That much anticipated Xbox Dashboard update via Xbox LIVE finally came today, and we’re mostly surprised and pleased. We’re suddenly thrown into a range of choices to customise our Avatar and what we saw at the Preview Program was merely a tip of the iceberg.
There are now 8 types of game-themed apparels (Bioshock 2, Fable II, Gears of War 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, Monkey Island, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Star Wars Clone Wars) and 4 Lifestyle Collections (Adidas, Quicksilver, Styles and Tokidoki) to mix and match around.
There are a couple of new additions in each category – caps, shades, t-shirts, pants, armour/suits, accessories and props! The cost of the items range from 80MS points to as high as 400MS points. While most are reasonable, some are just outrageously-priced. But since this is the first day of the Avatar Marketplace, let’s give them a chance to garner community feedback. Maybe, like all other DLCs, the prices will be adjusted in due course. More pictures in the album.
Anyway, I got my Avatar to don the Sam Fisher’s Conviction outfit together with pom poms and I believe he’s happier than ever!
At first I believe that this prop animations do not appear on the Dashboard Friends List, but according to tests earlier, it seem that they do. Evidence in screenshots below. However, the animation only run for active online gamertags. You can’t see the animations of those who are offline. Makes sense.
Unfortunately, this full update also confirmed my findings during the Preview Program, and I am disappointed to learn that ‘the situation’ remained the same.
As you would agree, most of us have multiple gamer profiles or gamertag in one console. These multiple profiles are for various reasons, eg. for use in a multiplayer match where you have friend joining for a local match, or that they each belong to a fellow family member.
Let’s say you downloaded something from the marketplace through one gamertag, the other gamertags (provided they are registered under the same region) would be able to see and use as well. This works for Xbox Live Arcade games, themes, add-ons and demos. Makes sense indeed since all these profiles are within the same console.
However, this does not seem to be the case for items purchased from Avatar Marketplace. The stuff you bought under one gamertag will not be seen in the other gamertags within the same console. If we have to inject Microsoft Points to each gamertag that belongs to another family member so they can shop for their own Avatars, it looks to be an expensive shopping experience on the Avatar Marketplace.
Just for proof: The screenshot below is my alternative gamertag, ‘MVP Singapore’ residing within the same console. It does not register all the props and items I purchased from my main gamertag ‘eMeNZee’.
I hope Microsoft see this as a valid point and fix it.