Seven years after their debut on the Xbox 360, Rare’s Xbox Avatars are making the full journey to Windows 10—and you can now download a preview app to get a first taste of their arrival.
Now, I know some of you out there detest the Xbox Avatars for being “stupid” or “kiddy” or other words that I won’t use that disparage homosexuals, but I’ve always loved them. They came as part of a big movement to bring digital representations of gamers to consoles, along with Nintendo’s Miis and Sony’s freaks of nature that were the Home avatars. For me, Microsoft’s take on the idea struck the perfect balance between detail and abstraction, and seeing my friends list displayed as little virtual characters reminded me that there were real human beings out there behind those screen names.
With the launch of the Xbox One, however, it seemed like Microsoft was looking to push the Xbox Avatars into the background—if not push them off a cliff. Thankfully, not only are they still around, but they seem to be making something of a resurgence. (Too bad, haters!)
One place that’s happening? Windows 10. While Xbox Avatars have shown up on previous iterations of Windows, this time around it’s looking as if they’ll have deeper, more proper integration. To show some of that off, Microsoft has released a new Avatars preview app, which you can snag by clicking the link below. From there, Xbox spokesman Larry Hryb promises more on the Window 10 avatar front later this week.
Source: Microsoft Avatars preview app