Microsoft doubling XBLA gamerscore cap

XBLA games able to have 400 points and 30 achievements beginning next month; point total will be mandatory starting in June.

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Gamers thirsting for a bigger gamerscore will be happy to know that beginning next month, all new Xbox Live Arcade games will support up to 400 points, an increase from the current cap at 200.

The XBLA gamerscore cap doubles next month.

Additionally, with the update, all new XBLA titles will support up to 30 achievements. This is a spike from the previous cap of 20. This change will be optional for developers from April to May, but beginning in June, all new XBLA games will be required to sport 400 gamerscore points.

No specific titles have been confirmed yet as having 400 gamerscore.

XBLA has a number of new projects in the works, including a game from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, as well as Fez and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

Discussion

56 comments
Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

Kinda stupid move. Especially at this point of 360's life. I don't like when they change something in the process. 1k and 200 pts for normal and XBLA games respectively was fine for me.

LessThanMike
LessThanMike

Does this mean prices are gonna jump too?

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

yay! gamer points.... that absolutely means nothing... its equivalent to a "no life badge!"

megakick
megakick

Why increase it now? Why not increase the achievement points for the 60 dollar games?

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Nice, I wish they did this before I bought all my arcade games.

Smith7010
Smith7010

More point from Battle Block Theater! :)

StealthUS1
StealthUS1

Make other incentives for getting higher and higher gamerscores! Offer some deal for so many MS points for every 100 or so gamerscore. I dont know why this isnt being done....it would really become popular and I think Microsoft could afford it lol.

stomponyahead
stomponyahead

400 points is great, now what I'm trying to figure out is why in the hell I got so many thumbs down? @Suikogaiden, yes, I have a lot of friends, believe it or not, and I just think it should be increased because people like playing with more an diffrent people. Is that so bad? lol

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Venkman -- That's EXACTLY why they're brilliant, and why every single gaming platform moved to adopt them. They have no intrinsic or real value; they're the "DING" of the bell that says "Hey, I swung the hammer THAT hard". They're the gold star on the A+ homework. ...and they were an utter coup for MS. Would most people like to be occasionally told "Hey, you're doing reall well at this game" -- the answer is absolutely YES. Do they provide developers and publishers additional revenue at almost no additional development cost? YES. Addictive, (ironically like GladOS or EDI's internal positive feedback systems)? YES. Much like those two examples, the effects tend to diminish over time, but the creation of achievements was indeed brilliant. Increasing their relative value in XBLA games will absolutely have a direct impact on those titles' sales.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

... yay? Gamerpoints are completely, if you'l forgive the pun, pointless. They don't do anything, they don't contribute in any way to a gaming experience. I have been on Xbox live for over 8 years, and not once have I ever been able to leverage my gamerscore for or with anything. Frankly, if that entire score system for the acheivments dissapeared overnight, I would not notice for months. #*@) gamerpoints and people who think they are cool because they have a lot of them. If you care about gamerpoints you need to get a life and stop playing so much xbox.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Oh my god, this is really important. I am going to be playing all of the arcade games now, so I can get those extra points. Wait a second, I don't care about gamerscore. Huh, I guess it doesn't really matter, but yeah, Witchsight, I hope your are not right. It is worrisome though.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Why do i get the feeling theres a price hike written in invisible ink somewhere?

stomponyahead
stomponyahead

How about increasing the friends list to 150?

drknessfeeds
drknessfeeds

I think achievements are a good way to give a game a longer life span. Some make you play in a different/somethimes fun way, some challenge you like getting the high score in a old school game before their were achievements. But some are just completely and utterly stupid, like they ran out of ideas for them.

mysticstryk
mysticstryk

With most retail games going well over 1000 with dlc, this increase is a must for achievement hunters.

zzamaro
zzamaro

meh, any dl game is a scam, i would have preferred more points for the disc based ones, over 1000 points :)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Just don't double the price. I think they have to double the current cap of the Gamerscore, as I'm sure some gamers are probably at a pretty high level. My best friend is over 100,000! I'm yet to break into the 70,000, but I really don't chase those achievements too hard.

Jbul
Jbul

Sweet. Why not?

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

Serious Sam HD The First Encounter seems to be the hardest XBLA game to perfect...

mtait01
mtait01

I have since moved on for Xbox and have a PS3 now... but this is great news to anyone achievements hunters out there! I always thought that 200 points was a bit short, especially for games that cost 1,200 points. I wonder if any game developers with games already available on XBLA are allowed to raise the cap on games already out?? Good news for achievement hunters either way

Dezuria
Dezuria

MS wants to sell more XBLA games.

mrfidget
mrfidget

I like more achievements. But now it will be twice as hard to achieve the satisfaction of having 100 percent complete Arcade Games!! Argh! Consumer ANGRY

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Sadly, this came too late for Alan Wake's American Nightmare and I Am Alive. They could have benefited from more achievements.

earlmccormick88
earlmccormick88

Of course people care about achievements/trophies. What other reason is there to play "Journey" a second time? It's a 3 hour game...and I only got 3 Trophies. Awesome game btw. I'm only gonna go through the game again to get the rest of the trophies. It adds more life in the game. Had it not had trophies, I would've felt the game was a ripoff.

BattyOnBench
BattyOnBench

Roses are grey, Violets are Grey, Tulips are grey, Im a dog.

ziproy
ziproy

Who still cares about achievements?

zaiwen
zaiwen

as long as it won't affect the prices then so be it... then again i don't play through a game & force myself just to unlock every achievement on the game... but if i unlock an achievement or two, then it feels great

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Considering the increase in price in most games, I'd say that that's justified. Some of those are simply not worth 1200 MS.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I do enjoy achievements, but it's not the main reason I play a game.

tricko
tricko

this is just an excuse to raise prices on arcade games. mark my words, this will end in tears

Flint247
Flint247

More achievements is good. :)

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Tell me when they double the xbl friends cap, that would be newsworthy.

Marky360
Marky360

I don't see why Microsoft puts a cap on the gamerscore in the first place I mean it's just a silly score why not let em give how ever many points they want they don't really mean anything. LOL I remeber when I first got my Xbox 360 I got gamerscore and MS points mixed up and thought I could get points to buy DLC and XBLA games just by completeing certain objectives in my games. Silly me

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Brettsky128 "Achievements add more life to a game, this is sweet!" totally agree!!!

Branmuffin316
Branmuffin316

The sad thing is people will buy games just because they have more gamerscore

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

This is cool but, I do not care that much because I only buy retail games and I think I have bought about maybe three game's on the marketplace one was the Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, Duke Nukem: 3D and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Arcade, just for Nostalgia with the last 2 games that I mentioned.

magicalclick
magicalclick

cool, I don't really care that much, but, deep down, it still makes me smile. It was a bit depressing when I spend hours to get an ultra difficult achievement, just to realize I was been reward with 5 points, just feel my effort should worth a little more than that.

blitztwn36
blitztwn36

Nanana-boo-boo - My Gamerscore is bigger than your Gamerscore.

soapman72
soapman72

Great!! This will be easy to get GS with

visionedorange
visionedorange

this is great news as i'm an achievement whore, but how about they scrap micro$oft points and stop making me buy more than i need to buy what i want and then have a couple hundred left to do nothing with

Otulissa
Otulissa

While I dont obsess over gamer score I admit I have fun chasing down those little achievments, so more fun options to try to complete sounds nice.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

Achievements add more life to a game, this is sweet!