Xbox Achievements Revamp "Fundamentally Changes The Concept"

Xbox Achievements Revamp "Fundamentally Changes The Concept"

Microsoft Wants to highlight the different ways people play.

Microsoft is about to spring the new dashboard on the Xbox One, showcasing the new Fluent Design philosophy. As part of that update, it seems the company will be rethinking Gamerscore and Xbox Live Achievements. In an interview with Windows Central, Xbox corporate vice president Mike Ybarra outlined the reasons why.

"We are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody's gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox," said Ybarra. "[W]e can do a lot more to reflect and let people show their gaming history and their status."

"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," he added. "This person doesn't play a lot of games, but they're world top ten at Halo 5. All the way to people [with over a million gamerscore]. It's that range that we really need to look at and celebrate ... we're going to go big in the area of letting people show off and represent their gaming history and the type of gamer that they are, far more than we do with Gamerscore."

Essentially, Gamerscore is fine for the completionists, but doesn't address those who deep dive and master only a few titles. It'll be interesting to see how Microsoft handles the issue, thought no details were given in the interview.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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