Xbox One will now feature an overhauled achievement system that will emphasize community collaboration. Microsoft’s Cierra McDonald outlined plans for the Xbox One’s new achievements system, detailing new in-game “challenges” that promote community collaboration.
These challenges are time sensitive and will be displayed alongside achievements in a player’s profile. These challenges do not contribute to the GamerScore, but they do track progress across multiple games and among all XboxLive members. This allows developers to implement community based goals. The service is similar to the Avatar FameStar offered on Xbox 360.
“Imagine, for example, a game releases a headshot weekend challenge that requires players to cumulatively headshot 1 million baddies in a 3 day period,” McDonald said. “And every person who participates and meets the challenge’s goals gets the unlock on his or her achievement history and reaps its reward.”
These challenges do not affect Achievements, which are tied to individual player progress. Achievements on XboxOne will also offer “more tangible benefits” according to McDonald. They will unlock things like digital artwork, new maps, unlockable characters and temporary stat boosts. App achievements do not contribute to the overall gamerscore. McDonald also revealed that Xbox One video and music apps can also use achievements to reward players with “sneak peek content, early access, or subscription extensions.”