In light of Sony’s PlayStation 4 Q&A it looks like Microsoft has taken notice and has teamed up with IGN to offer you an Ask Microsoft Anything post which will be updated every Monday at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT – That’s 9PM UK Time (BST).
Right now Marc Whitten, Chief Xbox One Platform Architect has answered a handful of questions on Avatars and Gamerpictures, the Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox One, the Xbox One’s Game DVR, and achievements..
In summary Whitten answered a question which asked about our Xbox Avatars and whether they’ll be transferred over to the Xbox One. He answered, “They are – your avatar will be on the system at launch,” he then went on to talk about the Xbox One and Gamerpics; “We’ve moved from the 64×64 gamerpics on Xbox 360 to a full 1080p.” Finally, I can have my gorgeous face as my Xbox One gamerpic!
Whitten also answered the burning question about the Xbox One and the Xbox Live Arcade, something that’s been in the news a lot recently. In reply to a question asking how the Xbox Live Arcade will work on the Xbox One, Whitten said; “Sure – there is no difference between games in the store – games are games are games! You’ll find them in the same pivots (most popular, new, etc.) and we’ll be highlighting them in our dashboard experience.”
Whitten then answered the question “Will the Game DVR capture at the source resolution? i.e. will Forza 5 clips capture at 1080p and 60fps? And where can Game DVR clips be uploaded to?” and said; “Game DVR captures beautiful clips at 720p 30fps,” he was also a little vague on where exactly the clips will be uploaded to, all he said was “Your clips are stored in the cloud.”.
And finally, Achievements. Both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One will have Achievements, but what someone wanted to know was whether two sets of Achievements could be earned from a single game on both platforms. Whitten answered; “Every game has its own set of achievements, so if you’re playing Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and on Xbox One, you can earn a separate set of Gamerscore in each game,” he then went on to say “But on the Xbox One version, you’re getting a much richer set of features, such as seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console, being able to unlock new achievements throughout the year, and earning real prizes inside and outside of the game. Xbox One also enables a new concept of challenges, where games will be offering special time-based opportunities to earn various goals and collect the rewards.”
(More info on challenges can be found on Major Nelson’s blog here.)
For now that’s all that Microsoft have answered, but if you head to the IGN post found here next Monday at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT/9PM UK Time (BST) you can see what Microsoft answer next!