Microsoft appears to have stopped its monthly Xbox Rewards punch card

It seems that Microsoft has stopped running the Xbox Monthly Bonus Round Microsoft Rewards punch card, as September's card has failed to appear.

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purple101254d ago

It seems they want to know their 'real' subscriber count for themselves.

After stopping the $1 upgrade conversion
Upping the price
And finally stopping the rewards points... They will know their true remaining subscriber count that actually wants to pay. Then they will see if it's viable in true terms.

Lightning77254d ago

Bro you y'all really need to stick to the games and ecosystem that you love so much and stop crying and whining over every little thing Xbox does.

PSN+ cost more now. Wtf are we gonna do about that? What it is crying about Xbox every 2 seconds gonna do about that? They can raise the price again and yall wouldn't even notice or even care at this point.

RupeeHoarder253d ago

Bro you need to stop defending the worst console business in the game. Don’t you have some rocks to inspect on an empty planet? Or you can go beat hi-fi rush for the 27th time…it only takes on sitting. Another tough year.

PhillyDonJawn253d ago

Facts, MS tried raising the price of Gold and Xbox gamers shut it down immediately. Sony raised the price of + and PS gamers crying about Xbox and starfield. Their priorities are messed up.

InUrFoxHole252d ago

Dude you are 💯 not even a big article on n4g about it but the hate SF is getting, is hilarious. They just take it and smile. No fight in em... same crowed that swore they would never pay for online... Bunch of bums

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ChasterMies253d ago

Like duh. Those were promotions to get you okay Xbox. But now that you’ll play for Starfield and other upcoming exclusives (that I’ll believe when I see them), they don’t need promotional prices and discounts.

KILLnFOOLz252d ago

People obviously have never used the punch card before. While there were a few free challenges for a measly 5-10 points the ones worth the most points rewarded you for buying certain items in the Microsoft store. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Microsoft didn’t see the value of keeping it up if everyone saw through the scam.

jznrpg250d ago (Edited 250d ago )

I’m sure a New scam is in the works


2K Games’ big Summer Game Fest announcement needs to be Mafia 4

2K Games will take the stage at Summer Game Fest, and it is about time we got some good news about the state of Mafia 4's development.

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purple10119h ago

Didn’t a leak about a max Payne remake surface a while ago?

banger8818h ago

I hope it's Mafia 4. And I really hope it's set during the 70s or 80s, and not a prequel of the first game as was rumoured.

PrecursorOrb3h ago

Hoping for a Vegas mafia over here

TheColbertinator2h ago

Mafia 4 would be cool if set in a 70s to 80s era


10 Rarest PS1 Games You Should Probably Not Buy

There are plenty of super rare PS1 games that are worth playing, but at some of the prices quoted here? Ask your accountant.

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Chevalier5h ago

My friend has Tron Bonne and I got the Persona game


Call Of Duty On Game Pass Is A Big Risk Big Reward Gamble

Discover the impact of Microsoft's decision to include Call Of Duty in Game Pass. Explore the pros and cons and speculate about future changes.

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Elda21h ago

Most folks that have a Gamepass subscription will not spend the $70, they will use Gamepass instead to play COD. MS will most likely make their money from some solely PC players & some solely PS5 owners. Even some PC players may opt to use Gamepass instead of spending $70. I would think MS would want to make every dime they could from retail sales. As long as they put new releases of COD day one on Gamepass, MS will lose out on some sales of COD.

porkChop19h ago

COD makes truck loads of money on microtransactions. That's likely the play. Get more people in the door through Game Pass and sell more microtransactions. Have a steady stream of events to keep people interested so they keep their sub, and then just the sub alone would double the revenue from that player each year.

Elda16h ago(Edited 16h ago)

Buying the game at $70 a pop including the deluxe versions is much better than people subs for a dollar to $15 a month. Die hard fans that usually buy the game also buy into the transactions. Again putting any new COD day one on Gamepass is definitely a sure loss of making some retail money for every copy of COD. With the last iteration of COD being bad most likely people are going to sub to Gamepass to play COD basically saving themselves $70, that is a loss of retail sales.

Kakashi Hatake19h ago(Edited 19h ago)

Most that don't have Gamepass will just buy the game and he done with it. People that do will just result in a retail sale being lost. Some will buy the subscription for the month then be done. This is lose lose. Casuals aren't going to pay almost 300 dollars a year for COD.

ApocalypseShadow16h ago

The reality is that Microsoft already knows the answer as stated by them in their documents. PlayStation gamers have built up an ecosystem of games and they aren't migrating over and dropping what they have to buy an Xbox to play one game in a service you have to pay monthly for. Cheaper to just buy the game. And, I'd bet many casual COD players don't know or care about the acquisition.

Which is why Jim Ryan pushed to make sure that that one game continues to be sold as usual on Sony's platform to keep the status quo. Every other IP owned by Activision are worthless. And Activision has shown they don't care about other IP like Tony Hawk by cancelling them.

Sales WILL be lost on Xbox. That's for certain. Microsoft can only hope that Xbox gamers continue to buy up those micro transactions to make up for those lost sales. Only positive for Microsoft is that they get to dip into PlayStation game sales that we all know from history and NPD, that Sony's console sells more games. But increase subs from Sony fans for game pass? Not happening in any way that matters.

Sony, on the other hand, can have their cake and eat it too. They get COD and they can continue dropping more content for their fastest selling GaaS game which is Hell Divers 2. As the game passes 12 million sales and doesn't beat you over the head with micro transactions, Sony has a win win situation and can support the game getting more content to keep players engaged.

As a side note, COD is probably going to turn into some version of Sea of Fortnite Duty. Games as a service sitting in game pass being milked dry with micro transactions and constant updates making you feel you're playing an unfinished game that keeps going and going with no soul.

Tedakin16h ago

I'm not sure why everyone is acting like COD is a surprise. That was always the plan. They said in court during the FTC case they were doing this. They have said repeatedly and recently all first party games are going to Gamepass.

badboyz098h ago

gamepass like PS Plus are rental services. Games like COD you buy not rent. So in my case unless I plan on keeping gamepass for 2yrs minimum than the benefit of adding cod is pointless.