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Microsoft: Real Money Prices On XBL "A Glitch"

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Matt Gardner
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Microsoft, Microsoft Points, Virtual currency, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

Microsoft: Real Money Prices On XBL "A Glitch"

Eagle-eyed spotters witnessed a little change to Xbox LIVE last night, with prices for Avatar items suddenly showing up in real currency rather than in the usual Microsoft Points (check out the screenshots over at Save And Quit). However, Microsoft have stressed that this was merely a glitch, not an indication that they'd be abandoning Microsoft Points any time soon.

"Yesterday, a few avatar items appeared with an option to purchase with local currency, instead of Microsoft Points," Microsoft admitted to GamesIndustry.biz.

"This display error doesn't signal a change in payment options, but rather an error in how the offers were configured in our services which resulted in an inconsistent experience. It is in the process of being resolved."

It had been rumoured that MS might phase out their divisive Points system by the end of the year, but the official word for the time being appears to be to the contrary.

We've already suggested that we kind of love the little virtual exchange and would be sad to see it disappear, but what are your views? Should MS keep the Points system, or would you like to see them kicked to the curb?

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gunnx  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:00

It doesnt affect me but I personally prefer to see the real cost in local currency. That's how the rest of the world works and I can't see a reason for not doing it except to hide the cost.

Shadowmancer88  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:42

I still to this day refuse to shop on Xbox Live simply because of the points system, I use the PSN or Steam instead as I can see real money prices and not inflated estimates.

Quietus  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:46

I don't mind which way they slice it, but only hope that our prices are balanced. I frequently see things priced in dollars that are directly changed into pounds, rather than an accurate exchange rate. $5 does not equal £5, people.

In saying that, there is never really a point to the points, since it's just an unnecessary extra step between you and your purchase.

Tsung  Aug. 9, 2012 at 12:55

The point of points is you nearly always have to buy more points than you need. This leads to you spending more and usually end up with an odd number of points which you have to "top up" to make another purchase. For Instance, My Xbox account has 700points on it, not enough for an 800points game. I can't buy just 100 points, I'd have to buy the smallest card which would still leave me with some balance. :(

Korma  Aug. 9, 2012 at 18:08

Real currency is very complicated when dealing with so many items on the marketplace and so many countries with Xbox Live and the constant fluctuation of currencies.

If a game comes out at £4.99 and the pound gets stronger from $1.5 to $1.8 do you think the price of it will go down on the marketplace in the UK? No. It's actually better for us to have the MS Point system.

Quietus is right too that they seem to equate $4.99 with £4.99 anyway. With MS Points you can at least make points purchasing to take advantage of offers/discounts stores offer and get a better rate than £17.99/2100 points. If it was all real money you'd never get any discounts like £14.79/2100 or old Branded MS Points cards stores reduce to shift etc.

Tsung, having points left over is better than having your credit card left on file with them, as you'd end up doing, unless you wanted to go through every transaction individually.

Think about the next time some FIFA exploit happens where 8 year olds are so desperate to try and get Wayne Rooney on their virtual team they find ways to access thousands of accounts and wipe out their credit cards instead of just whatever MS Points they had.

gunnx  Aug. 9, 2012 at 18:21

Real currency is very complicated when dealing with so many items on the marketplace and so many countries with Xbox Live and the constant fluctuation of currencies.

If a game comes out at £4.99 and the pound gets stronger from $1.5 to $1.8 do you think the price of it will go down on the marketplace in the UK? No. It's actually better for us to have the MS Point system.

Quietus is right too that they seem to equate $4.99 with £4.99 anyway. With MS Points you can at least make points purchasing to take advantage of offers/discounts stores offer and get a better rate than £17.99/2100 points. If it was all real money you'd never get any discounts like £14.79/2100 or old Branded MS Points cards stores reduce to shift etc.

Tsung, having points left over is better than having your credit card left on file with them, as you'd end up doing, unless you wanted to go through every transaction individually.

Think about the next time some FIFA exploit happens where 8 year olds are so desperate to try and get Wayne Rooney on their virtual team they find ways to access thousands of accounts and wipe out their credit cards instead of just whatever MS Points they had.


But shop prices dont change with the currency, there is a set RRP and retailers can decide to reduce as needed and if a currency weakened you wouldn't expect the price to go up either. PSN does have sales and the price is lowered. Plus you can never compare $ to £ in a straight currency conversion its about more than that its not exclusive to games it affects all products.
If you are worried about having your credit card on file then you could just buy vouchers, and they are often on sale so you actually get more money for your money.

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