Xbox strikes a blow for inclusivity, adding wheelchairs in Xbox Live avatar update

In a rather inclusive move by Xbox, an avatar customization item for those who use wheelchairs is coming in the latest Xbox Live avatar update, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer.

 

Wheelchairs for Xbox One avatars

Wheelchairs for Xbox One avatars

 

Mike Ybarra, the director of program management for Xbox, first posted the above image of the wheelchair avatar option earlier today, claiming it to be a sneak peek. Seamus Blackley, the co-creator of the Xbox, then weighed in on the subject, suggesting that Xbox Live should definitely support the item.

Finally, Spencer joined the conversation after someone suggested that users sign a petition requesting the option.

“No petition needed, we hear you,” he said. “This is something that we’ve already looked at, not far off.”

 

The image ‘sneak peek’ is also noteworthy as it also shows off that the Xbox Live avatar models and clothing textures have undergone a rather drastic change, having remained the same since their introduction in 2008.

As of yet, there is no precise date on when the Xbox Live avatar overhaul will be implemented.

The next Xbox Live update, titled Anniversary, will be coming later this summer. Aside from the avatar overhaul, the update will fully implement the new Play Anywhere feature, through which games will be playable interchangeably on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

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