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Xbox 360 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their... Read More users, soon you’ll no longer have to struggle with the awkward math that the Microsoft Points system currently offers. Microsoft recently told tech pub The Verge that it will ditch the system in preparation for its new console release.

Instead of forcing users to convert their real-world cash to the imaginary currency, Microsoft will start using gift cards and vouchers not unlike iTune’s own gift card system. Best of all, each card will use actual currency amounts, so if you buy a card for $5.00, it will be worth $5.00 on Xbox Live.

Users will also be able to directly purchase items by using their debit or credit cards. Furthermore, the new system will not be limited to just Xbox Live. Gift cards can also be used across the board at all of Microsoft’s marketplaces like the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store.

The termination of the Microsoft Points system follows the introduction of Windows 8’s cash transactions. The full announcement of the new system is expected to happen at E3 2013, and this will come right in time for the launch of the next-gen Xbox console.

Some say that this move has been a long time coming, and it’s likely to be for the better. As an added note, users won’t have to worry about extra points being left whenever they make purchases.


Do you think that the introduction of a new real currency system is a good decision on Microsoft’s part? Will you find it easier to use?

Source: The Verge

  1. Taylor Ringo
    May 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I'm excited since I'll be able to buy Windows 8 games as well with a Universal account. I just hope my microsoft points will be converted.

  2. Leonardo Sanchez
    May 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Oh sweet! 8 years late, but now we can stop using math and buying avatar items with the left over points!

  3. Joseph Villalobos
    May 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

    It's about time.

  4. Aaron C
    May 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I wonder what'll happen to the points that people have on tied to their accounts after the change?

  5. Scott M
    May 17, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I think its a good idea.Its a cash game and they should stop pretending otherwise and trying to hide the fact with a point system.

  6. Tim Brookes
    May 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I disliked points initially but found after a while found the tiers made sense and got used to the system. Using a currency system will be equally flawed here. The big content providers still shiv just about anyone outside of North America with unfair currency conversions, be it buying points or the actual price per item and that's hardly going to change.

  7. Chris Hoffman
    May 17, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Good news. Points systems are such a scam. Oh, you need 400 points to buy this, you'll have to buy a pack of 500 points -- now you have 100 leftover points that encourage you to keep spending money or it'll be like you wasted them!

    • jlockhart
      May 18, 2013 at 6:25 am

      I've heard that was one reason for the change.

    • Yannis Vatis
      May 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      PSN uses real currency but you have to recharge an online wallet and guess what happens? Leftover change that cannot be returned to your credit card

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