Report: Microsoft to Kill off MS Points System

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft may kill off its point system used on its Xbox Live Marketplace. Citing sources "familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans," The Verge says that Microsoft will replace the MS Points system with a gift card system for retail and will support straight transactions of money using credit and debit cards. The gift cards will be similar to what Apple offers for iTunes – in other words they will have a real cash value.

This new real-world currency system will work across all of Microsoft's various marketplaces, including the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, and Xbox Live Marketplace. The Verge says that Microsoft is planning to unveil the system as soon as E3, with a launch later this year for the next-generation Xbox console.

Microsoft is set to hold a press event to reveal some details on its next-generation console next week.

Source: The Verge


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    Elle says:

    There's possibly a wider story going on behind this, if only because of the timing. The US Treasury department has released new guidelines on "virtual currencies", presumably spurred by Bitcoin but being cast wide enough to affect other services that translate between RL currency and a virtual one. Although my understanding is that Microsoft (and Facebook, which also announced they were dropping their Facebook points for real money transactions) should be exempt, they may be erring on the side of caution.

    Almost definitely not exempt would be Second Life's $L, which like Bitcoin and unlike MS points are convert able both ways, to virtual currency and back. Last week, Linden Lab announced a change to their TOS that after nine years of actively permitting it, will shutter third-party $L trading businesses. Linden isn't saying that the new rules are responsible, but bloggers with legal credentials are saying they probably are.


    In addition, this DHS-enforced closure/seizure of some Bitcoin exchange points may be having a chilling effect:

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    Narcosleepy says:

    The people that complain about the point system are those that don't know how to take advantage of it.  I buy points at a discount, in essence, paying $15 for $20.  It's free money, people.  Personally, I hope this is only a rumor.

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    Imautobot says:

    The point system always reminded me of the tokens you'd get at an arcade.  If you ever had any left over, they were worthless and non-transferrable.  I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

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