Xbox One Achievements

Today we talked about some of the changes to the new achievements system coming with Xbox One.  We just got done hearing from Chad Gibson, Principle Group Program manager for Xbox Live Gaming features and Mike Lavin,  Sr. Global Product Marketing manager for Xbox Live on our live broadcast.   This morning, we asked Cierra McDonald to explain some of the achievement changes in greater detail for us.  Here is what she wrote for you guys

Ahoy! My name is Cierra McDonald. I’m from Chicago, I’m an Illini (I-L-L!!!), and most pertinently, I’m the Program Manager for the Xbox Live Achievements service. My love of gaming started as a wee child, playing Super Mario Bros. at home and joining friends on Altered Beast and Contra at the local arcade. My family’s team sport is Boggle. And apropos of nothing, I once shattered my elbow – or as my surgeon once put it, it’s like Humpty Dumpty fell onto a diamond surface. Fun facts!

Achievements are like a delicious gravy (or a fudge sauce, for the more dessert-minded) on top of a developer’s tasty meal of a game. Playing the game is fun by itself; and achievements add an extra layer of discovery, exploration, and accomplishment that reinforces the natural enjoyment of the gameplay. For Xbox One, my team (an incredible group of smart, hardworking folks) and I have rebuilt the Achievements system to be more powerful and more flexible so that developers and publishers can deliver more interesting, complex, and fulfilling goals and rewards to you. What exactly does that mean?

Let’s start with what you get.

Xbox blazed the trail back in 2005 by introducing Xbox Live Achievements as a metagame whose cumulative score – Gamerscore – spans across games on every Xbox Live platform. Many of today’s gaming systems followed our model and now offer achievements or badges as well. With Xbox One, we are once again breaking the mold and this time, we want consumers to reap more tangible benefits. In addition to Gamerscore, which will remain as a critical part of the Xbox gaming experience (and yes, your Gamerscore from Xbox 360 will carry forward to Xbox One – there’s only ONE Gamerscore (see what I did there?)), consumers can now unlock digital artwork, new maps, unlockable characters, and temporary stat boosts via achievements. And this is not limited to games! Other Xbox One applications such as video and music apps can now use Achievements to bring you awesome sneak peek content, early access, or subscription extensions. Only games will give you Gamerscore.

Cool, you can earn cool stuff with Xbox LIVE Achievements. Let’s talk about how they work.

There are now two types of Achievements: achievements and challenges. An achievement is probably already familiar. There’s a goal or activity you must accomplish and a reward that you receive upon completion. You can unlock an achievement at any time, be it on a game’s launch day or 3 years later. I guess you can say an achievement is like a promise in that sense. A challenge, on the other hand, is more like an opportunity – better grab it while you can! It is also comprised of a goal and a reward; however, challenges are time-bound (as in, real life time). That means you can only unlock during its eligible time window, and if you get close but don’t complete the goal when it ends… *Kanye shrug*

Achievements and challenges are both officially considered Xbox Live Achievements, so they inherit many of the same benefits:

  • 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).

There are also some notable 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.

Another really cool thing with the new Achievements system is that it’s cloud-powered. A magical term, I know, but it delivers real value to users. Check it out:

Having cloud-powered achievements makes it easy and consistent to run challenges across all players of a game simultaneously.

It makes it possible for developers to add new achievements and challenges after their game is initially released. Why is that good for you?

1) It means you can get new achievements without always being required to buy new content (read: free!) 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. Not too shabby!

Let’s bring it all home and talk about what you actually see.

  • The Xbox One dashboard experience greatly improves how you discover and view Xbox Live Achievements.
  • Ever wondered how far along you were toward completing an achievement, particularly those that involve a lot of collection or linear progress? With Xbox One, games may now expose your latest progression toward unlocking an achievement right on the dashboard, even before you launch the game.
  • Quickly catch up on what your friends have been up with the achievement activity feed that keeps you informed about your friends’ latest unlocked achievements.
  • Check out video clips of that magical moment when an achievement was unlocked.
  • Easily discover upcoming challenges for a game at any time.
  • Your achievement history has been transformed into a more beautiful gallery of achievement icons that properly show off your hard-earned victories.

You guys all rock, thanks from all of us here on our dev team.  Can’t wait to see you on Live!

