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Xbox One versions of games get separate Achievements to Xbox 360 versions

"You're getting a much richer set of features" on the next gen Xbox

Gamerscore obsessives: the next generation of videogame consoles is your generation of videogame consoles. As if it wasn't enough that Xbox One lets developers add achievements over time, Microsoft has also confirmed that you'll be able to earn twice the Gamerscore for one Gold account by playing current and next generation versions of the same game.

Quite why you'd want to do that is, of course, a mystery to me, but I have learned through bitter experience not to question the wiles of the garden variety achievement collector. Go forth, you lucky people. Fill your boots.

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"Every game has its own set of achievements, so if you're playing Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and on Xbox One, you can earn a separate set of Gamerscore in each game," Microsoft's Marc Whitten confirmed to IGN yesterday.

"But on the Xbox One version, you're getting a much richer set of features, such as seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console, being able to unlock new achievements throughout the year, and earning real prizes inside and outside of the game."

Xbox Gold accounts will carry across between Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so all that lovely Gamerscore will end up in the same place. Perhaps you'll be able to put it towards the next generation of Xbox Live rewards - Microsoft began offering discounts on XBLA games under the scheme last September.

"Xbox One also enables a new concept of challenges, where games will be offering special time-based opportunities to earn various goals and collect the rewards," Whitten added. You can read much, much more about the new mechanics and systems in our Xbox One achievements guide.

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