Microsoft Points to be phased out?

MS Points are to be replaced by a real currency system

Inside Mobile App first reported the news, highlighting the changes will not only affect Xbox Live, but also Windows Phone, Zune marketplace and other Microsoft services.

Customers will now complete transactions based upon the region of the purchasing account, with real money being used to purchase new content and services. The planned changes will bring Microsoft’s various marketplaces closer with its competitors and their current systems, such as Apple’s App Store and Sony’s PlayStation Network, both of which use real currency.

Amid the speculation, a Microsoft spokesperson has refused to add flames to the fire, responding with the standard company line: “we do not comment on rumours or speculation.”

It would be interesting to see how the changes to the system would accomodate customers, already possessing a quantity of MS points, and whether a conversion service to the new currency would be offered.

Arguably, it’s a change that would be welcomed by many users, specifically those using Xbox Live.

With points only purchasable in pre-determined quantities, it would provide users with the freedom to only pay for the specific content they want.

This could all be part of Microsoft’s plan to phase in the future for its products, with rumours speculation both Sony and Microsoft will unveil their next generation consoles at E3 2012 in June.

Greg Lockley

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