Don’t you love when the new completed achievement pops up on your Xbox One notifications? We all love being awarded those achievements while gaming on Xbox. But what if there was a chance to celebrate in a way that was actually both meaningful and impactful? Well soon, the method you earn your achievements will be much more worthwhile. On August 10th, Microsoft released a teaser for an Xbox update that would bring a revamped, fundamental change to the Achievement system for Xbox.
Joe Skrebels recently interviewed Windows Central, Xbox platform corporate Vice President, Mike Ybarra about the teaser. Yabarra explained, “That Microsoft is working towards making the Achievement System bigger and more meaningful so that it will change the way you celebrate your gaming achievements as a gamer on Xbox."
As of now, it sounds like the traditional Achievements will also be sticking around for the enjoyment of those who will still continue to hunt them. The idea for the new achievement system is to reward those who actively play a single game as much as those who play multiple games. Yabarra also said, "We can do a lot more to reflect and let people show their gaming history and their status. Whether someone only plays multiplayer on Halo 5 at a professional level, they might only have a 2,000 Gamerscore, but you still want that person to be able to celebrate."
Yabarra did not explain how exactly the achievements will be changed, however he did say this, "We're going big in the area of letting people show off and represent their gaming history, achievements, and what the type of gamer they are. It's going to be far more than what we do with Gamerscore."
Xbox achievements were first introduced in 2005 and really haven't changed a whole lot since then. In 2014, Ray Cox IV became the first Xbox gamer to reach 1 Million Gamerscore and was rewarded with a lifetime Xbox Live Gold Membership for his accomplishment.
Along with the newest teaser came an actual update for the Xbox One's Home Screen for more customization in which you can add a Friend or Game to your Home Screen. The update also creates shortcuts to jump between Tabs, Switch between Applications, and Return to the Home Screen quickly and efficiently. Also updated is the Community Feature which adds an Activity Feed layout which lets you view more content at once. Stay tuned because Updates to Game Hubs, Avatars, Profiles, and much more are expected to be released this fall.