'Beta Programs Give Us A Chance To Fix Issues Like This'
Microsoft has officially confirmed that the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update beta makes games significantly more expensive in the UK... but the whole thing is apparently just an accident that will be corrected before August.
Beta participants who found themselves paying over the odds will have the difference between the current and final prices reimbursed. More below.
“We are aware that select regions experienced some incorrect game title pricing in the Xbox Live beta," reads a statement Microsoft issued to pretty much everyone on the internet. "This was an unintended error that we are in the process of fixing. We'll be reimbursing impacted beta participants for the difference in what was paid and what the price will be after the update is available to all members.
"More information about the Microsoft Account transition to local currency can be found here.
"Of note, beta programs give us a chance to test, fix and correct issues like this. As with all betas, we take the learnings from our program and make corrections and adjustments prior to the update being available to all members. As always, we appreciate the participation of our beta customers in helping us launch and build great products.”
We reckoned that this could well be the case in the initial story, but this is still a relief. See what happens when you communicate properly, Microsoft?
It's worth noting, however, that prices for games and content could still technically rise if Microsoft matches PSN - as an example, Tina Tina's Assault On Dragon Keep retailed at 800 MSP (£6.80) vs £7.99. More as we hear it.
The plan will be to convert Microsoft Points into £££s when the update rolls out in August, the balance of which will expire after 12 months.