Microsoft plans to redesign Xbox achievement system

Xbox Insider Program changes

Microsoft has been making a lot of changes to its policies regarding Xbox One and for the most part, these changes have actually paid off. "(We) are working towards a bigger, more meaningful change about somebody's gaming accomplishments in history, as a gamer on Xbox", explained Xbox vice president Mike Ybarra.

Xbox Live Creators Program allows any developer to directly publish their games - any of their games - to Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs with a standard certification process already in place for any other app or game in the Universal Windows Platform ecosystem. They've been a great feature on the Xbox 360 for years, and continue to be so on Xbox One.

As we can see in the video below, the Home screen will feature a new bar that will let you go back to your previous activities, suggesting potential friends to add to your list and show you the most relevant news. This, importantly, means that you're able to drop down to a lower ring during months when you're concerned about bandwidth usage or when you know that you won't be able to test as much.

But Microsoft will change this in the new software update. In 2014, Ray Cox IV became the first player to hit 1 million Gamerscore and was given a lifetime Xbox Live Gold Membership for his efforts. What's more, those who own multiple consoles can enroll those consoles individually into any of the Insider rings for which they're eligible using the same gamertag across each. There used to be a time when Gamerscore mattered, a time when achievements themselves mattered, but that time has passed.

The nine games include Animal Rivals: A party game for up to four players, Kubic: A puzzle game that makes you create optical illusions and Crystal Brawl: A 2v2 capture-the-flag style local multiplayer game.

Expect COGConnected to have the latest details up as soon as we have them.

What do you think of the proposed changes? If you want to get started in the Omega ring, you simply need to download the Xbox Insider Hub from the Xbox Store.

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