   

Comments

  • Fernando Coli Viotto

    Still didn’t see anything useful on the “infinite power of the cloud” yet

    Things I want to know:

    – What will be available OUT OF US in terms of Live service? This seems to be a US focused console;
    – What are the exactly bandwidth requirements for this console to work with? Example, In Brazil we have 70% of the country with the limit of 0.80 kbps on upload by ISP standards;

    What I could see from X1 so far seems that if you’re in US it may be nice but if you’re out of US so its all the way to PS4.

    There are way more important questions to be answered now than talking about achievements.

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    • heyitsme

      I agree that this seems to be very U.S. centric, the speed reqs are on another one of these pages from the blog, and not even all of the U.S. have the internet required so don’t feel too alone. Does anyone there have XBLA now, I would ask them how theirs runs currently.

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  • shanafan

    These threads are headache inducing.

    I’m excited for more great additions to Achievements and Challenges! It makes gaming fun, and this sounds great:)

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  • Austin

    a good idea to increase the value of the Xbox One would be to include 2 games for free at launch. these could be digital downloads to cut the whole packaging costs. but this would give the consumer another sense of value for that extra $100, and it would also make the gamers happier.

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  • Late555

    Watch the full advert break without your eyes moving from the screen and we’ll reward you with the second half of your film…

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  • http://twitter.com/iamnovatribe NOVA

    …food for thought if you hate what Xbox One is doing…..words from Cliffy B

    “You cannot have game and marketing budgets this high while also having used and
    rental games existing. The numbers do NOT work people….Newsflash. This is why you’re seeing free to play and microtransactions
    everywhere. The disc based day one $60 model is crumbling” – Cliffy B

    …..makes you think about Xbox One in an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LIGHT………you see….it’s not to jerk the consumer over…..its to fix and internal issue that (if it goes unchecked) could lead to a reduction in overall quality and or larger problems…..

    THINK FIRST. HATE SECOND! HA! Pitchforks down please.

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    • John

      Worse. If everything continues the way it is now, it will lead to the destruction of the entire AAA industry.

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      better than total destruction due to people not buying your system after the first week. that is what is going to happen. parents aren’t going to understand these policies and prob won’t get told how the xbone works and take it back thinking it is broke. they will then be pointed to the ps4 because someone will say “hey you don’t need internet for this to work at any time” and they will be like “great, just give it to me, my childs Christmas is getting ruined” I can see it now. I am just saying this to make a point. a point that has been said thousands of time already. fact is, I will end up getting a xbone because i love forza 5 but it will be for exclusives like that. I will get a ps4 for my other games. however, it gamefly is able to rent out xbone games then there will be no worrie from me. i just think the 24 hr check in is really weird. even steam doesn’t make you check in every 24 hrs. i don’t mind kinect either because i really liked it in forza horizon but it shouldn’t be forced. i want to buy it later and not put down $500 for it.

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    • opaquely transparent

      Cliffy is in bed with Microsoft, he’s just another arm of the beast. How is FREE to Play (F2P) better than getting $60 per user? Use critical thinking instead of just blindly listening to people you like.

      If you go to business school you’ll learn there’s no one business model to rule them all… the world isn’t black and white. I don’t see Epic Games having financial troubles.

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      • http://twitter.com/iamnovatribe NOVA

        ….they are just trying new avenues…….that are gamer friendly…such as a FREE to play model…….not that its the right answer, but because its an attempt to get to one without…….well…………..what’s happening to Microsoft right now. HA!

        Games cost money to make, developers and publishers deserve to be compensated for the product. If the product is good enough. If something is affecting them being compensated properly or not in their interest and closes their doors, effectively damaging my ability to consume as a gamer……a game from a studio i like (ala Black Rock, Midway, etc)….then i DO understand a need to aggresively alter these channels of revenue….

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  • Pete Osborne

    Right, this has turned into a bit of mess, not necessarily down to MS as a whole. People have shared such bad information that not everyone knows what the facts are anymore. Would anyone on here be so kind as to correct me if I’m wrong?

    1. You can have up to 10 friends that have been on your list for 30 days that can play any of your games (downloaded or disc-based) with no restrictions, ie. they can earn achievements, play multiplayer, keep saves. This personally sounds amazing though tbh no better than piracy – it would be so tempting to pool your money and just buy one copy of a game between ten of you so there must be something I don’t know.

