Man shares photo of Xbox Gamerpic “Ever-Shrinking” Due to Technical Advances, Xbox Engineering Lead replies


Xbox brings several improvements in hardware, graphics, and user interface (UI) with each new generation of consoles. However, according to a hilarious tweet from one user, it also comes with some downsides that might not be a deal breaker for most, but could be a little disappointing for some long-time users. Gabriel Roland (@noukon), video producer by profession, tweeted that his PacMan Ghost avatar is getting “smaller and smaller” with each new generation. Upon hearing the tweet, Eden Marie, head of Xbox development, said she would make it her “personal mission” to fix this problem.

Roland tweeted that he bought the Gamerpic (profile icons for Xbox users) back in 2006 with 80 Xbox Points. Since then, as display technology such as 4K screens advances, the avatar has gradually gotten smaller. However, Roland joked that he was “not going to give in”. He said he would hold onto his favorite gamer pic “until the seas boil over”.

Since Roland tweeted about this, several people have shared related posts, with many users saying they experienced this issue too.

A user (@migrantp) posted a picture of his avatar that has also shrunk in size. The user just said “solidarity”.

Here are a few more users who shared their own resized gamerpics:

Another user (@ No07525869) who supported Roland asked why Microsoft can’t just “scale it up” to solve the problem.

Why, uh … why shouldn’t they scale it? However, I support your stance.

– Geena from Upstate (@ No07525869) August 20, 2021

As Roland’s tweet gained momentum, Eden Marie (@neonepiphany), head of Xbox development, replied saying she couldn’t make promises, but it was her “personal mission” to solve the problem.

As a likely first step in understanding the problem, Marie said she bought the Gamerpic package and it was $ 2.38 (about 180 rupees).

Step one: I ACTUALLY PURCHASED THE GAMERPIC PACK. It was $ 2.38 and not a dollar so I’ve already done it all, give me my bonus already

– Eden Marie (@neonepiphany) August 25, 2021

Marie also seemed to enjoy the challenge and said, “Wow, this is … a journey” and that this was going to be a multi-stage journey.

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