Microsoft Details Xbox One Achievement Changes

Frustrated with your console game due to a never ending list of achievements to be completed? Worry not, Microsoft is here. In a conversation with OXM, Chad Gibson, Xbox Live's project manager, revealed new information about the Xbox One and its achievement system.

Currently game developers can choose to add new achievement's to their games via DLC, making it hard to finish a game already bought and paid for without spending more money. Gamers have complained about this for years, and now Microsoft has finally stepped in to lend a hand.

Chad revealed during his chat that the Xbox One achievement system would be significantly different from that of the 360's. Previously, the achievements in the game were static unless activated via DLC, what you saw as what you got, now developers are able to use the Microsoft's cloud servers to code achievements to appear after certain in game events. If they don’t want to do this, they can take the route of updating weekly, monthly or quarterly using the cloud servers. This provides extended enjoyment for gamers as games are expected to be supported throughout their life cycle, typically meaning about a year and a half.

Responding to a question about whether a company or developer could just spam achievements to make their game look more attractive to hardcore gamers by providing more points, Gibson comments that if that happens Microsoft would get involved. He goes on to say:

 ... we still have policies for developers to make sure that things don't get out of control. Like, we do not want a game offering 10,000 Gamerscore every day. We still have policies, so that user experiences are rational - users have an opportunity to complete everything without feeling constantly overwhelmed.

Again, it appears Microsoft is indeed listening and incorporating user feedback into it's products as we can see with the Xbox One, Windows 8.1 and Joe Belfiore's comments. If this is true, it is indeed a further step in the right direction for Redmond and perhaps may lead to more much needed positive PR.

Source: The Official XBOX Magazine

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Good to hear. This was my one concern. I kind of think that all games should be locked to a set number of Achievement Points...

Gamerscore/Achievements one of the most useless things that everyone seems to love...
I personally do not hunt down achievements, but if i get them... Well, cool...
If now...oh well....

Showan said,
......most useless things that everyone seems to love...

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Showan said,
Gamerscore/Achievements one of the most useless things that everyone seems to love...
I personally do not hunt down achievements, but if i get them... Well, cool...
If now...oh well....

Did you use enough ellipses...

I like getting achievements when they popup, but rarely do I seek them out to inflate my Gamerscore. In games that I really love (Arkham City for example) I'll look at them and try to complete them because it adds extended gameplay and maybe shows me something that I missed the first time I was in an area.

I get that they're trying to push social aspects of games but it annoys me to no end that some games I will never get 100% on achievements because I don't play online. Even in the ones I do play online some of the achievements are practically impossible to get due to the userbase moving on. I think they really need to think about having two sets of achievements within a game: offline and online. Make it possible to 100% a game in single player mode if you want to ignore multiplayer. Same with MP. It just seems like a cheap attempt at getting you to play the game as much as you can because they know people who care about achievements are OCD and will want to 100% a game. It just makes sense to offer this distinction.

I used to enjoy going for the achievements however have given up in recent years, i just cant be bothered with them now, given there constantly been added to existing games, or getting a lot harder to get i just dont have the time anymore.

I just play for fun these days, if i can get the easy ones on the way then fair enough!

People seem to get massive boners from their Gamerscore. All I know is, Gamerscore says nothing about skills or anything. Actually most with high levels are the biggest childish egocentric FTW-only-attitude 16 year olds.
I prefer to play for fun, sometimes just screw around with a few friends. Always there's people that want kills, score, points... anything statistical to boost their status.
I can enjoy making rocket motors in BF3 or play a fun match of Mokujin online instead of constantly beating people to death with your practiced ultimate combo, do some stunting in GTA and not get choppered down or blown up by randoms.

Often feel so alone in just having some fun with gaming and not do it for points/ranking or attempting to annoy others. And I feel that these achievements junk are only making it worse.

Gamerscore is a poor measure of skill but you take it too far by dissing anything competitive or skill based in gaming.

Want to tell us how you just want to have fun in sports and all those pro sports players and fans are "childish egocentric FTW-only-attitude 16 year olds"?

startscreennope said,
Gamerscore is a poor measure of skill but you take it too far by dissing anything competitive or skill based in gaming.

Want to tell us how you just want to have fun in sports and all those pro sports players and fans are "childish egocentric FTW-only-attitude 16 year olds"?


Not dissing anything competitive. I'm from Europe, sports games aren't played as much besides FIFA, and even with FIFA I sometimes can just have a fun match and where its not only about the # of goals.
But go check out the average xbox or PS player Unless you hardly go online you know I'm right. Most people play for their ego, not for fun. And if its only ego you play for, you surely aint a proper adult IMO.

I "finished" 1 game in all the years I've been on Xbox Live ... not that I care but I didn't think it was an "issue".

I do play to play but I do enjoy completing achievements as long as it's not some crazy thing (midnight gaming and such! "shakes fist" !)

SHoTTa35 said,
I "finished" 1 game in all the years I've been on Xbox Live ... not that I care but I didn't think it was an "issue".

I do play to play but I do enjoy completing achievements as long as it's not some crazy thing (midnight gaming and such! "shakes fist" !)

That, "crazy thing" is the what the new challenges will end up as from the sound of it.