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The Xbox avatars are getting an upgrade

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There are a ton of differences between the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. For starters, I could barely drop a concussion on Geoff with the current 360 model, but the Xbox One is a blunt force trauma inflictor of note thanks to some rugged design and the fact that it’s the size of a VW Beetle. One thing that the two consoles do have in common, however? Avatars. Xbox avatars have been around for many a year now, with the current crop migrating onto the Xbox One. But they could be in for an upgrade soon.

According to job advertisements spotted by DualShockers, revamped avatars with a touch more of that sweet high definition processing power could be on the way. The ads detail two job positions for software engineers who can “Develop, design, modify and optimize graphic and related rendering systems for the Avatar ecosystem”.

It’s been six years since Avatars first showed up on the Xbox 360, with the personalised characters stretching onto other Microsoft platforms as well. They’ve also been a solid cash-cow for the company, as Avatars could be pimped out with new accessories and outfits. For a fee of course. Man, who in their right mind would spend money on a glorified digital Barbie doll?

Who ya gonna call

Erm, right. Yes. I’ve always dug avatars. The PlayStation Home avatars always felt a bit too Second-Lifey for my tastes however, while the Nintendo Miis were generally quite terrible. Xbox on the other hand, had a great blend between cartoony and fun representations of users. What do you want to see in an upgraded avatar?

Last Updated: January 6, 2015

23 Comments

  1. RinceThis

    January 6, 2015 at 12:09

    I want to see avatars recreate special moments, like ‘It’s not like we can flip a switch’

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    • Brady miaau

      January 6, 2015 at 12:12

      Like your awesome diving head-shot in Halo or something?

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      • RinceThis

        January 6, 2015 at 12:13

        Erm, ok? 0_O

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        • Brady miaau

          January 6, 2015 at 12:14

          Ok, so then like your sisters wedding or something?

          I am confused. Which is quite easy at the moment

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 6, 2015 at 12:14

            Damn it. We hadn’t told him about it yet.

          • Brady miaau

            January 6, 2015 at 12:15

            Ah, well. Lucky guess?

          • RinceThis

            January 6, 2015 at 12:16

            0-O I am so HAPPY!

          • RinceThis

            January 6, 2015 at 12:15

          • Brady miaau

            January 6, 2015 at 12:16

            In other words, a lack of gamer skill then? 🙂

            Surely any half way decent gamer would know the basics, like jump and duck?

          • The Lols!

            January 6, 2015 at 12:30

            That made me laugh XD Have a +1

          • Rock789

            January 6, 2015 at 13:49

            DODGEBALL!!!! **starts pelting co-workers with keyboards, pens and monitors!**

    • Hammersteyn

      January 6, 2015 at 12:16

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 6, 2015 at 12:18

        Everyone gives him crap about that. When he said that he wasn’t an engineer either. But 4 days later he was.

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        • RinceThis

          January 6, 2015 at 12:20

          Hey, he’s a 4 day kindda qualified guy? 0-O

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 6, 2015 at 12:21

          He was a lot of things after the reveal. Then he wasn’t, then he was, then he wasn’t, etc.

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 6, 2015 at 12:23

            Nice jacket he’s wearing though.

  2. Brady miaau

    January 6, 2015 at 12:13

    Had the same Avatar since we got the Xbox 360. Wife put a cowboy hat on the lady avatar and perhaps some clothes. No change since. Dunno if same Avatar on Xbox One, cause never checked and do not really care. For other people, I suppose

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 6, 2015 at 12:16

    With PlayStation Home set to be shut down this year I have to wonder if Sony has something else planned to replace it.

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  4. Hammersteyn

    January 6, 2015 at 12:20

    “I fight for the user” yeah thanks Disney….

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  5. Admiral Chief

    January 6, 2015 at 12:26

    At least Darryn cannot choose a custom avatar like this:

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    • CAE9872

      January 6, 2015 at 12:38

      Why? WHY?

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 6, 2015 at 13:07

        I take it you refreshed the picture…

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        • CAE9872

          January 6, 2015 at 13:20

          Unfortunately yes…

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