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Xbox Avatar Editor leaked, so why won’t Microsoft just launch it already?

Since the initial unveiling at E3 last summer, Microsoft has dragged its heels over releasing its reimagined Xbox Avatars.

However, with a launch thought to the on the way, one eagle-eyed web user found a video posted by a Microsoft designer, showing how the new system will work.

The clip illustrates exactly how players will be able to customise their digital selves, right down to the lengths of their eyelashes.

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Of course, you’ll be able to alter the physical appearance in many other ways, as well as the wardrobe.

As showcased within the video, the neat ‘Photobooth’ feature allows you to select an animation for your avatar and then take a still frame, which will be your stationary avatar.

Interestingly, it appears there’ll also be an ‘Alter Ego’ mode, enabling gamers to embrace their inner dark side with a different avatar.

The initial video was uploaded to YouTube, but was quickly deleted. Thankfully, Twitter user @IdleSloth1984 seems to have ripped it beforehand and posted it to his feed.

Microsoft has previously revealed the new avatars will be a lot more inclusive than their predecessors.

Wheelchair users and those with prosthetic limbs will see those as options when creating their avatars. There’s also support for a wider range body types, including pregnancy and those with curvier figures.

We’re still not sure when Microsoft will roll out the Avatars, but the appearance of demonstration videos suggests the official launch might be closing in.

The new Avatars could be a pretty significant part of the Xbox landscape moving forward, given Microsoft has dropped hints they’ll be brought into real games in the future.

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