The Xbox 360 is 5 years old. Can you believe it? It only seems like yesterday that we were firing up Quake 4 and blasting Stroggs left, right and centre.

Actually it was yesterday - we bought a copy off eBay for £3.50. A bargain, we're sure you'll agree.

But anyway, that's irrelevant. What is important is the news that Microsoft has officially launched its Xbox LIVE Rewards platform to celebrate the anniversary.

The Rewards programme offers Xboxers the chance to earn Microsoft Points simply by doing things on Xbox LIVE that they would have probably have done anyway.

For example, renewing your Xbox LIVE membership earns you points, buying something on the Xbox Marketplace earns you points and using Sky Player also earns you points. You can see a full list at

The Xbox LIVE Rewards service is free, you simply need to register to start earning points.

More than 45 million Xbox 360s have been sold since the 2005 launch and the console has been the number one console in Europe and the US for the past 5 months.

And, with Microsoft already shifting more than 2.5 million Kinect units, who's to say that it still won't be as popular in another 5 years time?