Xbox's 'realistic avatars' sneaked into public domain. Did you notice?

Turns out they don't look so different after all

After all the speculation as to what the new 'realistically-proportioned' Xbox avatars would look like, it turns out they've been in plain view all along. Rare has quietlyslipped a note into their blogthat the Kinect Sports screenshots contain the new avatars. So, take a look - are they that much different?

Above: Now we look closer, these are clearly more realistically proportioned... heads aside, of course

The way that rare has got round the 'uncanny valley' problem of having realistic human proportions on a very cartoonified version of a human's features is simple. They've kept the head big. The only problem people had with the avatars when using Kinect was hand-eye co-ordination troubles due to the avatars' stumpy appendages being nothing like real limbs. A realistic body with a massive head is apparently all fine. Unless all their beta testers had inflated egos which meant that was realistic too. Har har.

Above: We just assumed Kinect Sports had more realistic bodies like some Wii games give Miis properlegs

Thank goodness they didn't end up looking like ourartist's impression. That thing was hella scary.

25 Aug, 2010



The longest-serving GR+ staffer, I was here when all this was just fields. I'm currently Reviews Editor but still find time to speedrun Sonic levels and make daft Photoshop articles.
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