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Earn achievements for watching TV on Xbox One

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Remember when I reported on the rumor that you might be able to get achievements for watching TV and movies on the Xbox One? Well, now it seems that it’s a real thing.

Over on Xbox Wire, they showed off the TV and entertainment apps coming to Xbox One. After raving about how the Xbox One will be the all-in-one entertainment hub, the post goes on to say:

For example, Xbox One is empowering partners to bring media achievements and exclusive Snap experiences, as well as many other things to entertainment apps, offering everybody the opportunity to achieve badges or rewards for the media they consume in addition to gaming.

It’s unknown at this point if it will affect Gamerscore. Maybe there will be a new score – Viewerscore? Loungescore? I suppose this is a way to show off to your friends that you have indeed watched all of Twilight with your girlfriend, or maybe there will be a special achievement if the Kinect picks up that you fell asleep while watching it. I’m curious about the types of achievements you could unlock, or if we should call it an achievement when you binge on The Walking Dead and finish the entire season in one weekend. Not that I’ve ever done anything like that.

It’s clear that the Xbox One is designed to be an entertainment device, not just a gaming console. I just wonder if people are looking for this kind of all-in-one hub, or if they still like having multiple consoles and interactive systems. Only a few more weeks until we know how people vote with their wallets.

Last Updated: November 11, 2013

55 Comments

  1. Wayne

    November 11, 2013 at 12:11

    7de laan has got 10000 new viewers this weekend

    Reply

  2. Spathi

    November 11, 2013 at 12:14

    If we get achievements for watching TV, does Kinect get achievements for watching us?

    #Skynet #The end is near #whykillinghumansisfun

    Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      November 11, 2013 at 12:16

      I didn’t realise this is Twitter.

      Reply

      • Spathi

        November 11, 2013 at 12:17

        #it isn’t #but #if #Umar #can #pretend it is, why can’t I?

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          November 11, 2013 at 12:19

          #because #nolife #YOLO

          Reply

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            November 11, 2013 at 12:21

            What’s a YOLO?

          • Spathi

            November 11, 2013 at 12:22

            You Only Live Onceth!

          • DrKiller

            November 11, 2013 at 16:22

            Or You Only Live Online.. Depends on your personality πŸ˜‰

          • Hammersteyn

            November 11, 2013 at 12:22

            A curse on humanity

          • ToshZA

            November 11, 2013 at 12:26

            This ^

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            November 11, 2013 at 12:34

            carpe diem for stupid people πŸ˜›

          • Rikus

            November 11, 2013 at 12:39

            Lonely Island probably says (sings?) it best:

            http://youtu.be/z5Otla5157c

        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 11, 2013 at 12:22

          Because he is umar.. He is “special”

          Reply

  3. Admiral Chief in 1986

    November 11, 2013 at 12:14

    ag nee rerig?

    Reply

  4. TiMsTeR1033

    November 11, 2013 at 12:14

    Achievement unlocked “Completed entire back door sluts series in one day”

    Reply

    • Wayne

      November 11, 2013 at 12:19

      Gaming has just become super lazy , just watch some teddy tubbiest and unlock immortality

      Reply

  5. TiMsTeR1033

    November 11, 2013 at 12:15

    Flipping joke this!

    Reply

  6. Wayne

    November 11, 2013 at 12:15

    Is it x bashing day today or just another blue Monday?

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2013 at 12:16

      Its not a green Monday, I can assure you that much.

      Reply

    • JHN

      November 11, 2013 at 12:33

      yeah its apparently the beginning of another slag off xbox week.

      Reply

      • Wayne

        November 11, 2013 at 12:40

        Come on guys the xbone might just blow us away

        Reply

        • Rikus

          November 11, 2013 at 12:41

          That looks like a cleverly disguised pun…

          Reply

          • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

            November 11, 2013 at 12:42

            lmao

          • Wayne

            November 11, 2013 at 12:43

            That is what she said

          • Kensei Seraph

            November 11, 2013 at 12:48

            You sure she didn’t mean pin?

