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How to get Xbox Game Pass for free

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Over the last 12 months, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass has grown to become one of the integral pieces of the Xbox experience. The service gives subscribers access to exclusive games, perks and has become the home to “Triple A” launch day releases such as “Outriders” and the Sony-developed “MLB the Show 21” (which comes out later this month). For many, the barrier to entry is the monthly service fee, which is either $9.99 for Xbox Game Pass for Consoles or $14.99 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (includes Xbox Live, Game Pass for PC, Game Pass for Android mobile and EA Play).

You can choose to reduce subscription costs by waiting for retailers to offer deals on prepaid vouchers, or you can earn your way at no cost by participating in the Microsoft Rewards program. As of writing this piece, 12,000 reward points (at the tier 2 rewards level) grants you access to 30 days of Game Pass Ultimate.

Once enrolled in the Microsoft Rewards program, you can earn points by using Bing search, purchasing content in the Microsoft store or by completing daily quizzes and Xbox-related challenges. One can earn enough points within 30 days to continuously stay subscribed to Game Pass at no cost. Let’s break down how this can be done.

Off the bat, you can earn 162 daily points through Bing searches – 60 points when searching on mobile, 90 points for desktop searches and 12 additional points by using Microsoft’s Edge browser. You can then gain extra points (between 30 to 70 points daily) by heading to the “Earn” section in your MS profile and completing various challenges. Within less than 5 minutes, you can easily get approximately 232 daily points (which amounts to around 6,960 points per month).

You can also get rewarded for completing daily, weekly and monthly Game Pass Quests. The first 10 of those points can be earned daily (5 points for accessing the Game Pass mobile app, and another 5 points for playing a Game Pass title). For the weekly quests, which are worth between 10 and 50 points each, you obtain points by launching a specific game, completing a task within a chosen title, earning an achievement, etc. These weekly quests can net you around 200 points per week. Things get a little more interesting with the monthly offerings, as one of those quests can nab you 1,000 points (you’ll unlock the reward by completing 45 daily quests and 15 weekly quests). Generally, a total of 11 monthly quests are available with incentive totals stemming from 10 to 200 points each (excluding that 1,000-point completionist reward).

Points can also be earned using an Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S console through its dedicated rewards app. Like the Game Pass Quests, the rewards app also provides daily, weekly and monthly opportunities to earn points. Achievement hunters can earn 50 points a day by simply triggering an Xbox achievement. Once every several months or so, the app offers gamers the ability to earn a reward point for each 1 achievement point unlocked which is capped at a certain number of points (generally 10,000 points).

And finally, you can also earn 20 points for every dollar spent in the Microsoft store (200 points for every $10 spent).

If you’ve been hesitant to join Game Pass Ultimate due to the cost, start by grabbing 3 months for $1, then continue to earn additional months through the MS Rewards program. In the end, a little time and dedication can give you access to what many have called “the best deal in gaming” at little to no cost.

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