    2. Downloadable copies of games will be cheaper than their retail counterparts. This is more an assumption on my part as I would never spend the same amount on something I couldn’t sell afterwards.

    3. Renting will become an option. I know they have said they are considering it but that’s not a yes. It’s a dealbreaker for me, I know not everyone will agree but that’s my view.

    4. There’s no limit at all on people playing games on my console. I’m not even sure MS have said anything like this, it’s just one of those things whispered about in forums that I wanted cleared up. Anyne can play a game that I have bought on my console using their own profile, just like it is now with the 360.

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    • Shane Nokes

      Pete you’re not helping, because everything you’re saying is wrong in at least one way.

      I’ve been trying to clear up misconceptions, and now you’re just making things confused for people again.

      I realize you’re trying to help…but really you’re posting up wrong info.

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      • Pete Osborne

        Im not posting info, I’m asking for the answers which I probably should have made clearer. I don’t know anything about the points I’ve raised, I’m just putting across the general idea of what I have come to understand through the general discussions – I was hoping someone would correct me where I was wrong…or the entirety of it as it now seems to be😛

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      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        You never cleared anything up. lol you have been saying the same things we already know and it doesn’t sound any better coming from you. why defend m$? just get the system since you are so sure about it. you are wasting your time trying to change our minds because we can read and know the policies are no good.

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    • Hugoku

      1.- No need for 30 days. That’s just to transfer a game to another user.
      This share feature is awesome I think. It works better than real life because you don’t need to exchange discs if you wanna go back playing a title. You just let your friend know and that’s it. And I honestly don’t have 10 people with whom I feel comfortable sharing my discs with right now. The caveat is that only one person can play it a time (different consoles) but that’s how it works with physical discs as well so no biggie. This is a huge point that MS has failed to highlight properly.
      2.- They will not be cheaper, as long as competing platforms still fully support physical. There is a chance for sales though but would not hold my breath.
      3.- MS should work out a rental system themselves. Though honestly I never rent. Don’t have the time for it.
      4.- That anyone can play online with a single XBL account is a big plus. Another highlight.

      I like the Xbox one. I understand that some things like used games affect a lot of people but personally, not me.
      However, the 24hs check in kills the deal for me. So many things can go wrong there.

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      • Pete Osborne

        Thank you, I know not many people on here have the patience for questions like mine or the info to actually help so I appreciate it!

        I have the patience to wait a year or so, especially as the current gen is still going strong for a bit but it’s a shame that some of the details have stopped me being a day one buyer

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      • Shane Nokes

        Sorry about my lack of patience above. I’ve just literally answered all of those questions multiple times over the last 12 hours on here.😛

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      • Pete Osborne

        I have no problem matey! This blog is not the kind of place I want to spend much time scrolling through the comment, for obvious reason and also as that’s how I became confused on details in the first place.

        Like I said, I should have worded myself clearer:)

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  • Paul Guenette

    Where can I find an exact policy description of how the 10 friends sharing works?

    Can I only play the games of the 10 I’ve shared with? Or can any number of people share with me, and with a large enough group of friends eventually have 1000’s of games to chose from with purchasing them?
    Also, does the person sharing with me have to be logged in for me to play their games?

    Either way, with 10 friends with 3-4 purchases per year, that’s still a potential 30-40 games I can try before I buy, plus the 2 free a month, equals probably more games than I’ll have time to play.

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    • Shane Nokes

      You’re making this way too complicated.

      Just wait until they do a detailed FAQ. I’ve already explained it numerous times, and made it very clear how it works, and so has MS.

      I would seriously just say wait until they come out with a huge post explaining everything in detail one point at a time.

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      • Paul Guenette

        I’m asking where I can find their explanation, or can someone quickly answer my questions.
        Telling me you’ve already explained it doesn’t answer anything. It just shows your frustration with the trolls on here.
        I’m not trolling, I just want straight facts.

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      • Shane Nokes

        I don’t think you’re trolling.:)

        The problem is that even though MS has been very clear on things it has been via questions asked in multiple interviews. There is no one easy place to find it all yet.

