Sony completely nailed the PlayStation 5 event during an ongoing pandemic with two million concurrent viewers with most of the critics praising the overall event. And in retaliation, Microsoft reportedly restores their custom Xbox Live gamerpics upload. We are kidding. Picking up on the overall demand Microsoft has bought back the software’s ability to upload gamerpics, club pics, and club backgrounds. Microsoft also reports a surge in other services including Windows Virtual Desktop, Teams, Mixer, and Xbox Game pass as the ongoing pandemic has put most of the globe in lockdown.
“As people look to gaming for social connection, we’re seeing record numbers across Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Mixer,” Xbox Support said at the time the feature was disabled. “To streamline moderation and ensure the best experience for our community, we’re making small adjustments. We’ve temporarily turned off the ability to upload custom gamerpics, club pics, and club backgrounds.”
Nearly 10 years after Microsoft introducer avatars to Xbox Live on the 360, the company pushed a big update to their virtual ecosystem to make it more diverse. There’s now a wide range of body types and gender-neutral clothing updates will be available.
Microsoft also reports that the company has worked on improving higher-bandwidth activities, like better game updates during off-peak gaming hours. Reinstating custom gamerpics will strain the demand for Xbox Live with many areas loosening lockdowns and social distancing measures in place. While Microsoft has not yet commented on the following changes, nor have the company shown any restraint on the massive dent that Sony made after the PlayStation event.
Microsoft reported in April that Xbox content and services increased by 2% year-over-year during their third quarter. During a call with investors to discuss the third quarter results, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella said that Xbox Game pass hit 10 million subscribers and Xbox Live has nearly 90 million users consecutively.