Microsoft have improved many features for Xbox over the years but the achievements system has remained fairly static. That is about to change with Xbox Platform Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra revealing that they are working on something that “fundamentally changes the concept” of achievements.
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.
Speculation is rife as to what these changes may be, perhaps some sort of highlights video, or leaderboards showing playtime and scores for each game. Whatever they are it will soon be even easier to boast about your utterly meaningless digital trinkets.