Custom Gamerpics are coming to Xbox Live before E3 2017

During the latest episode of Major Nelson Radio, an official podcast from Xbox Live's Larry Hryb, further details have been shed on the long-awaited addition of custom Gamerpics. As shared by Microsoft's Mike Ybarra, the team is currently aiming to release the feature ahead of E3 2017.

Since the Xbox One's launch back in 2013, Xbox Live users have been restricted to a small pool of pre-made Gamer Pictures available to all profiles. Unlike the Xbox 360 where developers could offer their own 'Gamerpic packs' for purchase, Xbox One owners are limited to a small offering from Microsoft.

Mike Ybarra of the Xbox team has now confirmed that custom Gamer Pictures are on the way relatively soon and set to drop in the coming months. Although they won't be included in the Xbox One's upcoming Creator's Update, we can expect the feature to arrive shortly after the public rollout, ahead of E3 2017. The team is also working to bring custom Club artwork to Xbox Live during the process.

This delay supposedly comes down to the system's unpredictability, with a risk of unwanted content appearing on Xbox Live. To avoid having a rampant influx of inappropriate images, some form of moderation is seemingly on the way.

Would you use custom Gamerpics for Xbox One? Or do you prefer the preset options? Make sure to let us know in the comments!

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.