        • JHN

          November 11, 2013 at 12:43

          Even with all the stories reported over the past few days ill still be getting one, but im an xbox fan boy so it just wouldnt feel right getting a PS4.

          Reply

        • Rikus

          November 11, 2013 at 12:47

          But in all seriousness, I’m willing to throw the X a Bone when it eventually launches.

          Reply

          • Wayne

            November 11, 2013 at 12:53

            The point is Fun , if it can create some down time and fun why not

    • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

      November 11, 2013 at 12:48

      It’s not our fault they make it so easy… I seems as though the only time MS opens their mouth regarding the Xbone is when they need to swap feet

      Reply

      • Wayne

        November 11, 2013 at 12:54

        Should put a X in front of there mouths!

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  7. ToshZA

    November 11, 2013 at 12:16

    Achievement unlocked:

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  8. Martin du preez

    November 11, 2013 at 12:19

    They’re really taking this TV thing seriously eh

    Reply

  9. Rikus

    November 11, 2013 at 12:23

    Nice! MS rewarding you for using your games console as a not-so-games console. Next step, rewards for not watching TV on your SmartTV.

    Reply

  10. fred

    November 11, 2013 at 12:24

    Does it do tv in 1080p?

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    • Wayne

      November 11, 2013 at 12:26

      Only in its native country

      Reply

    • Rikus

      November 11, 2013 at 12:27

      Nope, but they reward you for watching in lower resolution

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        November 11, 2013 at 12:28

        Upscaled to 1080p for additional 25 points.

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        • Rikus

          November 11, 2013 at 12:30

          Indeed

          Reply

  11. Observer

    November 11, 2013 at 12:36

    Will you earn an achievement when Kinect sees you picked up weight from watching TV the whole weekend? Achievement unlocked : Gained 10kg’s.

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  12. Lourens Jordaan

    November 11, 2013 at 12:37

    You whatched the complete season of 24 in less than 24 hours. Have a cookie.

    Reply

  13. Wayne

    November 11, 2013 at 12:41

    Joystick level 3 unlocked – x Girls

    Reply

  14. Prophet

    November 11, 2013 at 12:50

    WOW, this can potentially earn M$ $billions in advertising etc. Sony WILL jumps on this wagon soonest if they want to become profitable!

    Reply

  15. Kensei Seraph

    November 11, 2013 at 12:51

    Achievement Unlocked
    “Snake” Master

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  16. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 11, 2013 at 12:54

    Does it give the same achievement to all the people watching? It would be quite embarrassing for Rince to get his Twilight achievement, but his “girlfriend” does not. #foreverSP

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    • ToshZA

      November 11, 2013 at 12:55

      Getting that achievement unlocks the “Sparkle” theme for your Xbone. I’m guessing Rince will do this first. πŸ˜‰

      Reply

      • RinceandRepeat

        November 11, 2013 at 13:03

        Oi!

        Reply

    • RinceandRepeat

      November 11, 2013 at 13:01

      You shut up!

      Reply

  17. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    November 11, 2013 at 13:05

    Only in America, I just don’t see them giving out achievements for watching Rhythm City or Sewende Laan.

    Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      November 11, 2013 at 13:06

      RHYTHM CITY! man, that show was integral to my initial understanding of south african culture. love it

      Reply

      • Wayne

        November 11, 2013 at 13:09

        If you want culture JHB CDB Baby!

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 11, 2013 at 13:16

        I HATED RHYTHM CITY….

        Reply

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          November 11, 2013 at 13:46

          david genaro is the best character on south african tv.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            November 11, 2013 at 14:49

            He’s like a South African Lex Luthor meets the Red Skull. I don’t say this very often about soapie characters, but he’s a very cool character.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        November 11, 2013 at 14:49

        Oh dear! πŸ˜€

        Reply

  18. NostalgicMossel

    November 11, 2013 at 14:06

    LOL! “Achievement unlocked! You achieved nothing this weekend. Congrats!”

    Reply

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