Everybody loves expressing themselves, but the options to do so have always been fairly limited as far as gaming profiles are concerned. Microsoft has had an avatar system since the early days of the Xbox 360, but it hasn't been that popular on the current generation hardware. Now, however, Microsoft is looking to make changes to their avatars, adding more customization options and revamping the system to make it feel more inclusive.
The new options will give players more control over their avatar's appearance, expressions, and accessories, which Microsoft hopes will make the more system more appealing to a broader audience. There will also be a ton of content from franchises such as Halo and Gears of War for fans that want to represent their favorite games. This isn't the first time they've shown off the new system, as the changes were originally announced back at E3 2017.
Players will also be able to use a new Photobooth mode to create their own gamer pics. The new mode is much more in depth than what Microsoft has done in the past, allowing players to use custom framing techniques and frame-by-frame animations to capture the perfect shot. This should add a little bit more flair to the Xbox's current system, which doesn't include that many options for profile pictures out of the box.
The avatar updates aren't a massive change, but it is a nice touch that some players will likely spend hours toying with. Character customization, when extensive, is adored by gamers everywhere, so fans are sure to appreciate the new additions. It's also great that Microsoft is trying to add more inclusive options to their platform, as many game companies consistently fail where diversity is concerned.
Microsoft hasn't announced a solid release date for the new avatars quite yet, but anxious fans won't have very long to wait, as the feature is packed in with the next console update releasing sometime in October. Hopefully, the new update will provide a multitude of options for gamers and casuals from every walk of life. In the meantime, players will just have to stick with the lackluster default gamer pics.