In 2008, Xbox avatars launched on the Xbox 360 as a new, main feature of the console where you could create and personalize your avatar however you saw fit. You could put the Xbox avatars in whatever clothes you like, or have the Xbox avatar hold props and interact with them. On the Xbox One, the Xbox avatars are available via a separate app where you can take a picture of the avatars for your gamer pic.
Microsoft plans on updating Xbox avatars with better graphics, better features, and more improvements. Xbox avatars have become like a social entity across Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows, and Windows Phone. You can personalize your avatar to look like you do, what you imagine looking like, or your own personal creation based on whatever you want.
Microsoft is looking to create a unified operating system across all Microsoft platforms, so Microsoft is looking to hire two software engineers to facilitate this change. We previously reported on possible updates to the Xbox avatars back in October 2014.
Microsoft is looking for qualified individuals to do the following:
You will own the rendering tech for the Avatar engine, working to ensure Avatars are not only gorgeous, but highly performant across a wide scale of devices. As we cross the threshold to a unified operating system and product experience across Microsoft, it is time to for Xbox avatars to also advance to the next level. Come with us, as we take Xbox avatars on their biggest adventure yet with higher fidelity and a bigger stage in new Xbox experiences. You will be part of the broader Xbox Experiences team, which owns the Xbox One Shell, and the Xbox experiences across console, desktop, slate, mobile, iOS, and Android. At Xbox we’re looking for a senior graphics engineer that will work with us to grow the avatar platform across all of our platforms, leveraging the power of Xbox One, the far reach of Windows, and the intimacy of touch on mobile devices.
If you are qualified for the position, be sure to check out the job postings in the links below and let us know what you think about this development in the comments!