Xbox One Will Retain Your Achievements And Add Challenges


Major Nelson took to his personal blog to share some tidbits of how the Xbox One will handle your cheevos and add a new community challenge feature to the mix. It seems that both achievements and challenges will occupy the same space, but they’ll be handled differently. Here’s some of the details:


  • 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

Achievement hunters can now officially breathe a sigh of relief. All of your OCD induced cheevo hunting is moving to the Xbox One should you choose to buy one. The concept of community challenges seems an appealing one was well. Everyone striving for semtex kills in CoD could recreate a Goldeneye proximity mine rules only type situation, of which my buddies and I spent hours enjoying. It also sounds like digital content can be unlocked by completing specific challenges, thus rewarding a community for their hard work. Sounds pretty cool.

Are you relieved your hard work is transferring to the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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