Only in June had we almost started a campaign to find out where the hell Avatars were for the new Xbox One console. Had they been killed off, are they hidden… but we came to the conclusion the only real clue to their existence was in the form of Kinect Sports Rivals, by comparing the box art to previous Kinect Sports titles you could assume from the upcoming Xbox One title that your Xbox LIVE Avatars will now become more human looking than ever before with improvements to facial, head, body muscle and other physical improvements to more resemble a human appearance?
Seems it was a good guess!
“Your avatar will be on the system at launch and in fact, you’ll have some new options, including the ability to do full-body HD gamerpics”, said Marc Whitten, speaking to IGN, confirming that gamers on the Xbox One will be now able to scan themselves with the new Kinect so that their Avatar more closely resembles them, from head to toe.
“We should actually talk more about gamerpics too. We’ve moved from the 64×64 gamerpics on Xbox 360 to a full 1080p. They are beautiful, and you are going to see some really cool hero moments, like when you login to see personalised views of your games and other content.”
Gamers will also be able to earn achievements for both current and next-gen titles, so if you have the same game on both platforms you can double up your gamerscore, but obviously there are some new enhancements for Xbox One titles on the way.
“Every game has its own set of achievements, so if you’re playing Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and on Xbox One, you can earn a separate set of Gamerscore in each game. But on the Xbox One version, you’re getting a much richer set of features, such as seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console, being able to unlock new achievements throughout the year, and earning real prixes inside and outside of the game. Xbox One also enables a new concept of challenges, where games will be offering special time-based opportunites to earn various goals and collect the rewards.”