Microsoft Phasing Out Points for Next Generation
Posted by Ken Barnes
Bye bye, MSP.
Microsoft has confirmed that they'll be doing away with their virtual currency - Microsoft Points - when it comes to digital purchases in the next generation.
Back in October, the company's Windows 8 operating system began reverting to using the user's local currency for video and game purchases, rather than the Microsoft Points system that we all know and...well...sort of get along with. The intrepid team at CVG reached out for confirmation this week to find out if this was a permanent switch, and it appears that it is. Microsoft have confirmed that the Xbox 360 will continue to use MSP for the rest of its natural born life, and that by the time the next-generation machine hits the shelves, points cards based in MSP will be a thing of the past. Instead, you'll soon be able to pick up Microsoft-branded gift cards that are valued in real-world currency.
Given that the exchange rate for MSP has barely moved since the system was first launched and games are - on XBLA anyway - still being released at a similar price point to what they were when the service was first launched, this will be a good thing for developers in terms of revenue, you'd imagine. For gamers, well, they could find that instead of the standard 800MSP or 1200MSP releases, they end up with titles that are priced in the middle, rather than being pushed up to the top tier. So, it could work out for them, too.
It does also mean that the idiots out there claiming to have software that can generate Microsoft Points codes will be less able to scam the less-than-knowledgable folks that go in search of such things - so that's a bonus for everyone.