Wheelchair options confirmed for use in Xbox avatars

By ·July 6, 2016 9:09 am

There are many users who are a little different because of their disabilities, and because of this, do not feel their gaming avatars represent them fully. If this is the case for you, fear not, for Microsoft is now making wheelchairs an option for your Xbox avatar!

The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed through a tweet that the avatar option for wheelchairs has been in the works for a while. He posted the tweet after getting prompts from fans, one even suggesting a petition.

There are roughly 53 million disabled adults in the US alone, so this is an amazing stride on Microsoft’s part to represent them. This could be the next step that opens up a whole scope of ways to represent those who weren’t represented before, and to include those unlike the general population. These inclusions have already been seen in other platforms. For instance, Facebook has made new skin tones available for it’s messenger emojis, there are more emojis for women and other identities in general, and even a line of disabled dolls with disabilities has come out. Maybe this will prompt Sony and Nintendo to follow suit.

Mike Ybarra, head of Windows and Xbox program management, gave a sneak peek of the avatars, a male and female, both sitting in wheelchairs. The avatars themselves have an updated look where they look more detailed. This brings even moree excitement as it gives an inside look of an updated for all avatars.

Sadly, there was no date given for the availability of the upcoming wheelchair option, but it is now something many are looking forward to.

What do you think of the new feature coming soon and what other options would you suggest for Xbox’s avatars? Tell us in the comments below!

Written by Abigail Meck

Lifestyle and Gaming Writer

As an anime fan and fellow geek I am happy to create articles for The Nerd Recites! I have been an anime fan for over a decade and a cosplayer/con-goer for about five years.

My main passions are singing and voice acting, while my interests include anime, manga, dancing, writing, and gaming.
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