Next-Gen Xbox Promises Broader Achievements And More
But mostly, we’re focusing on that bit about achievements.
According to rumours, the next-generation Xbox will introduce new social networking elements, video capture functions and, importantly, ‘cross-game’ Achievements. Achievement whore says what?!
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The reports that have released thus far, paint a picture of Microsoft aiming to closely position Xbox LIVE in its current form with social networks the likes of Twitter and Facebook, adding the ability to ‘follow’ other users, for all the stalker-types that will bring to LIVE, as well as, finally, removing the cap on friends, for those popular gamers among us. Marko. Cough cough.
Also a reported feature of the next-gen Xbox is that of video capture, allowing users to record gameplay and share it online, similar to the PS4’s share button, further allowing users to review captured gameplay and select highlights. The function can be turned off or, alternatively, set to automatically record during certain in-game events such as FPS headshots or specific Achievements, although no word has been given on how exactly what will work. It seems like quite a tall order, to me.
On that note, the biggest news for me with regards to this report, involves that of the extended control and creative freedom that will be afforded to creators for how Achievements work on the new console. This effectively means two things already: We might get to keep our Gamertags and current GamerScore, and Achievements will still be around in some form.
In any case, developers will be able to add new Achievements to games post-launch without requiring DLC updates, and can tie Achievements to a broader set of events such as weekend challenges and cross-title accomplishments, for example finishing the first chapter of two different games by the same company. I shudder when I think of the implications. ‘Seriously 4.0’ could require achieving all other ‘Seriously’ Achievements…
Now this is all rumour, of course, so it should all be taken with vigorous amounts of salt. But the way I see it, it’s just nice to finally have something from the Xbox stable, over the months of silence that have preceded the recent reports. We’ll find out how much of these hold true come May 21st, so, until then!