Rotate and zoom controls help you capture the exact pose that you're looking for, and a wide variety of background colors enable you to set the scene".

Currently, the new avatars are only used in the new avatar editor.

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