E3 2013: Microsoft Drops Microsoft Points in Favor of Real Money

Monday, June 10th, 2013

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Xbox Live Microsoft Points

Microsoft announced today at E3 that they’re going to scrap their Microsoft Points system in Xbox Live in favor of a real money system. Under the current currency system, Xbox Live users must buy points to spend on games and other digital items. Under the new system, players will spend real money to buy games, completely forgoing points.

Microsoft will launch the real money system alongside the Xbox One. Although it’s set to completely replace the points system for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360, they have not yet explained what will happen to Xbox Live users’ existing points after the change.

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  • smacd

    I’m sure a lot of people will be happy. Personally I don’t care as I’ve never been too annoyed by MSP. I mean, I know the conversion rate and can do simple math. But still, simple real currency values will at least have people stop complaining about space-bucks (and get them complaining about the actual price instead).

  • Thanks, assholes. I LIKED the points cards. I didn’t have to pay outrageous credit card fees. I could just buy a damn card when I wanted to buy something. It was a good system. Good for families, too, since you could buy things for kids, or even let them buy things themselves, and they couldn’t then overdraw your card. Stupid, stupid, STUPID move, Microsoft!

    • Alex Sanyer

      This doesn’t mean that Microsoft will be getting rid of cards. They’re just joining in on the standard that PSN, Nintendo eShop, and the Steam Store have set with using real money amounts… which means that there will now instead be cards that list real money amounts.