Xbox One Gamerpics revealed - 300 at launch, plus new details on SmartGlass and game updates

"You'll also be able to create full-body poses of your Avatar to use as a gamerpic."

Like Dexter applying a syringe to your innocently turned neck, Microsoft's Xbox Live boss Marc Whitten has injected a little more Xbox One information into yonder internet. I'm honestly not sure how much of it is new, exactly - so much has been dribbled out via so many different orifices that it's hard to keep track. By all means point out the old bits, if you want to see me cower in embarrassment.

First up, gamerpics! There will be 300 at launch, and you'll be able to create your own. "We are focused on building out a beautiful collection of 1080p gamerpics for our users on Xbox One," said Whitten. "You'll also be able to create full-body poses of your Avatar to use as a gamerpic. You'll see us do much more here in the future. At launch, we expect to have 300 gamerpics to choose from."

IGN has nabbed shots of a few of Whitten's own gamerpics for your consumption - I've borrowed one. Hit the jump to view them in full.


There's also a dusting of additional detail on SmartGlass (it's three and a half times faster on Xbox One, remember), which allows you to "easily access the Xbox OneGuide to see what's on TV and change channels, keep up with what your friends are doing on Xbox, view GameDVR clips, view achievements and challenges, and snap apps on your Xbox One directly from your phone or tablet." My broken phone screen might have something to say about all that, but good effort all the same.


Perhaps the most thrilling news of all, though, is that not all game updates will be mandatory before you can play online. "Content providers will have the ability to push two types of content updates with Xbox One: ones that are immediately mandatory like in Xbox 360 and ones that are optional. If you opt to not take an optional update, you can continue to play online and do the update at a later time."

Room for more? Here's our exclusive, thorough chat with Microsoft's Boyd Multerer and Chad Gibson about why Xbox One's multiple OS and RAM setup is great for both players and developers. If that's too serious for your liking, it might interest you to know that Microsoft now owns "".