Unlocking Achievements Can Now Earn You XBL Discounts

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#1 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

Microsoft has launched a new Xbox Live Rewards scheme that offers players discounts according to their Gamerscore.

There are three separate reward tiers. Those with a Gamerscore between 3,000 and 9,999 will be sent a Special Gift worth 15p. Those with a Gamerscore between 10,000 and 24,999 receive the gift and are entitled to a 1% rebate on all purchases from Xbox Live Marketplace every month. And last up, those with a Gamerscore in excess of 25,000 will earn a 2% rebate on all purchases every month, as well as the birthday gift.

To be eligible all you have to do isactivate the Xbox LIVE Rewards schemeon your Xbox Live Gold account. All Marketplace purchases qualify towards the rebates, with the exception of Microsoft Points and Xbox Live memberships.

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2% rebate...LMAO

#2 Posted by EvilSelf (3619 posts) -

One thing that ticked me off is they waited until almost the end of the current generation to unveil such a deal. Obviously they are trying to maximize profits before this gen goes away.

#3 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

One thing that ticked me off is they waited until almost the end of the current generation to unveil such a deal. Obviously they are trying to maximize profits before this gen goes away.

EvilSelf

I'd hardly class this as a "deal". MS never come out with anything that rivals PSN+ or any similar service that offers excellent value for money. Never.

A 2% rebate is so laughable, most people won't even sign up to it. They'll hear, "Achievements earn discounts", think "Wow", then hear "2%" and forget it ever existed, because it's not exciting and the number could literally barely get any smaller.

If they said anyone with 50K GS or over would be entitled to a 10%, then people would actually sit up and listen. They'd be actively buying games to improve their gamerscore to be able to access the discount. Everybody wins.

Next gen, instead of blocking used games or whatever, Microsoft should include a one time use code with every new copy of a game that "unlocks" the ability to unlock achievements. Much like the fundamental idea above, 10,000GS (equal to 8 or 9 FULL, NEW retail titles) would net you a 5% discount on all XBL purchases. That continues all the way up to 100,000(or something) which would earn you a 25% discount). People buy more new games, less on used games and spend more on the marketplace.

If they implemented a system like that, I'd be hard pressed to point out the loser in that scenario.

#4 Posted by Soulreavercross (19890 posts) -
This is laughable! And I'm not interested. Microsoft should have come better. On another note, I am a silver subscriber and I need a gold membership to benefit from this.
#5 Posted by Legendaryscmt (12532 posts) -

I could buy a grape with those rebates.

#6 Posted by Darkslayer16 (3611 posts) -

Typical Microsoft.. 2% for top tier is hilarious

#7 Posted by Blueresident87 (5339 posts) -

2% is a joke, especially considering all the time/money it takes to amass such a gamerscore. MS could have done much better than this, I won't even be signing up and I'm well above the gamerscore value for the 2% discount.

#8 Posted by Cyanide4Suicid3 (783 posts) -
I might sign up just because my birthday is October 3rd, but I rarely buy anything from Xbox Live so yeah... Lol
#9 Posted by i-rock-socks (3046 posts) -

even if the 2% counted on everything u bought thus far, for someone like me who spent upwards of 10,000 dollars; itd only come out to 200$ (which would be acceptable)

the 2% rebate on things i wont buy makes me only want to take my business elsewhere, because 2% is an insult not a reward. at launch it could have been a nice lil thing that added up over the years, but it happening now is a joke.

#10 Posted by Skybluesam1 (1 posts) -
What an absolute joke I mean come on 2% what can people even get with that! Also half the people on xbox won`t even get 2% due to them not having a high enough gamerscore. Gheeez Microsoft seem to be getting more and more stingy everyday.
#11 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

The fine print states that a maximum of 30,000MSP can be claimed as long as the offer stands.

That means if you spent $19,000 on DLC, Microsoft would cut you off. Yeeeaah.

What a joke.

#12 Posted by k2theswiss (16599 posts) -

... .... they can keep their 2%. Why couldn't they do something like bing? gain points for x amount you do.

#13 Posted by Blueresident87 (5339 posts) -

even if the 2% counted on everything u bought thus far, for someone like me who spent upwards of 10,000 dollars; itd only come out to 200$ (which would be acceptable)

the 2% rebate on things i wont buy makes me only want to take my business elsewhere, because 2% is an insult not a reward. at launch it could have been a nice lil thing that added up over the years, but it happening now is a joke.

i-rock-socks

That's just it, Microsoft doing this now feels insulting because we've been spending money on their service for years, and they wait until the gen is nearly over to give a paltry 2% discount...

#14 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

Not surprised by this at all, I didn't see why people were getting excited when this was first announced as it was obvious the "rewards" would be crappy.

#15 Posted by Matthew-first (3007 posts) -

I AM A LEGEND!

2%? Oh you... Microsoft, this is just too much... :roll:
:|

Wonder what gift will I get for my bday?

An Avatar prop? thanks! :roll:

#16 Posted by Rattlesnake_8 (18364 posts) -
2% is crazy.. why would they make it so low? Way to insult your customers.
#17 Posted by firefox59 (4363 posts) -

You guys are funny flipping out over this. They could have given no discount. If it doesn't affect you much then why the hell complain about it. Sony doesn't give any discount so who cares. It just seems to me like Microsoft wasted time putting this together, that's all.

