Learn More About Xbox Gamerscores

Achievement awards build your Gamerscore

Your Gamerscore is made up of all of the points you earn for getting achievements in Xbox One and Xbox 360 games.

Every Xbox game has a particular number of achievements associated with it, and within each achievement is a particular point value. As you complete more in-game goals and finish entire games, your Gamerscore will reflect that to show other people what games you've played and what you've accomplished.

What Are Gamerscores Used For?

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When the Gamerscore was first conceptualized, it was intended to be used as a way to not only showcase a gamer's habits but also as a way for them to receive free downloads and bonus packs for their games.

However, in short, what's really happened over the years is that the Gamerscore has evolved to only be useful for bragging rights. They're a fun way to compare your devotion to your gaming with other people, but a high score doesn't necessarily mean that someone is a better gamer than someone else. 

A Gamerscore really just means that the person completes lots of games and collects as many awards within those games as they can. In one way, this shows that they can complete lots of games and collect all the achievements the game has to offer, but it's not really a meaningful sign of their skill level overall.

For example, some games like "King Kong," "Fight Night Round 3," and all of the other sports games, have very easy achievements, so it's relatively easy to earn all of the points that those particular games have to offer. Play enough of these easier games and your Gamerscore could skyrocket. 

However, other games like "Perfect Dark Zero," "Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter," and "Burnout Revenge" give you very hard goals for achievements and require real dedication to obtain all but the easiest points. You could play some of these games all day every day and never really amass a competing Gamerscore.

You can see that a Gamerscore can become inflated when it comes to easier games but pretty low if all you play are harder games that take longer to collect Gamerscore points. In other words, the Gamerscore is not necessarily indicative of a high-skilled player who plays a few games, but instead, one who completes lots of games and achievements.

How High Can a Gamerscore Get?

There are many ways to boost your Xbox Gamerscore, but is there a limit? There certainly is an upper cap to how high a certain game can increase your Gamerscore since there is a particular number of achievements you can get from that game. However, overall, your Gamerscore is only limited by the number of games you complete and the number of goals you attain within those games.

For example, while each Xbox 360 game has around 1,000 points you can earn, your Gamerscore certainly isn't limited to that number because you could complete all the achievements in two Xbox 360 games to get 2,000 points. 

Some Xbox games have more points due to DLC. "Halo: Master Chief Collection" actually has 600 achievements worth 6,000 Gamerscore, and "Rare Replay" has 10,000 points split between the 30 games in the collection.

Arcade games offer points too, which were originally capped at 200 points but can now earn you up to 400 per game.

Since achievements and Gamerscore are also on Xbox One, any points you earn contribute to your overall combined score between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. 

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