Last week saw a dashboard update finally remove the traditional MSP system from Xbox LIVE and replaced it with the Microsoft Account, allowing users across all Xbox and Windows 8 platforms to use local currency.
Following yesterdays official renaming of the Xbox Marketplace to the Microsoft Store, today the Xbox Rewards system has been relaunched at http://rewards.xbox.com/
Reflecting on the multi entertainment use of the Xbox platform, the new look Rewards programme is being refocused to show this:
“Xbox Live Rewards is all about YOU. That’s why we designed the programme with you in mind.Whether you’re an avid gamer with an ever-growing Gamerscore, or a film buff who lives and breathes Xbox Video, we reward you for doing what you love. And the more you do, the more you get.”
Credits can now be earned through using the Xbox to play games, watch TV and movies or listening to Music. The punch card system, which was introduced just before MSP was removed, has been kept, as Microsoft wants to reward it’s Xbox users for using its services.
“With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. From renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership (3,000 Rewards Credits), to building your Gamerscore (up to 3% rebate on Xbox Store purchases), to taking monthly surveys (250 Credits), the rewards are as real as the fun.”
For more information on the new look Rewards Scheme please see the FAQ here – http://rewards.xbox.com/faq/
Xbox LIVE Rewards has issued emails to participants in the rewards.xbox.com scheme to inform them of changes to the program in line with Microsoft scrapping MS Points for cash purchases. Xbox LIVE Rewards gives Gold Subscribers points back in return for making promotional purchases, renewing Gold Subscriptions and answering questionnaires. Whilst the amount of points they dish out monthly is likely to be a hefty sum, for each individual it’s such a small piddly amount – who really cares for 20 MS Points on their Birthday?
Here’s a brief from the informative Xbox LIVE Rewards statement:
“With all these changes, it’s become necessary for us to evolve the way we reward you. Starting 1 August 2013, you will not be able to earn Microsoft Points through Xbox Live Rewards any longer. Not to worry, though! Since this currency change is impacting the structure of the programme, we’re taking the opportunity to make Xbox Live Rewards even better. You’ll continue to get rewarded for doing the things you love on Xbox Live – just not with Microsoft Points. So come back to rewards.xbox.com on 1 September 2013 for the full scoop. You can also follow us at @XboxLiveRewards on Twitter for the latest updates.
Finally, despite the Microsoft Points changes, all your hard work will not go to waste. On 7 August 2013 we’ll deposit ALL your Pending Rewards Points into your account, even if you have less than 100. And if you still have Points in your Xbox account when Microsoft Points are retired, they’ll be transitioned into your country’s local currency.”
Currently there is a dashboard beta in progress on Xbox 360, with Xbox LIVE rewards scrapping points rewards on August 1st – is this the date that the new dashboard will roll out publicly?
We’ll soon see!
Your gamerscore might start to mean a lot more than just kudos to your friends or simply a (rather large) number linked with your Xbox Live account; Xbox Live Rewards intends to open up new ways to earn Microsoft Points based on your gamerscore and the achievements you gather. Continue reading News: Xbox Live Gamerscore Could Gain Microsoft Points in Future