Some of the downloads on the Xbox Live Marketplace are free, but a lot of premium content requires payment.Until 2013, Microsoft Points represented a digital credit purchased either with a credit card on your Xbox 360 or at retail locations. The value was 80 Microsoft Points equaled $1. So, for example, a 400-point arcade game set you back $5 in real money. You could buy points in increments of 400.
In Early 2013, Microsoft has shifted to real currency instead of Microsoft Points. That meant you could buy Microsoft gift cards in the money denominations whatever you want, rather than calculating how many points something is. However, points didn’t completely go away. We’ve compiled tips for you to rack up points in two different Microsoft awards programs.
Earn points using Bing and Microsoft Edge, or shopping in Microsoft Store online from your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 devices. And if you’re on mobile, download the Bing app to get points on the move.
- The ability to earn Microsoft Rewards by browsing with Microsoft Edge might not be available in your country or region.
- Buying items from Microsoft Store on Xbox may not earn points in all countries/regions.
Microsoft Points are the currency that fuels Xbox Live. We recommend buying points cards in stores rather than using your credit card on your Xbox since it will save you a lot of trouble if you happen to get Hacked or have other security issues.
Below are other (legal) ways to earn MS points for free, however, and if you are patient you can earn a fair amount of points pretty easily.