        They are posting things to Xbox Wire, but a lot of the E3 info isn’t there just yet. So I would bookmark that and keep an eye on it.:)

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      • Pete Osborne

        Could you link us to where MS has explained it very clearly as this is a major selling point to me and probably many others. If it’s that clear then I shouldn’t need to wait for an FAQ, cheers:)

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    • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

      I thought it was 10 family members? Where is all of this 10 friends stuff coming from? Surely letting 10 friends share 1 game would be more detrimental to the health of the games industry than getting rid of DRM altogether? I don’t think MS will let 10 friends share 1 game. That would be crazy.

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      • Paul Guenette

        This is just one of the things that MS needs to clear up because there is so much confusion about these new policies.

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      • Shane Nokes

        It’s coming from Yusuf Medhi.

        I’ve already posted the quote multiple times. Do I really need to post it again because you can’t use a search engine?

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      • tigertomspill

        ten friends or family but only one person can play a game at a time from what I heard,which makes sense..

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    • Axel Cortez

      Easy you can put 10 people as family members, they dont have to be in your household or use your xbox to enjoy your game library, they can use another xbox and be thousand of miles away.

      The only limitation is two people cannot play the game at the same time, so if you want to play with your friend multiplayer both need to have the game. As you pointed out this is an amazing way to try several games with your friends, as it stands out right for example I have 15 xbox 360 games (including games in the live store) and 22 PS3 games also including games I pucharsed got from PSN+ So in the future my “family” will have lots of game from me to choose from, from day one they will have Ryse QB and Forza 5

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  • Moro77

    Microsoft’s studios boss Phil Spencer has told CVG that the policies regarding Xbox One’s online and software authorisation requirements are “definitive” and will remain in place. For now.

    “We wanted to set our definitive policy in black and white terms on Xbox Wire, which we did last week. That’s our policy,” he insisted.

    There you go guys and gals MS doesn’t give a toss about your worries,all they care about is taking your 500$ and you should be happy getting screwed from behind without any kind of lube to make it less painfull!
    All hail MS! King of craptastic!

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  • Dave Hurt

    Xbox One achievements?

    A few spring to mind such as…

    Achievement Unlocked:
    “Shared games go bye bye”

    Achievement Unlocked:
    “On your marks, net set or don’t go…”

    Achievement Unlocked:
    “Got to get yourself kinected…”

    And the one that most regular people will never be able to unlock

    “Be as arrogant as Microsoft”

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  • XbonedinOklahoma

    Right or wrong, for now, Microsoft is losing the messaging war, and their company executives have so far shown an incredible deafness to their consumers. Here is what us potential buyers are hearing:

    *XBox ONE is not as powerful as PS4.

    *CPU cycles will be taken up by the multitasking of its operating system, and;

    *We really don’t own the games.

    I understand we are transitioning to a digital delivery method, but here is the question I have.

    What will happen at the retail level as Microsft looks to deliver more games by digital download as opposed to traditional retail, thereby cutting the throats of the retailers who put the machines and software in front of consumers?

    I have Steam and use it on my PC. I like it and it is convenient. But I also can’t find PC games for sale at many stores anymore. I do like the Steam sales, but I now buy far less games than I used to because I am not seduced by the marketing associated with packaging and displays.

    If Microsoft pushes digital and Sony doesn’t, who are retailers going to favor — the company that gives them a way to be profitable or the one aggressively trying to take a portion of their business? I can see a day when Best Buy and others are bannering PS4 in their ads with barely a mentioning XBOX ONE, driving sales of PS4 and the installed user base.

    Now we can say that publishers are going to do this anyway, and they may. But I think the company that delivers for both the consumers and those that champion it on the streets will win the fight in the end.

    If I was Sony, i would be feeling really good about now.

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    • Dylan

      The messaging was only bad at the beginning.
      But that stuff ended up being true.

      So it is the message that’s bad. Luckily a lot of people are seeing that. Even mainstream journalism!

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    • BostonSup

      Dont forget the whole “You buy the console and you are forced to spend an extra $100 for an add-on that you never wanted anyways. Don’t worry, you can turn off the Kinect”, (so it isn’t really needed? “but you can’t disconnect it!!!”

