Microsoft has just announced that its October Xbox update for its renowned video games console is now available and brings revamped avatars and Dolby Vision support.
October Xbox update brings revamped avatars and other features
The primary novelty of the new update is the introduction of the new, revamped Xbox avatars, initially announced by Microsoft in 2016. The enhanced avatars offer greater customization options, especially regarding diversity and accessibility. The revamped Xbox avatars, including different body types, wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs, can be accessed via the “Closet” section under the Avatar Editor menu.
Also, the Avatar Store would now permit users to acquire some new outfits and other equipment for their Avatars, such as items inspired by the Halo and Gears of War franchises. According to the official Microsoft Xbox site, new content would be added to this section on a monthly basis.
As Microsoft reported, users can still use the original avatars if they want that, as the older avatars would remain available in the Xbox Original Avatars. Also, the new Photo Booth mode will allow users to place their avatars in various poses and backgrounds to come up with pics that can be useful as profile pictures.
October Xbox update also comes with Dolby Vision support
The new Xbox update also adds Dolby Vision to the Xbox One, Dolby’s high-dynamic range (HDR) format. Until now, the Xbox One used HDR 10 support, which is actually the current standard, but the new Dolby Vision is meant to bring more vivid color schemes. For example, the same technology is now used by Netflix apps on several compatible TVs, as well as by Apple TV 4K and the Google Chromecast Ultra.
Accordingly, Xbox One, thanks to the recent October Xbox update, becomes the third streaming device to support Dolby Vision, besides Apple TV 4K and Google Chromecast Ultra.