Microsoft Plans To Kill Xbox Live Points System, Introduces Real Currency [Updates]

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Xbox 360 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?

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Source: The Verge

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Chris Hoffman

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!


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

Yannis Vatis

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


Tim Brookes

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.


Scott M

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.


Aaron C

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


Joseph Villalobos

It’s about time.


Leonardo Sanchez

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


Taylor Ringo

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.

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