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      • xjumper

        We probably have to wait until hackers have jailbreaked the One. So that they can change the software, and people wont need Kinect anymore. But this will take probably years..until then microsoft has to listen and change their restrictions.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

    I think there’s a danger of Xbone sales being extremely low due to people fearing the console may fail and stop being supported early in its life cycle. Who’d want to pay all that money out for something which will turn out to be useless?

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    • Shane Nokes

      Don’t feed the troll folks. I thought he wanted serious conversation at one point…and then he just started trolling like crazy…that’s why I ended up having to troll him back.

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      • Victor Henrique Tavares Soares

        And what happens when they come with the next-next generation of videogaming….will the Xbox1 be discontinued….???

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      • Shane Nokes

        It’s already been mentioned by more than one person that Phil Spencer already discussed that and said that there’s not a need to worry as far as that goes. There’s already a plan in place for that.

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      • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

        Well then, if MS says so then i instantly feel better because my trust for them knows no bounds. What if the Xbox division goes t*ts up because of poor management and idiotic policy decisions? What happens to your cloud based games then?

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      • BostonSup

        Don Mattrick has said that if the internet is not reliable, or if it is not there then tough ___ and buy the old Xbox 360.

        This guy runs the Xbox division and is so arrogent and closed off that he would actually tell people that if you want single player games while your internet is down (after a storm they will fix power before internet/cable), or while you waiting for internet in your new home, or while on tour (military) then too bad.

        As long as he is running the show, I am sure we will continue to get screwed over while he continues to live in his little bubble.

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      • Dylan

        Actually we had factual points on how the PS4 has the same DRM plan as the Xbox 360.
        You just said basically we were ignorant.

        It sure seems like you are the fanboy when you can’t distinguish that the DRM is system wide on Xbox One
        and optional for publishers (in the form of Online passes) on the PS4.

        Not remotely the same.

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    • Todd Wegman

      It can’t be a good sign that amazon still has the day one Xbox ones for pre-order… all the PS4 launch systems are gone… Microsoft needs to create the sense that the demand will out weigh the supply… (it is a hard sale where the PS4 was an instant purchase for me @$399).

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      • Shane Nokes

        Actually they sold out of the original allotment. Microsoft had to increase the allotment to Amazon which is why they are back in stock.

        This happens all the time during pre-orders…you act like you don’t know that.😛

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      • Bush O Connor

        maybe those are canceled pre orders coming back in stock

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      • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

        That because they only had 12 to sell.

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  • MotherNelson

    I appreciate your…. Sheeplike behavior… but no. I don’t do 24/7 monitoring/listening to you. I know you can turn those features “off” but If I didn’t create/program it myself (i’m a programmer) Then why should I trust them when they say that it’s FULLY off and that they aren’t watching?

    Not only that, but it’s stupid 24/7 checkins… LOL even if I DID buy it… I would RARELY be able to play it because in Vegas, our internet CONSTANTLY goes out. Old technology + extreme heat (and no, we don’t have fiber service available here.) = Death via internet. I don’t play online as it is, because of it. I’m not going to pay T-Mobile $10 so that I could have even WORSE service via tethering to my dumbphone. WHICH btw has TAPE over the front facing camera. I wear my “tin foil” proudly.

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  • Retroact1ve

    I take it no justifiable reason to have it mandatory kinect be plugged in even if you are playing a game that doesn’t use it? Hmm sounds 100% legit to me… Note the sarcasm and skepticism

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    • MotherNelson

      This.

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    • Shane Nokes

      As I said to you before. Feel free to strip the wires and check what’s going on if you’ve told the system to not have it on.

      You won’t find anything weird happening at all. I know you won’t take this challenge though…because it doesn’t fit the story you want to tell.

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      • MotherNelson

        I actually thought of wiring up a led to it’s power wire… that way if it turns on against my will, I’d know about it… However… If I have to do that… If I REALLY have to do that for peace of mind, then it wasn’t worth my money to begin with…… Which is where we’re at RIGHT now. NOT.WORTH.MY.MONEY.

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      • Shane Nokes

        Exactly my point…and exactly how I knew you’d react. Bring up an argument. Someone gives you a way to check and you scurry like the vermin you are.

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      • MotherNelson

        Because you know i’m right and you agree. See? common sense in the most SIMPLEST form, can be a beautiful thing, Shane.

