The Xbox Live Rewards program which will let users earn Microsoft Points for activity on the online gaming portal has now launched. The service was first tested a year ago and has now been available to all Members who are 18 and over in the UK and the US. The system works pretty much like Club Nintendo, but instead of getting gear; you’ll be awarded with Microsoft Points instead.
Microsoft Points can be used to purchase items in the Xbox Live Marketplace; 1600 points can be purchased for $19.99. Points aren’t all that hard to get either as you get 10 points by renewing your one-month Xbox Live Gold membership, 30 points for a three-month renewal or even 100 points for Gold members who activate and use Netflix on Xbox Live, and their first purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace will net them another 100 points.
Point allocations are not retroactive. The maximum number of Microsoft points someone can earn each year is 15,000. At this point, the rewards program will go until June 30, 2011; points earned will be good until June 30, 2012.
To participate, connect your Xbox 360 to Xbox Live, and click the “Join Xbox Live Rewards” button on the Live Rewards Web site. It will take up to 36 hours to confirm your eligibility.