Microsoft is planning to extend its Xbox Achievements beyond video games to television with its new Xbox One console, a new report suggests. That means you’ll rack up arbitrary points and lazy man’s bragging rights for simply watching the TV programs Microsoft wants you to watch.
Xbox Achievement points are pretty straightforward — most video games come with total 1,000 points that are unlocked for completing tasks laid out by the game’s developers.This can include arbitrary tasks like finding random items in the game, but points are most often awarded for beating certain bosses, levels, etc.
They might sound silly, but Achievements make playing games oddly addicting. It certainly helps when you have friends attempting to beat each other’s scores.
But can watching TV be competitive?
This new patent will also award points to Xbox One users for watching certain television programs. This is how the patent application reads:
“To increase interactive viewing and encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content, awards and achievements may be tied to those items of video content.”
The patent goes on to suggest that Xbox One users could earn rewards for watching selected events, such as the Super Bowl.
Achievements won’t be limited to points, either, it seems. Reports indicate viewers will also gain pieces of clothing for their avatars or win coupons for real-world events, like concerts or sports games.
Of course, the goal of this program will be to kill the cable box, once and for all. Will Microsoft be successful? That may depend on how much the Xbox One costs, and if it will play used games.