E3 2013: Get The Lowdown On Xbox One Achievements
We know you all love Achievements and that oh so precious Gamerscore so what will define your obsession on Xbox One? Well, now there’s something called Challenges to compliment your Achievements. Technically you completed a challenge to unlock an achievement but we’ll let that one slide.
At Major Nelson’s blog there is an entry by Cierra McDonald, the program manager for the Xbox Live achievements service. She goes into detail about how the system will function on Xbox One and what changes will be brought in.
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- Your Gamerscore from your Xbox 360 carries over to the Xbox One
- Achievements can unlock items like “digital artwork, new maps, unlockable characters, and temporary stat boosts”
- Achievements are not limited to games. Music or video apps, for instance, can give them and offer such rewards as early access to content or subscription extensions. However, only games can add to your Gamerscore
- Will be surfaced more on the Xbox One dashboard and the achievement gallery will look better
- Developers can show you how far you’ve progressed in a game’s achievement even before you start up the game
- The dashboard will show you which achievements your friends have recently unlocked
- You can see video clips of the moment the achievement was earned
- Challenges offer a reward for an opportunity completed by a set amount of (real-life) time, and like achievements give you an icon
- Do not add to your Gamerscore
- Can span multiple titles, unlike Achievements
- Challenges can engage a community. Ex. A headshot weekend where everyone has to get so many headshots over a three-day period. Everyone will get the reward if completed.
- Like achievements they can be added after a title is released
- You will be able to see future challenges for a game
I don’t care for Achievements and that’s probably because PSN doesn’t make as much of a deal about them but those details are enticing. Gamerscore carries over, you can view the moment you unlocked an Achievement, Unlocking one can give access to bonus items or artwork. That’s pretty cool.
Challenges are a little more peculiar but more interesting and embracing of the next-gen social obsession.