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Since the launch of the Xbox 360 in 2005, Achievements have been an iconic part of Xbox culture. Now we’ve officially surpassed 100,000 Achievements available across Microsoft platforms. This includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows.
The data comes from TrueAchievements, a site that tracks gaming statistics.
Achievements are goals for doing certain things in games. They can range from something as simple as completing a mission, to crafting every item in a game. The achievements you get are linked to your Xbox Gamertag, and each one is worth an amount of Gamerscore. Currently, the Xbox player with the most Gamescore is known as Stallion83. Stallion83 is the first person to hit 1,000,000 Gamerscore, and has over 50% of Xbox achievements.
Since it came out well before Xbox One, the Xbox 360 dominates the Achievement sphere. According to TrueAchievements’ breakdown, the Xbox 360 has over 76% of the available Achievements. Xbox One trails in second with 15%, and Windows brings up the rear. However, Rich Stone of TrueAchievements expects that we could see Windows take a bigger piece of the pie in the future. With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to create unity across its platforms. That means greater integration between the Xbox One and Windows 10.
2011 saw the most Achievements released, but TrueAchievements predicts that 2015 will take that spot by the end of the year. 14,200 Achievements came out in 2011, followed by a downswing for 2012 and 2013. Now the Xbox One has had time to establish itself and we should see another uptick in Achievements.
Most Achievements are available in Action, Action-Adventure, and Shooter games. And fortunately, only 2.79% of Achievements are impossible to obtain, whether due to being discontinued or other reasons.
If you want the maximum Gamerscore, don’t hold your breath. It’s calculated to be 2.3 million, spanned over 3,100 games.
Check out the graphics here to get the full picture, and check TrueAchievements.com for some more interactive pie charts about Achievements.
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