The latest update to Xbox Game Pass includes a fascinating excuse to start grinding for achievements.
As detailed over on the Xbox website, the latest set of Xbox Game Pass quests for January includes the ability to earn up to 2,100 Microsoft Reward points which, if you plan to spend any money in the Xbox ecosystem, translates to about…err…not much. It’s a shade more than you need for a $1.25 gift card. It’s probably best to just save these points up for something a little more exciting.
The points themselves are given out for completing more generic achievements (such as earning an achievement from three different games in three different genres) and more specific achievements (like earning four outlined achievements in Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux). It’s a pretty diverse combination of required achievements.
However, the most interesting thing about these new quests has nothing to do with the points they reward or the achievements themselves. The most interesting thing about these new quests is what they mean for the future of Game Pass.
Microsoft has previously mentioned wanting to do more with achievements, but this is the first time that we’ve seen them really put that plan into action. Previous quests on Game Pass occasionally rewarded you for completing an achievement, but this particular collection of quests that are all based on in-game achievements might very well represent the future of the system. If that is the case, then it might really be possible to save up those reward points throughout the year and put them towards something substantial.
All in all, this looks like one of the many ways that Microsoft may help ensure that their future has less to do with physical Xbox consoles and more to do with the Game Pass service.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.