Microsoft Working on Something That 'Fundamentally Changes the Concept' of Xbox Achievements

Microsoft Working on Something That 'Fundamentally Changes the Concept' of Xbox Achievements - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 August 2017 / 6,581 Views

Microsoft is working on something that "fundamentally changes the concept" of Xbox Achievements, according to Xbox Platform corporate vice president Mike Ybarra in an interview with Windows Central.

"Those are all small things that we can do to the system, and the team looks at them," said Ybarra. "They're in our backlog of things that we want to get done, but there's actually bigger, more bolder changes that we have in mind. 

"Nothing that I can talk about now, but something that fundamentally changes the concept ... we are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody's gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox.

"[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. 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."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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pokoko (on 11 August 2017)

"After this update, when you get an Achievement, you'll get ANOTHER Achievement for getting an Achievement. Then, when you get enough of these secondary Achievements--we call them "Post-Primary Achievements"--you'll get a third layer of Achievements for that. In other words, we offer 3X more points than anyone else and we're not even charging you extra for that. It's a win-win situation."

Bandorr (on 11 August 2017)

Know what would be great with those trophies? GAMES!

arcaneguyver (on 11 August 2017)

This announcement actually makes some sense in that regard. Notice this is about special cheevos for players who only like one or two multiplayer games obsessively. So...who needs a ton of games, eh?

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Xen (on 13 August 2017)

He is onto something here. My only value for trophies is the "history" part that they provide, and Sony is not much for providing functions that facilitate it, you gotta go third party.

Chazore (on 12 August 2017)

It would be nice if they took a page from Ubisoft's Uplay system, where every few achievement milestones nets you a choice of in/out game rewards such as wallpapers, avatars, in-game skins/weapons. It would really make things fun to not only achieve something, but unlock something inside or out of the game to brag or show off to your friends.

Goddbless (on 14 August 2017)

They did that a lot with 360 achievements.

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teamsilent13 (on 14 August 2017)

All of Halo 3's cosmetics were earned with achievements. COD zombies was first unlocked for completing campaign. Many other games did similar things but those are two off the top of my head.

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Podings (on 12 August 2017)

I expect it to be fundamentally the same idea when you get down to it. Help people convince themselves that the time they invested in playing games wasn't wasted.

archer9234 (on 12 August 2017)

Will these Trophies animate and say how amazing the user is?

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hush404 (on 12 August 2017)

Lmao, probs.

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