If you’ve been playing the awesome Forza Horizon 3, take a look at Achievements list. You may notice there are a couple tucked away at the bottom that look a bit weird.

Instead of having the usual Gamerscore next to them, these Achievement sport what look like diamonds. Well my friends, those are Rare Achievements, which Microsoft sneaked into the game. Presumably, more games will start to have these inserted. We noticed this last night, but had no idea what it was.

So if they don’t have a Gamerscore, what are they there for? Well, it turns out (at least in Forza Horizon 3’s case) that they unlock in-game goodies – and they do have a score attached to them (just not in the official list) As if Achievement hunters don’t have enough on their plate already…

Just to make sure that you know when you have hit a Rare Achievement without taking your eyes off the action, there is also a new notification sound to go with that.

Here is a video of what it looks like in-game when it pops:

If you couldn’t quite make out what it sounds like, here is just the audio:

Apparently the Rare Achievement notifications arrived in an Xbox One system update, and for preview members it includes more posting options for the Looking for Group (LFG) feature, the first official Arena feature (for Killer Instinct) and the ability to send group messages.

[Source – Eurogamer]
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