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Microsoft Reveals New Xbox One DVR, Avatar Details

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As the year moves closer to the launch date for the Xbox One, Microsoft is slowly opening up with more details on what to expect from the next generation console.

In a Q&A with Marc Whitten, chief Xbox One platform architect, on IGN, he discusses a bit more about how avatars and achievements will work. “[Your] avatar will be on the system at launch and in fact, you’ll have some new options, including the ability to do full-body HD gamerpics,” Whitten said. “We’ve moved from the 64×64 gamerpics on Xbox 360 to a full 1080p. They are beautiful, and you are going to see some really cool hero moments, like when you login to see personalized views of your games and other content.”

As to achievements, Whitten clarified there would be separate cheevos for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the same game. “But on the Xbox One version, you’re getting a much richer set of features,” Whitten added. “Such as seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console, being able to unlock new achievements throughout the year, and earning real prizes inside and outside of the game.”

One of the biggest features for the Xbox One is its new DVR functionality. Players can record and upload footage directly from the console, and Whitten revealed captured video would be recorded at 720p at 30fps. You won’t have to worry about hours of footage eating up your hard drive either, as all video is stored on the cloud. “You’ll be able to see these clips in the Xbox One Guide, in your own game DVR collection, and when you are looking at gamercards on the system,” Whitten said.

After a bit of a rocky start, the Xbox One seems to finally have found its footing. Hopefully the console is able to deliver on all its promise.

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