Microsoft finally doing away with MS Points in favour of local currency

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By on August 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

When Microsoft Points were first announced, many people were upset. Such a transparent method of obfuscating the actual price of Xbox content was a big, condescending and insulting slap in the face to consumers – and people wouldn’t put up with it. it turns out however, that Microsoft just needed six years of people telling them they don’t like the points system before they could do anything about it. At E3 this year, Microsoft announced they would finally be doing away with the MS Points system and as of the next Xbox 360 dashboard update, those changes will finally be in effect.

As described in the official press release, the next time you add or use funds from your Xbox Live account following the dashboard update, your total will be converted to an amount equal to or greater than the value of your MS Points. Your points will be retired and your new funds will then be available to use on the Xbox and Windows Phone Marketplaces.

Naturally Microsoft have plans to introduce new gift cards with dollar amounts towards the end of this year, but until that occurs any gift cards you purchase in MS Points will still function as usual, with the MS Point balance being converted into normal currency. What this means for Australian Xbox Live prices is yet to be seen, but I wouldn’t put money on it benefiting us greatly.

Source: Xbox Wire

6 comments (Leave your own)

Now for bioware to do it.

Nasty Wet Smear


lol yeah…that’ll really change things. US price = $49, Aussie price = $99. Blatant rort.

This is why most of us do our best to circumvent this by buying from the US using VPNs and whatever, whenever we can. Stuff you MS.


Next will be every country using Australian currency!! Pain in the butt doing the conversions.

I often get parents asking about MS points and saying “can I get $70 worth?”.
Then I have to work out the closest amount of points I can get them to take all their money =-)


I must be the only one here who preferred MSP. The way it is now, I can just spend $100 at a time whenever I need to reload my points balance. You can’t do that with real currency.

Also, a switch to real currency is only going to open the door to even more price gouging for Aussies when it comes to DLC. Seen the Games On Demand prices? Aussies are going to see more of that.

At least with MSP you could trust that if something was advertised at 800 MSP, it would be 800 MSP across the board.


PalZer0: At least with MSP you could trust that if something was advertised at 800 MSP, it would be 800 MSP across the board.

But australians already paid more for MSP, so the gouging was built into the system?

You’re always going to get gouged, at least this way you only have to spend what you want to spend.

I can’t stand the system of “Oh, I want this, but it’s 1200 MSP… so I have to buy 1500″. Goddamn.

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