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      • Ryan Lanford

        He edited his post? How low can you get? Kudos to MotherNelson for that awesome beat down. After you beat him down, you beat him back up. LOL

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      • MotherNelson

        I even have a screenshot. I wanted to show my friends all the fail.

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      • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

        lol, nice.

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      • Retroact1ve

        I’m not looking for stories to tell. I’m looking for a justifiable reason it’s mandatory to leave it plugged in, with games that don’t use it, and for users who don’t use it? Now you tell me that story and ill be interested.

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      • Andy Wilding

        Better way, open the kinect and unplug the camera and microphone from the main kinect motherboard, if the kinect then complains that it cannot detect audio or video inputs with the privacy settings turned to on then you know something is up.

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      • Retroact1ve

        I’m not looking for stories to tell. I’m looking for a justifiable reason it’s mandatory to leave it plugged in, with games that don’t use it, and for users who don’t use it? Now you tell me that story and ill be interested.

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  • MotherNelson

    wow! so many comments in 9 hours… let me post this here:

    I don’t do 24/7 monitoring/listening to you while connected to the internet. I know you can turn those features “off” but If I didn’t create/program it myself (i’m a programmer) Then why should I trust them when they say that it’s FULLY off and that they aren’t watching?

    Not only that, but it’s stupid 24/7 checkins… LOL even if I DID buy it… I would RARELY be able to play it because in Vegas, our internet CONSTANTLY goes out. Old technology + extreme heat = Death via internet. (and no, we don’t have fiber service available here.) I don’t play online as it is, because of it. I’m not going to pay T-Mobile $10 per month so that I could have even WORSE service via tethering to my dumbphone. WHICH btw has TAPE over the non-infrared front facing camera. I wear my “tin foil” proudly. Deal with it.

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    • Shane Nokes

      Strip the wires…hook up to it and monitor it then. You can tell the truth on your own.

      That tin-foil hat will prevent you from actually doing any simple investigation though.

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      • MotherNelson

        Please refer to Retroactive’s post. Thank you.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

    http://www computerandvideogames com/414156/ratings/vote-for-your-favourite-xbox-one-disconnection-message/

    You know how bad it is when a website that should be impartial have a poll like this.

    EDIT: Ok maybe not impartial but at least have some objectivity. They’re clearly poking fun at MS here and deservedly so.

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    • Shane Nokes

      Media sites impartial? /Facepalm

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  • Teamallstar

    Have been a massive fan of Xbox for ten years. Big clan of 30 + Xbox gamers. We took a vote yesterday as to whether we would all buy a PS4 or Xbox One.

    All except me chose PS4. These are core Xbox fans, all of whom have been willing to walk away from Xbox purely on price and hardware stats.

    The deciding factor bizarrely ended up being the lack of a headset being included with the console…

    We are already being asked to spend 100 more and then being told that we have to spend more just to be able to talk to each other online.

    Microsoft…. The most bizarre product and marketing decisions I have ever seen. Instead of being excited by the launch a group of hardcore Xbox fans have all decided to go with what appears to be a better and much cheaper device.

    I am genuinely devastated by what Microsoft have done. £450 (including headset) to play online is too much when the competition is £349…

    Amazing.

    Microsoft please listen to your fans.

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    • MotherNelson

      if THATS the reason why they don’t want to buy, then either they haven’t been paying attention, or they only speak sheep. :p

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      • Ryan Lanford

        BaAaAaAaAaAaaah!!!

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      • MotherNelson

        LOL!

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      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        that was the cherry on top, is probably what he meant. the final straw. but i actually thought that a mono headset was included. ps4 is going to include one. thats even worse if they don’t include it. wtf. lol m$ what are you doing?

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      • MotherNelson

        LOL “Microsoft wat r u doin?”
        “Microsoft y u do dis?”
        “Microsoft stahp Dx”

        I think I’ve literally lost my mind. xD Been an xbox fan since it was a giant chrome box, then sega’s hardware team (after the death of dreamcast) came in and redesigned it into the black box that we all know and love. A true xbox fan KNOWS the truth in it’s history… Never thought i’d ever see the day where i’d regret ever owning one in the first place : /

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    • deadbox102

      Really, that’s the complaint?

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    • Z4M0

      Worry not, “just don’t buy ONE if you don’t like it!” That’s what you’ll get from microsoft or their brainwashed fanboys… or even better: if you don’t want to be 100% dependant on your internet conection just buy a xbox 360.

