Xbox Live Rewards Program Launching Today

BOOM widget 363272 To show how much it appreciates your custom and cares for you on a personal level, Microsoft is launching a rewards program for the Xbox 360 offering the second-best thing to hugs--free Microsoft Points. Unless you live outside the USA or UK, that is, in which case Microsoft doesn't care for you just yet.

As the table above shows, the program will reward Xbox Live members for tasks such as renewing a Live Gold subscription--200 MS Points ($2.50) for a 12-month sub--taking a "quick" monthly survey--20 Points ($0.25)--or purchasing "select" Marketplace content.

The program is due to launch later today, though you can sign up now. It's free and something's better than nothing, so huzzah. Xbox Live director of programming Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb notes that the program is "currently" available only in the US and UK, raising hopes that it may launch elsewhere later.