How do you do, fellow gamers? (Insert Steve Buscemi meme here.) As a little bonus to the budget gaming articles I’m posting every month, I figured you guys might like to know some other ways to play some games cheaply. While the Game Pass from Xbox is already a great deal if you’re not wanting to pay full price for any game, Microsoft is also offering some ways to make that crunch a little less crunchy.

For those of us less aware than the rest (including myself until recently) Microsoft has a rewards program. Users get points for performing tasks under certain criteria, for example searching with Bing, or getting achievements in Xbox games.

To be up front, I don’t doubt it’s much more than a reason to get their users to switch to their browser, Edge, and their search engine, Bing. That being said, it still exists, so why not use that to our advantage?

Since we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about what you need to do to get the points. The tasks change daily, so stopping in regularly might be in your best interest. Some of the tasks include:

  • Taking quizzes based on daily topics
  • Participating in single question polls
  • Searching with Bing (either through mobile, Edge, or your own browser with an extension)
  •  Viewing a daily topic
  • Earning achievements on Xbox games
  • Shopping through the Microsoft Store

You are able to trade in the points acquired from the tasks above for different rewards. When you have gained enough points, you can raise your level and redeem less points for the same item. Some of the available rewards are:

  • A month of Game Pass Ultimate (14,000 points, 12,000 at level 2)
  • Xbox/Microsoft, Burger King, Hulu, etc. Gift Cards
  • Skype Credits
  • Xbox Live Gold Membership
  • Sweepstakes Entries
f you’re feeling generous, you can give your points back to Microsoft, and they will donate money to certain charities and/or non-profit organizations that you can choose from.

If you’re going to be playing Xbox, or using Bing or Edge, you might as well take advantage of Microsoft Rewards for doing what you’re already doing. Even if you don’t acquire all of the points necessary to get your game pass every month, chipping away at that total cost is never a bad thing.

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