Some "Fundamental Changes" to Achievements Might be Coming

Microsoft is Working on “Fundamental Changes” to the Xbox Achievement System

Compared to the pre-existing [email protected] program, developers joining the new initiative will be able to integrate Xbox Live into their game (with some exceptions such as Achievements or Internet multiplayer) and publish to Xbox One and Windows 10 without the need for concept approval. Steam's profile pages come to mind, where you can display various totals of games, certain achievements, and more.

Xbox is now looking into better ways of showcasing players' achievements, Xbox Platform corporate vice president Mike Ybarra recently said in an interview with Windows Central.


Xbox One Achievements are about to undergo a big change. Hopefully it is one of those situations where they give us something we didnt know we wanted until it was actually here. That way, someone who intentionally plays a lot of games with easy achievements just to boost their gamer score won't have a tremendous advantage over someone who has dedicated themselves to the mastery of a few games. What that thing is right now is rather unclear, but Ybarra states that it has a lot to do with the way people's achievements are shared with others, and what defines them as gamers. We'll let you know when more is known, including a changeover date if applicable. That said, he didn't provide details as to how this system would be revamped, or if it would affect older games in the Xbox lexicon, such as the countless Xbox 360 titles that have been made available for Xbox One backward compatibility.

"W$3 e'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", Ybarra said. At this point, we're at a "wait and see" stance, though we could see something as soon as next year, depending on when Microsoft gets everything done.

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