Achievements getting overhaul for Xbox One

Microsoft has announced a number of changes to the way Achievements will work on Xbox One. Speaking via Major Nelson's blog, Cierra McDonald, the Program Manager of Xbox Live Achievements, confirmed that your Gamerscore and XBL profile will carry over from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. 

She also outlined details of a new type of Achievement called Challenges. These appear alongside traditional Achievements, and are implemented by developers for a set period of time. Complete the specific challenge (let’s say 50 Bulltrues in a weekend on Halo 5) and the completed challenge stays on your profile.

Games publishers will be able to set Challenges that span multiple games too, so EA might ask you to win a game in three different sports titles, for example. Challenges will not add to your Gamerscore, though. 

McDonald also outlined changes to the rewards you’ll get for completing Achievements. As well as Avatar items, you’ll also unlock digital art, special characters, and ability boosts.

Most interesting, though, is the fact that Achievements live in The Cloud. This means that they can be updated and added quickly. So, if people are behaving in a certain way in a game (playing Cat and Mouse in Forza 5 for example), the developer can add Achievements to reward that. Microsoft says that the community will be able to vote on specific, temporary Challenges, and turn them into full Achievements if the demand is there. 

McDonald also says that Achievements may be integrated into other aspects of Xbox One use, like streaming TV and watching Blu-rays.

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  • pokepark7 - June 14, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    ok the hunt for achievements lives on.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - June 13, 2013 5:31 p.m.

    I hate multiplayer achievements, but I assume that that's what most of them will be in the future...
  • FoxdenRacing - June 13, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    I'm getting more than a little tired of publishers and console-makers trotting out 'cloud' as if it's technology so advanced it's bordering on magical. "The cloud" is redundant online storage, staying in sync no differently than how DNS works...and takes its name from every pointy-haired-boss for the past 20 years not knowing how to represent "The internet" with a pretty icon on his whiteboard, so drew a cloud and wrote 'internet' in the middle.
  • FoxdenRacing - June 13, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    Right, diagramming isn't exclusive to this situation, which is important to point out, and thank you for doing so. Me presenting it in a snarky manner or not though, that's why 'cloud' was chosen rather than some other term. And with it, marketing types found a buzzword...something they could pitch to non-technical people as new, exciting, and revolutionary...and was abstract enough that the customer's imagination could be used to fill in gaps of understanding.
  • Redeater - June 13, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    Agreed. Every fucking time I hear any devs talk about "the cloud" my understanding of what it is goes out the window! This is coming from someone who has built 5-6 powerful custom overclocked PCs.
  • rainn'sgaydar - June 13, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Some of this sounds cool. Other parts make me think people will soon care a lot more about trophies, even though it's a worse system. The idea that you get achievements for watching sports is just dumb to me. I can see it now: "Watch the college national championship game while playing in the national championship in NCAA '14." No thanks.
  • bass88 - June 13, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Also, isn't this already happening this generation? I remember GT5 updating its challenge list in which your achivements are stored on an online profile. I know there is bit more fidility to what MicroSoft are offering (at least I hope so) but their mantra seems to be "Does what the last-gen did, but phrased differently."
  • Shinn - June 13, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    So it's a combination of Bungie's stat tracking system, and EA's "can we please collect data on how you play this rpg?" thing. That's cool I suppose, although I must admit I enjoy console games a little more with notifications disabled.

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