Microsoft’s October 2018 update for the Xbox One is finally here, the return of Xbox Avatars in an upgraded form.
The update, which began rolling out Thursday, introduces what Microsoft refers to as “new Xbox Avatars.” Their arrival is a year late — the company originally unveiled its revised Avatars during last year’s E3, Microsoft delayed the release and started beta-testing the new Avatars with members of the Xbox Insider Program this past June.
Microsoft designed the new Avatars to be much more inclusive than the original ones, with customization options such as gender-neutral clothes and diverse body types. The Avatar editor also allows people with disabilities to represent themselves, offering items such as wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs. And users can customize each element of an Avatar, including skin, hair, clothes and accessories, with more than 16 million colors. Of course, Microsoft also sells additional options, such as designs themed to franchises like Halo and Gears of War, in the Avatar Store.
The new Avatars will show up across the Xbox One interface in places like profile pages, activity feed posts, Gamerscore leaderboards and friends’ posts.