A Roadblock to Animating the Xbox 360 Avatar Gadget

I really didn’t want to get the hopes up of any of the users of the Xbox 360 Avatar gadget, only to bring them back down again; but unfortunately I feel I may have done just that.

Sadly, animating the gadget (by leveraging the Xbox Live Avatar’s 3D API from within XNA) is not possible on Windows.  This feature is reserved for Xbox 360.  Microsoft apparently uses an in-house solution to present your avatar’s 3D model on the Xbox Live website and doesn’t provide a publicly accessible means for 3rd-party developers to present it.

I’ve been checking out a multitude of resources on the web, trying to see if I there would be any way of animating the gadget using workarounds and came up empty-handed.  The newest version of Silverlight (version 5) shows promise for the future by allowing developers to utilize the fundamental XNA 3D libraries from within a browser, but the cold, hard fact remains:  Until the libraries which provide avatar functionality are made available to 3rd-party developers on the Windows platform, the Xbox 360 Avatar gadget will have to remain motionless.

Perhaps when Windows 8 ships, other avenues will open up to allow the development of a start screen app that can display the actual 3D model of our avatars.  Keep your eyes on the future…

About Aaron

Avid computer software programmer and all around digital designer. I live for the challenge and excitement of computers and bending them to my will. Computers are a canvas for creating fantastic pieces of art that millions of people can interact with worldwide. That alone is reason enough to be a digital designer.
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8 Responses to A Roadblock to Animating the Xbox 360 Avatar Gadget

  1. circuitboardsymphony says:

    Well that’s too bad. I appreciate your efforts nonetheless!

  2. Jared Thomas says:

    Windows 10 is out now and there’s an avatar editor app that has animated avatars, just thought I’d give you a heads up that this might be a little easier
    Sorry for being 4 years late lol

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