Xbox Live is making a major change to their Avatar system in their next update: Avatars will no longer be forced to conform to the gender binary.
Previously, Xbox Live users were required to pick a gender for their avatars. Male avatars came with “boy” clothes, and female avatars came with “girl” clothes.
Clothing will now be gender neutral, the company revealed, so players of any gender identity can pick clothing and styles that suit them.
According to designer Kathryn Storm, any avatar will be able to sport any available clothing or hairstyle, regardless of selected gender.
Xbox’s update comes a year after The Sims ditched gender-specific clothing and styles as well, indicating a growing trend of virtual inclusivity for players.
Thanks, Xbox, for taking steps to better represent your players.