October Xbox Update Brings Revamped Avatars and Dolby Vision Support, Among Others

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In a post detailing the update on the Xbox website, Microsoft says that the new Avatars are "expressive, creative and, most importantly, bring to life the community of fans they represent".

The Avatar Editor features almost unlimited skin color options, a wide range of body types, and in-depth facial details. And if you don't like the new Xbox Avatar, Microsoft will let you get back your original Xbox Avatar by simply switching to the Xbox Original Avatar through the Xbox Avatar Editor. In addition to all the items that are available at launch, we also have a new Avatar Store where you can obtain even more new Avatar items, including licensed designs from Halo, Gears of War, and more. Using one of these AI devices, players can turn their console on and off, launch games, and capture screenshots. You can now choose to have your Xbox Avatar across your entire Xbox One profile and console, and even use it as your gamerpic.

Those interested in streaming video get a new boost too, with Dolby Vision HDR support added for Xbox One S and X users.

The latest update for Xbox One is a huge one. The Xbox Skill feature allows interaction with your Xbox using Alexa or Cortana devices.

Dolby Vision support is now included for video streaming on supported LG TVs, with Dolby's standard going further than regular HDR10 content in colour accuracy and HDR depth. You'll also be able to edit all aspects of your Avatar's appearance such as skin and hair. The new avatars include all body types, moods, items from games, and more.

Dolby Vision is supported by select TVs made in 2017 and 2018 by LG, Sony, and Funai. As of 6:30 am ET, the free Echo Dot 3 deal with Xbox console purchases is not live yet.

Microsoft stated that tons of customization options will be available at launch with plenty more to come. They were created to be more inclusive, expressive, and creative for users to help represent the Xbox community. Lastly, five additional languages were added to Narrator.