- Microsoft Rewards users can now earn extra points by playing Xbox Game Pass titles on their consoles for four days a week, but the rewards seem to vary for different users and some don’t see the option at all.
- Recent changes to Microsoft Rewards have made it more difficult for users to collect points, causing criticism from some Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
- Despite speculation about the program’s potential shutdown, Microsoft has not announced any plans to end the loyalty program.
Tech giant Microsoft‘s loyalty program, Microsoft Rewards, has given Xbox users an extra way to earn points, gamers have discovered. However, it seems like the new method either offers different rewards or does not pop up at all for some folks.
The Microsoft Rewards initiative allows people to collect points by completing a wide variety of tasks, from doing something as simple as making a search through Microsoft’s Bing to making a purchase on the Microsoft Store. These accumulated points can then be used to claim rewards like gift cards, or they can be given to nonprofit organizations as donations. People have discovered a new way to earn a lot of Microsoft Rewards points just by consistently playing video games on their Xbox consoles.
Microsoft Rewards Starts Adding Cooldown Timer
Microsoft Rewards is adding a new cooldown timer for some users that activates after a set number of searches have been conducted.
In a recent post on the Microsoft Rewards subreddit, user yikesmyguy shared a screenshot of the extra weekly console bonus challenge that rewards people 500 points for playing any of the currently available Xbox Game Pass titles on a console for four days a week. Some community members, however, reported that the recently discovered task only offered 250 points as a reward. Others, meanwhile, claimed the weekly console bonus challenge did not appear at all on either the Xbox app or console.
The addition of this new way of earning points followed the recent changes to Microsoft Rewards’ Xbox Game Pass quests, which included the removal of several challenges. While the update did not reduce the maximum amount of points that people could earn, it did make collecting them more difficult. These changes caused an outcry among users online, with some accusing Microsoft of trying to prevent most of its Xbox Game Pass subscribers from earning the highest amount of possible rewards just to save money.
Xbox owners were warned of huge changes coming to the Microsoft Rewards program around November 2023, and many people actually thought it was a sign that the initiative would completely shut down. Despite the criticism Microsoft Rewards has received over its changes, Microsoft has not made any official announcements regarding the end of its loyalty program.
Amid these Microsoft Rewards changes, more and more titles are constantly being added to Microsoft‘s online subscription service, with Xbox Game Pass set to offer five new games in January 2024. Among these is F1 23, the well-received racing game developed by veteran British studio Codemasters. Several new additions have been confirmed for February as well, including Atlus’ highly anticipated remake of its classic Persona 3 RPG, Persona 3 Reload.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the highest tier of Microsoft’s flagship game subscription service that offers over 100 game titles that you can play with a single purchase, making it one of the most outstanding value propositions of the Xbox ecosystem to date.