Microsoft Points To Be Discontinued

Microsoft plan to phase out their Microsoft Points system by the end of the year. Or at least that’s what Inside Mobile Apps is reporting, having spoken to a source “with knowledge of the company’s decision.”

By the end of the year any transactions made will be based on the region that you’re set to and will use real money.

Unsurprisingly Microsoft declined to comment, so it’s just a rumour for now. That said it seems feasible to me.  Most other similar marketplaces use real money and I don’t think I’m alone in my dislike of Microsoft Points and the fact that you have to buy them in bulk, rather than being able to purchase the amount that you actually want.

On the other hand a lot of places sell points cards really cheap so if this goes ahead it might actually bring costs up. Then there’s the question of how they’ll deal with exchange rates for different countries. It’s also unclear what will happen to any existing points in our accounts when they make the switch.

So for now there’s a lot of questions, but in theory what do you think of the idea? Sound off in the comments and let us know.


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  • Derek Kupper

    This seems like a very reasonable fix to the current hacking issues.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this isn’t true. I refuse to use my credit card to purchase things on XBL and relied heavily on these Microsoft Point Cards. Without them, looks like I won’t be purchasing anything off XBL anymore.

    • Anonymous

      Its possible they will just dump MS Points and move to standardized dollar values, but it dosent necessarily mean there wont be any prepaid cards. Look at iTunes and PSN Store, which both use dollar values but still have cards you can buy.