Microsoft gets rid of MS Points in suspiciously consumer friendly move.
By Liam Gilroy 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