Microsoft launches Xbox One gamerpic contest

One of the minor things Microsoft is offering for people who get the Xbox One is a big upgrade for gamerpics, the artwork that is part of a user's Xbox Live profile. The artwork itself will have 1080p resolution support, versus the tiny 64x64 gamerpics available for Xbox 360 owners.

To build on this new feature, Microsoft has announced a new contest for U.S. residents that will give them a chance to have their artwork made available for Xbox One gamerpics. The Made for You contest page states that the people who are eligible to enter can submit their artwork by December 1st. Microsoft will pick what they think are the 300 best entries and on December 9th they will allow the general public to vote on their favorites. The top 100 art pieces will be posted in the Xbox One's gamerpic library for use by any owner of the console for their own gamerpic. The winners will also get an Xbox One controller.

The artwork must be original and made by the person who submits the entry. The art must be made in the 1080x1080, 96 dpi .png file format. The gamerpic can be an illustration, a graphic design or a photograph but must not include text.

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With that said though, maybe in the future they'll allow it but there'll have to be a way to make sure people don't get out of line.

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They can really shove their equality morals up their ass for all I care

it's not as simple as you guys think. There are laws and regulations companies have to follow when performing contests and such. Because they are based in America, it is very simple for them to have American contests. Usually ones that are highly prestigious will be available in more countries.

For digital 96dpi is high, especially with 1080p support.

Most digital images are at 72dpi. So for a digital piece to be 96dpi, that's pretty darn good.

j2006 said,
For digital 96dpi is high, especially with 1080p support.

Most digital images are at 72dpi. So for a digital piece to be 96dpi, that's pretty darn good.


nah, with any decent PNG header editor,
you can magically change the 72dpi in header information into 96dpi,
and the picture will still have the same pixel resolution,
there will be no changes when displayed on screen/monitor/tv.

The dpi information only matter when those picture are to be printed or scaled according to that information.

It's a contest... they will obviously already have their own artist work too (just like they have for all their other products).