Unveiled last year, a major update to Avatars is arriving today for Xbox Insiders. The launch which sees Avatars take a more unique representation of your desired style, personality, creativity, and mood as you play on Xbox One.

Microsoft  is busy applying the final touches for the first preview of the Xbox Avatar Editor app. The preview launch will officially begin today, and members of Alpha and Alpha – Skip Ahead will be able to access the beta Xbox Avatar Editor via the Xbox Insider Hub’s Insider content tab.

New Categories

The new Xbox Avatars are built from the ground up in to enable an unprecedented amount of inclusive customisation options, and we will continue to grow these selections over time. A wide range of body types and gender-neutral clothing enable you to uniquely tailor your avatar however you see fit.  If you see something you like, you can use it. Xbox Avatars now feature entirely new categories of appearance items and accessories, including fingernails, makeup, limbs, nose rings, and moods.

Countless Colour Combinations

Thanks to the powerful new Avatar Editor app, virtually every aspect of your avatar can be personalized on-the-fly.  Each feature, including skin tone, hair, wearables, and props, can support over 16 million colour options.  Most closet items also support multiple custom colours, so the number of possible colour combinations for a single item can go from trillions all the way up to almost eighty octillion– that’s an eight followed by 28 zeroes!  With so many color options, it could be easy to lose track of that exact hue that you just used on an item. But don’t worry! Your recently used colours will be available in the “my colours” section of the colour selection menu.

Smile for the Camera

Once you’ve created your new Avatar, you’re going to want to show it off! The Photobooth feature in the Avatar Editor enables you to capture a great photo of your Avatar to use as your Gamerpic.  Pose your Avatar using a multitude of different emotes, each of which can be paused and advanced frame-by-frame with far more control than ever before. 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.

Express Yourself

Self-expression is an important tenant of Xbox Avatars, and Microsoft know that some of us have become attached to your Xbox Original Avatar since they were first introduced almost ten years ago.  So the freedom is being given to choose how represent yourself to Friends on Xbox Live, whether that’s with the all-new Avatars, a custom Gamerpic, or your Xbox Original Avatar.

Insiders let us know your thoughts on the new Avatars in the comments.

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