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Another Currency Bites the Dust ... XBox Live Switches to Real Money

Microsoft is moving to local currency and ditching the Point system.

Microsoft has announced that during the next Xbox 360 update it will make a change over from Microsoft Points to local currency.  No more will you have to calculate the difference between Microsoft Points and what a download actually costs. Consumers will also be able to make purchases via credit cards after the new update.

Thinking of You

The company inferred that this change was a result of fan input and is geared at making things easier for the consumers since many  found the Microsoft Point system to be cumbersome and confusing.

No More Point Cards!

Near the end of this year, Xbox will replace Point Cards with Xbox Gift Cards, though the existing Point Cards will still be redeemable. After the update, when Microsoft Points are redeemed they will be converted to your local currency and displayed at an equal or greater amount.

Microsoft vs. Sony

This seems to be a good call by Microsoft by making their system more user-friendly, but could it be a last stand effort to compete with Sony as the new consoles will be making their debut in a few months? What do you think?

Published Aug. 14th 2013
  • LoboBeluga
    I agree, this needed to occur a long time ago.
  • Steve Lawton
    Columnist
    Very strange it's coming so close to the end of the 360. I could see it for Xbox One but they're listening to fans and changed it? We've hated Microsoft Points for years and now they're making the switch?

    Don't get me wrong I love the switch but I see this as an obvious Damage Control move to make Xbox One look better.
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    I know it is a strange time to introduce something this big near the end of the Xbox 360's life. At least it carries over to the Xbox One.
  • MyNameIsProjekt
    Columnist
    I think this was a great decision by Microsoft. I always hated having to buy Microsoft Points when I wanted to buy something off my Xbox 360. This system will make things simpler and for that I salute Microsoft...now if they could just consider lowing the price tag on the Xbox One. :P
  • Critley Lynn King
    Contributor
    I totally agree. I'm hoping the Xbox will drop in price. Especially since two new consoles are coming out this year.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Love this news. I've always hated the idea of the Point system anyhow. In-GAME currency conversions, okay, I'll accept, but just keep it simple if you're the console itself in my opinion.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    This...this is excellent news! This is what I have been wanting for a LONG time.

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