Avatars ‘may’ bring charges for accessories: Actual money hat confirmed?

Captain Obvious comes to visit, as Microsoft has touched upon the extra charges that its innovative new Mii system may bring. Although Microsoft has not claimed that this is a definite plan, I hardly expect the company that charges Microsoft Points for tiny square JPEGs to not introduce microtransactions in exchange for innovative Mii clothing and accessories.

“That may be in the future,” stated Xbox Live boss John Schappert when asked about Avatar microtransactions. “That may be in the future. In the near term, we want to launch these with great customization and a great library of accessories this fall.

“I think there is a lot more we can do with them.”

Schappert added that The ‘Soft intends to expand the Mii setting, promising that it won’t end up a “sterile environment where you move furniture around.” He also gave a “shout out” to Nintendo’s rip-off Miis which shamelessly copied Microsoft, sportingly stating that Nintendo’s plagiarism “did a phenomenal job integrating them into the Wii games,” before amusingly adding that MS took a lot of inspiration from them. Oh Microsoft, you silly sausages. 

In all seriousness, I’m actually looking forward to seeing what Microsoft can do with its innovative Miis. While Nintendo’s Miis aren’t very useful and highly limited in customization options, it looks as if Microsoft is prepared to expand and improve upon the idea. We’ll have to wait and see if MS can pull it off though, and how much Avatars could cost us in fake Microsoft Monopoly Money when the time inevitably comes.

Jim Sterling