Microsoft wants to encourage better behavior in online interactions on Xbox One by handing out rewards to players. While punishing players that engage in racist, sexist, homophobic, or generally unacceptable behavior while playing games online is always an option, Microsoft also wants to add a layer of incentives that might serve as a positive way to get players to behave themselves.
During a talk at GDC 2014 aimed at ID@Xbox developers this week, Frank Savage, partner and development lead at Microsoft, said that rather than just punish players for poor behavior on Xbox Live, players may be rewarded for exhibiting exemplary behavior.
If your reputation is "soaring because you're this amazing player that everyone wants to be with," the Xbox Live reputation algorithm may recognize that fact and give you some type of special reward. Microsoft says that this is its way of saying, "Thanks for being such a good member of the community, here's a reward," according to Savage.
Speaking to Polygon after the panel, Savage said that Microsoft hasn't determined what those rewards might be because that part of Xbox Live's reputation system is still in the "brainstorming" stages.
It's certainly another interesting way to approach dealing with bad behavior. A punishment system is always needed because – as in real life – some people just can't stop themselves from being… stupid online.