#18 Posted by wwervin (10257 posts) -
I'm a little intrigued what these "birthday gifts" are but knowing MS it'll probably be something stupid avatar related. 2% is laughable.. I don't even buy that much DLC on the marketplace. I usually try and get add ons for games in the GH versions or whatever so I don't have to spend money. Would I be rewarded for that? Nope! 2% of very little is very VERY little. I don't think it'll do anything for me. They should've done it like PSN+ and given out free games and points every so often. That would've been worth it. 1-2% discounts are hard to take seriously.
#19 Posted by Megaflush24 (173 posts) -
Given that this was not available previously... I will gladly accept this offer for no additional cost. Don't see why people are complaining really. I like this essentially free incentive. I stress the word free meaning I'm not paying extra for this.
#20 Posted by wwervin (10257 posts) -
^ People are complaining because Microsoft is being cheap as hell and passing it on as if it's some big incentive to get into Xbox Live. At least PSN+ (the paid online service) offers free games and other stuff every so often. If Microsoft was gonna "reward" us for our continued use of their services they could at the very least offer us a real reward. Maybe points or a free game or something every month? This isn't even a reward. They're just giving back 1% (or 2 if you've spent a lot of time playing their games) of the points you SPEND each month. So it takes you buying something for them to even think about you. Why shouldn't we complain about it?
#21 Posted by Vari3ty (11111 posts) -

You guys are funny flipping out over this. They could have given no discount. If it doesn't affect you much then why the hell complain about it. Sony doesn't give any discount so who cares. It just seems to me like Microsoft wasted time putting this together, that's all.

firefox59

Considering Sony offers free multiplayer and PSN+ (which for the same cost as Live gives you access to free games every month), this deal is absolute s***.

#22 Posted by firefox59 (4363 posts) -

[QUOTE="firefox59"]

You guys are funny flipping out over this. They could have given no discount. If it doesn't affect you much then why the hell complain about it. Sony doesn't give any discount so who cares. It just seems to me like Microsoft wasted time putting this together, that's all.

Vari3ty

Considering Sony offers free multiplayer and PSN+ (which for the same cost as Live gives you access to free games every month), this deal is absolute s***.

I don't want to here crap about PSN. Not being able to talk to your friends unless your playing the same game is ridiculous and automatically voids PSN from being better than XBL.
#23 Posted by mariokart64fan (19379 posts) -

club nintendo is way better then this , 2 classic games or downloads to choose from , or other various items from points you get when buying nintendo and now some third party games, on 3ds ds wii and soon wii u ,

psn plus may be better then this deal as well so no thanks you watch that gift be a avatar thing of some sort im not looking forward to any of this ,

give me games for those points or just quit trying

#24 Posted by ch2423 (1949 posts) -
Forget the 2% cash back bonus crap, the real deal is the $.25 birthday gift. They pulled out all the stops and spent a whole quarter on us!
#25 Posted by IndependenceYou (57 posts) -
Thats ingenious.
#26 Posted by IndependenceYou (57 posts) -

[QUOTE="EvilSelf"]

One thing that ticked me off is they waited until almost the end of the current generation to unveil such a deal. Obviously they are trying to maximize profits before this gen goes away.

balfe1990

I'd hardly class this as a "deal". MS never come out with anything that rivals PSN+ or any similar service that offers excellent value for money. Never.

A 2% rebate is so laughable, most people won't even sign up to it. They'll hear, "Achievements earn discounts", think "Wow", then hear "2%" and forget it ever existed, because it's not exciting and the number could literally barely get any smaller.

If they said anyone with 50K GS or over would be entitled to a 10%, then people would actually sit up and listen. They'd be actively buying games to improve their gamerscore to be able to access the discount. Everybody wins.

Next gen, instead of blocking used games or whatever, Microsoft should include a one time use code with every new copy of a game that "unlocks" the ability to unlock achievements. Much like the fundamental idea above, 10,000GS (equal to 8 or 9 FULL, NEW retail titles) would net you a 5% discount on all XBL purchases. That continues all the way up to 100,000(or something) which would earn you a 25% discount). People buy more new games, less on used games and spend more on the marketplace.

If they implemented a system like that, I'd be hard pressed to point out the loser in that scenario.

#27 Posted by balfe1990 (6747 posts) -

Forget the 2% cash back bonus crap, the real deal is the $.25 birthday gift. They pulled out all the stops and spent a whole quarter on us!ch2423

You get 20MSP as your bday "gift". #anotherslaptotheface

#28 Posted by thetravman (3515 posts) -

Spend $100, you get $2 back. Yay...

#29 Posted by Hsk_Dark_Link (55 posts) -

Lmao 2% rebate! Thanks Microsoft! You're a billion dollar company, thanks for refunding me 30 cents on my next map expansion pack for Halo 4/Gears of War 3...

#30 Posted by rigzzsy (349 posts) -

pfff

#31 Posted by ZamboniGamer (519 posts) -

[QUOTE="Vari3ty"]

[QUOTE="firefox59"]

You guys are funny flipping out over this. They could have given no discount. If it doesn't affect you much then why the hell complain about it. Sony doesn't give any discount so who cares. It just seems to me like Microsoft wasted time putting this together, that's all.

firefox59

Considering Sony offers free multiplayer and PSN+ (which for the same cost as Live gives you access to free games every month), this deal is absolute s***.

I don't want to here crap about PSN. Not being able to talk to your friends unless your playing the same game is ridiculous and automatically voids PSN from being better than XBL.

I would trade party chat for free "full" games in a heart beat! Say what you want, PSN+ is a better deal than Live.