Microsoft is overhauling it's achievement system in order to "deliver more interesting, complex, and fulfilling goals and rewards to you”, according to Xbox Live Achievements program manager Cierra McDonald.
The biggest change is that video and music apps can now offer Achievements, although they won't give you an additional points towards your gamescore, but will instead offer you various bonuses and rewards, across video, music and games. Rewards may include the likes of digital artwork, new maps, characters, temporary stat boosts, sneak peek content, early access, or subscription extensions.
To make this possible, Achievements now come in two categories – challenges and achievements (lower case 'a').
An achievement will be available from launch and will be available at an time. A challenge, on the other hand, is an "opportunity" which sets a goal and offers a reward. You must complete this within a certain time frame, and it cannot affect your Gamerscore. Challenges may be set for a community rather than individual player.
Both appear achievements and challenges will appear in your Achievements list with an icon, and may include a DVR capture of the moment you unlocked it.
What do you think of this idea, good or slightly over the top? The cynics in us can't help but think that there will be challenges for buying movies and music. Could this be the case?