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Changes coming to Xbox Achievements?

In an interview with Windows Central, Xbox Vice-President Mike Ybarra has hinted at a possible change to the way achievements will work on the Xbox platform.

“We 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.”

While Ybarra didn’t go into any details about how and when the changes will happen he also said, “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.”

I personally don’t see this as a change to the current system, but I do think we will see an addition to the current loved system that will reward those of you rack up 100’s of hours on multiplayer shooters.

What do you think? Leave a comment below!

Microsoft to add Game Gifting to Xbox One

It finally looks like Microsoft is adding the much requested game gifting feature to the Xbox store. In a tweet this week, Mike Ybarra, Xbox Vice President, revealed hat the company is “not far” off adding the support to gift purchases.

Game gifting has been a highly requested feature on the Xbox feedback site, where fans can request and vote on new features for the console. This request has amassed nearly 5,000 votes over the past three years. It’s not clear when Microsoft plans to launch this service, but with Ybarra’s tweet it appears it will most likely be sooner rather than later.

Button mapping coming soon for all

A feature previously believed to be reserved for the new Elite controller, button mapping, is set to be available for all controllers soon.

Mike Ybarra, Partner Director of Program Management, Xbox and Windows Platform at Microsoft, replied to a tweet asking him why button mapping was reserved to just the Elite controller, with confirmation that the feature will be coming to all. However, no information regarding of when this would be available was given.

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The Xbox One Elite controller, with swappable d-pad, analogue sticks, and mappable buttons, is due to release on October 27, 2015, for £119.99,