Here’s How Xbox One Achievements Work

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Microsoft has changed the Xbox One Achievements system with Xbox One. There are two types of Xbox One Achievements: achievements and challenges. Most people already know what the achievements are so here’s an explanation on challenges.

They are said to be time-bound and you can only unlock them during a specific period and if you miss the period then you won’t.

Both are said to be same but one is time-based, and there are a few differences between them. You can check out the official description below.

Achievements and Challenges:

  • You can unlock them and win their rewards;
  • Once unlocked, they are saved to your achievement history;
  • They each have an icon to visualize the cool thing you did;
  • They often are associated with a Game DVR capture to show your friends that you are better than they are
  • Developers can release more of them after the game’s initial release (more on that in a bit).
Differences between them:
  • Challenges are time based – As just noted, challenges are only available for a certain period of time. Only your activity during that timeframe will count toward unlocking the challenge. Achievements do not expire, so you can unlock them at your leisure.
  • Challenges do not give out Gamerscore – We want everyone to have the same shot at increasing their Gamerscore to its highest potential. Since challenges are intentionally temporary (an opportunity) and achievements never expire (a promise), only achievements may offer Gamerscore as a reward.
  • Challenges may cross titles, but achievements cannot – Achievements cannot be shared across titles whereas challenges are allowed to span multiple titles.
  • Challenges can be unlocked by the community – Community challenges are typically goals that exceed what a lone player can accomplish in the given period of time. Imagine, for example, a game releases a headshot weekend challenge that requires players to cumulatively headshot 1 million baddies in a 3 day period. And every person who participates and meets the challenge’s goals gets the unlock on his or her achievement history and reaps its reward.

There are also other cloud powered benefits that Microsoft has given to the Xbox One achievements:

1) It means you can get new achievements without always being required to buy new content or download title updates.

2) It allows developers to learn from and respond to user activity and focus on adding stuff that you’ll find fun. For example, let’s say a certain game is known on community forums to have a fun little sub-game of kicking chickens. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the game developers noticed the community enjoying an unintended aspect of the game and creating a challenge around it, with a reward to boot?

3) It empowers developers to involve the community (that means YOU) in the achievement creation process. If they so choose, a developer could run a contest for users to submit and vote on challenge ideas, for example, with the winning idea being released to the public as a legitimate Xbox Live Achievement.

Overall, they can be said as an improvement but not a massive one. Xbox 360 owners should already be familiar with most of them.

Via Major Nelson.