Report: Xbox 360 Dashboard Beta Raises Game Prices

Update: Microsoft tells Kotaku that UK dashboard beta testers will receive refunds for any money lost related to the exchange of MS Points into real cash. Microsoft calls the pricing changes an "error."

Original Story: Citing this NeoGAF thread, CVG is reporting that the latest beta for the Xbox 360 dashboard makes some questionable changes to how much games costs. The new dashboard promises to change the currency used on the Xbox Live Marketplace from a points system to real-world currency, but according to a number of anonymous beta testers (who have to remain so because they signed a non-disclosure agreement) in Europe, games that used to cost 800 MS Points now costs 32 percent more.

This Reddit thread is offering similar anecdotal evidence that backs up what is being revealed on NeoGAF.

Both Eurogamer and IGN are getting similar accounts from beta testers, though some anonymous beta testers in Australia have claimed that the prices of games has dropped by $1.

Below is a chart from the NeoGAF thread:
•400 points (£3.40 / €4.80) games are now £4.49 / €4.99
•800 points (£6.80 / €9.60) games are now £8.99 / €9.99
•1200 points (£10.40 / €14.40) games are now £11.99 / €14.99
•1600 points (£13.60 / €19.20) games are now at £14.99 / €19.99

We are not sure if these changes will affect the prices of games in North America. It should also be noted that this is still a beta, Microsoft could make adjustments prior to the new dashboard's official release. Of course that doesn't change the fact that anyone participating in the beta that has a points balance is likely losing some value in the conversion.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Sources: NeoGAF, CVG, Eurogamer, IGN

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