      But you know what ? They are saying so to people already owning xbox 360s so neither they’ll sell as many ONEs as they should nor will sell 360s as I doubt people wanting a 360 haven’t had one yet.

      They look at people like you, your friends or me like minorities… let’s wait till release date; if people in the internet vote with their wallets maybe microsoft will notice how they aren’t selling as many games per console bought, etc.

      …and I guess they’ll keep gold subscriber due to the free stuff they’ll be giving away in the next months. I’m sure some people would not renew gold accounts…

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      • Anytyme

        I already canceled my auto-renewal for gold.

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  • ryaoni

    Come on Microsoft make sense of this. It shouldn’t be this hard to play a game.

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  • Dennis Crosby

    Hey majornelson in tonight’s show you should tell us about some of the things that the cloud will be used for. so far all i heard about it was for storage and dedicated servers

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    • MotherNelson

      It’ll be used to store pictures of you playing halo in your underwear. It’ll also be used to store what kind of *content* you like to watch so that it can advertised to you based off of when your last 3r3ction was.

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  • E.Nich

    I like the new challenge system, they could have implemented it before, because I won’t have a chance to use it.

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    • deadbox102

      The new achievement system is an improvement over the 360’s by far, but its irrelevant when you can’t buy the console because if the check-in requirement.

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  • Holesome

    I’m confident that MS will implement a prolonged-disconnect checkout/check-in solution. There are many incomplete solutions they are working on including rentals which will take time to complete and implement. We have 4 months until launch to see how the system is enhanced or changed by launch time. Even after launch the system can and will evolve just as the 360 did. I’m not holding my breath on any one point but I am excited to see where this all goes.

    I’m sure MS strives to be as inclusive as possible within the X1 infrastructure. I don’t think there is any American that purposely tries to inconvenience the people who serve in the US military. Unfortunately the complaining public try to paint the picture of MS employees waking up every day with new ideas on how to screw over everyone.

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  • Ryan Lanford

    LIKE if you’re not buying XBONE.
    DISLIKE if you’re buying it.

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  • http://twitter.com/iamnovatribe NOVA

    I feel you on this bro. On my OWN judgement….I want to pick up an Xbox One……but for the greater good of gaming as a whole…and because I care about all of us being able to enjoy games, I just want an understanding of what’s happening in terms of DRM and some of the mandatory options Xbox is enlisting. They COULD be doing the right thing in gamers interest with this decision by curbing used games and rentals and loose market sales….forcing that money to come back to pubs and devs….which in turn keeps us from seeing the next ‘Black Rock’ ….the next ‘THQ’……where MASSIVE companies have to close their doors and make good games.

    As easy as it would be to make a selfish decision here…..i’m exploring this conversation, because it could affect all of us…going to the left…..OR……going to the right………..

    It’s tough.

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    • terrell groggins

      Tough decision indeed , I could have waited, but with all new tech I have to get it day one , and that is a personal problem , the right thing to do is wait , and I applude you on that

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  • Sledg

    It’s nice to see achievements not tied to a release of a game/DLC. Nice job team and it was only a matter of time for that separation of achievements and challenges.

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  • ae69ae

    Hey quickly! Send Shane over to IGN. Xbox One is getting tossed around in a coffin in there LOL

    Major Nelson: When are we going to see how the Servers are supposed to offload the CPU? I think that can put Xbox One back on top:)

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    • John

      Build (June 26-28).

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      • JayD

        Yep it will be a good conference. It will allow us to learn a lot more about Xbox.

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    • MotherNelson

      My son…. is a disgrace to his entire family. His father cries.

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      • ae69ae

        lmfao

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    • Andy Wilding

      No, that cannot put xbox one at top, you cn sugar coat as many features as you like, hell you could put a free to play call of duty with every map ever from all the previous versions all free on there and i still would not buy it.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/ViRUSfromMARS Jaffa Cake King

    Can’t you release two versions of the Xbox One? One version for the people who don’t like owning what they pay for, who like to be spied on and forced to connect to the internet and then a version for the rest of us with none of that nonsense.

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    • MotherNelson

      That would be PRO-CONSUMER. So, no. They cannot.

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