Rest easy, Microsoft followers – your Gamerscore is safe. Microsoft has officially confirmed at a London-based screening of the Xbox Reveal event that the Gamerscores, gamertags and avatars of all Xbox Live members will be ported over from Xbox 360 to Xbox One, along with other limited features from the Xbox 360.
Harvey Eagle, Microsoft’s UK marketing director, made this statement to the press:
“Your hard-earned Gamerscore will port over, so yes you’ll take that with you.
You’ll also take your Gamertag, your identity with you. Whilst we’re making a much bigger bet on natural identity with the camera, Avatars will also feature as well. All of the gaming identity that you have on Xbox 360 will be there on Xbox One as well.”
However, Microsoft also confirmed that any purchases made on the Xbox Live Arcade will not be transferred over to Xbox One, due to the new console not being backwards compatible. Other purchased entertainment like movies, though, will carry over. In reference to Xbox Live accounts, the company mentioned that gamers’ Xbox Live Gold accounts will be shared between the Xbox One and the Xbox 360, with multiple people in a household being able to share one subscription across different accounts.
Likely, all of this is meant to appeal to the greatest number of consumers possible – accessibility and ease of use for casual players, social and gaming-oriented features for the core audience. The trick is whether or not this balancing act between hardcore and casual appeal will payoff for Microsoft.