While I’m not the biggest achievement hunter, there are times when I play a game on Xbox longer than planned just to bag an achievement or achievements. Accordingly, I regularly look at the overview of newly started titles to see which achievements there are at all.
With quite a few games, however, there is quite an annoyance. Because the story-based titles in particular hide many of their achievements behind an inaccessible “secret” shield. Of course, this is supposed to prevent spoilers and provide a certain element of surprise, but it has annoyed me several times that there is not at least one option that reveals these secret achievements if desired.
A wish becomes reality
And what should I say? Microsoft has now officially announced exactly this option. With the June update, which will be deployed later this month, there is now the option of displaying secret achievements. And that works quite simply:
- Opens the Xbox Guide in the corresponding games (press the Xbox button)
- Go to “Game Activity” and then to “Achievements”
- Select and confirm one of the secret achievements
- Navigate to “Show details”
And voila, the conditions for the respective achievements will be displayed to you in the future. So I can save myself detours via achievement sites on the net to find out how the heck I unlock the last damn secret achievement in the future. Incidentally, the whole thing should not only work on the Xbox consoles, but also in the Xbox app or the Game Bar on the PC.
The Xbox has already received these comfort updates:
With this trick, Microsoft is actually fulfilling a wish I’ve had for a long time, especially in the area of achievements. A convenience feature that I will definitely be using regularly over the next few months – and there will probably be more in the June update. So far it is known that patches for your own game library should be recognized faster and more reliably with the upcoming update.
What do you say about this innovation?