Microsoft is planning to ‘fundamentally change’ the Xbox Achievement system

Matt Sayer 11 August 2017

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Your Gamerscore might not be the only measure of your Achievements in the future.

While the Gamerscore system introduced alongside the Xbox 360 has proven tremendously popular over the years, its simplicity often works to its detriment. When you can earn 1000 Gamerscore for waltzing through the 2-hour story mode of Avatar: The Burning Earth, it neuters the satisfaction of pouring hundreds of hours into mastering Guitar Hero III for its brutally-tough 1000Gs.

Microsoft apparently agrees, as it’s currently working on a major overhaul of the way Achievements and Gamerscore work within the Xbox ecosystem. In an interview with Windows Central, Vice President of Xbox Mike Ybarra revealed that the Xbox team is retooling the Achievement system to better highlight players’ specific accomplishments.

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“We are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody’s gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox,” said Ybarra. “Whether it’s somebody who only plays multiplayer in Halo 5 at a professional level, maybe they only have 2,000 Gamerscore, you want to be able to celebrate that person. You want people to be in the know. This person doesn’t play a lot of games, but they’re world top ten at Halo 5.”

Ybarra noted that this new system will not replace Gamerscore, but rather work alongside it to provide gamers with more ways of showcasing the things they’ve done and the kind of gamer they are.

There’s no word on when the changes are due to roll out, but it’s good to see Microsoft constantly striving to improve the Xbox ecosystem. Along with the recently announced Xbox One dashboard redesign and today’s launch of the Xbox Live Creators Program, the Xbox One is making plenty of strides to catch up to the PS4.


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