Microsoft adding wheelchairs for Xbox Live avatars

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Microsoft wants everyone to feel comfortable on Xbox Live, something that’s difficult to do seeing as everyone has different needs. Still, there are some Microsoft can pay attention to and Microsoft wants to make them feel right at home.

To do so, the company is adding a wheelchair option for Xbox Live Avatars. We’re not sure when it’s coming but Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, announced it on Twitter. Not long after, Mike Ybarra from Microsoft tweeted a sneak peek of what to expect:

What’s interesting about these avatars are their more detailed faces, suggesting Microsoft could be making moves to improve avatar design across the board — something that’s long overdue.

Microsoft first released avatars back in 2008 for the Xbox 360 and since then, the feature went through several updates. We expect this new update for avatars to come alongside the big update set for August of this year. If not, we’re sure it should come before the end of 2016.

August is a big month for Microsoft because the company is planning to release the 2TB version of its Xbox One S that same month alongside the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Gamescom also takes place in August, the perfect spot for new video game announcements and the possibility to allow game developers and consumers to learn more about Project Scorpio and Xbox Play Anywhere.


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