Leaked video shows off new Xbox Live avatar editor

Microsoft has been cooking up a new, more robust Xbox Live avatar system for some time, initially showing off a preview at E3 2017. And while the new system isn't yet ready for primetime, a freshly leaked video offers our best look yet at how the new avatar editor will work.

The leak stems from a ResetERA forum user, who spotted footage of the upcoming Xbox Avatar Windows 10 app allegedly posted to YouTube by an ex-Microsoft contractor (via The Verge). The footage has since been removed from YouTube, but not before the video was saved and posted to Twitter.

A look at the #NewAvatars@JamieMoranUK @Rand_al_Thor_19 @BeastFireTimdog @Mooch1978 @JezCorden @The_CrapGamer pic.twitter.com/htVGQ1xg29— ✖IdleSloth✖ (@IdleSloth1984) April 17, 2018

The video looks similar to what we described in last year in an exclusive early look at the new avatar system, but some tweaks to the layout have been made since then. The editor includes a pretty large number of body customization options, ranging from b body type, to facial features, hair, makeup, to limbs and even fingernails. That's in addition to a variety of clothing options, and a photo booth where you can take shots of your avatar striking a pose.

The new Xbox Live avatars were originally expected to roll out in 2017, but Microsoft later delayed their release into 2018. Testing is expected to begin with Xbox Insiders any day now and, once available, the new avatars will be integrated with the Xbox One dashboard.

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  • Meh... Doubt it can accurately represent my intense handsomeness...
  • Comment of the day!
  • 😂😂😂
  • I wish they showed prosthetics
  • Wow
  • Heard MS are integrating this with Unity... hopefully with Unreal too.
  • What's the point though? They had a great push in the 360 era with 1 vs 100 and Full House Poker which people would use their avatars in. But what's on Xbox One and PC for avatars?
  • a new Forza cart racing game (think Mario Kart) with your Xbox Avatars.
  • Oh wow, this would be amazing
  • Wow, indeed.
  • I hear you. 1 VS 100 was amazing. Once again, another example of how Ms was ahead of the times, and dreaming too big for the current hardware. The funny part, it would probably run great on current hardware. I try to have the same feeling by playing SwagIQ, but you are totally separated from everyone and no avatars. At least you get a host!
  • Looks very cool ;)
  • I think this is the first step toward bringing VR to Xbox. MS has always had a thing for virtual lounges/game party rooms and high-fidelity avatars are the persona others will interact with in the space.
  • Hmm. I think Xbox has a lot of catching up to do in their VR game, but you're absolutely right that avatars would play nicely into that.