The recently announced Xbox 360 successor Xbox One will support Xbox Avatars, according to Xbox Corporate Vice President Ben Kilgore, who spoke to EGM Now.
“We believe on Xbox One,” Kilgore said, “people will start to use more real images of themselves as well, but we still support Avatars.”
Kilgore’s statement comes after a Microsoft press release stated, “avatar content” will not be available on Xbox One. “Avatar content” could refer to the accessories available to purchase on Xbox Live, not specifically the avatars themselves.
A move away from Xbox Avatars could mean that Banjo-Kazooie and Viva Piñata developer Rare, who has been creating Avatar accessories, will have more time to develop games, including the “historic IP,” Microsoft Studios Vice President Phil Spencer said the studio is working on today.
Xbox Avatars were introduced in 2008, and are used in several games like Kinect Sports and 1 vs. 100.
Source: EGM Now, Microsoft