We have a good news for Physically disabled gamers who love playing on Xbox one. Microsoft Corporation has finally announced that it is adding wheelchair options for its Xbox avatars. The company’s Xbox head, Phil Spencer was questioned on Twitter regarding disabled avatars using wheelchairs, so in response to the same, he said the company was thinking about something like this.
Soon after that Mike Ybarra, head of the Windows and Xbox Program confirmed that the wheelchair option by posting pictures of two avatars – a man and woman straddled in Xbox One-themed wheelchairs. The availability of the option is not yet announced but in the month of June, it was announced that Xbox would receive a major update in August. So, it is expected around the launch of the new Xbox One S.
Although there were many positive responses to Ybarra’s post, complementing Microsoft on its move towards diversity, many pointed out that the wheelchairs were old-fashioned and ugly. One of the Xbox lovers tweeted, “That’s like an old person hospital chair,” while another person asked the company “Please don’t make us use ugly chairs.”
Few Xbox fans have sent pictures of themselves sitting in their advanced wheelchairs just to make the Firm understand the modern look which they are expecting. Microsoft is being accused of not responding to the comments that followed the post. Well, Microsoft has recently stated in a blog post, “enabling all types of gamers to play as they want, in the way they want. We need to challenge all of our perceptions.”
Looking back Microsoft first introduced Xbox avatars on Xbox 360 in the year 2008. It supported customization of avatars with a variety of hairstyles, clothes and accessories which also includes branded content from avatar and other stores.