800 MSP (£6.80) Games Become £8.99
The next Xbox 360 dashboard update will phase out Microsoft Points in favour of hard currency in August, but by the looks of things, this will technically make downloadable games more expensive in the process. Yet points are ostensibly being converted back into cash at the original rate... potentially leaving you out of pocket.
The dash update is currently in open beta, though governed by a strict non disclosure agreement as part of the EULA (trust me). However, Eurogamer has heard from a tipster involved in the beta who has blown the whistle on price hikes across the board. 800 Microsoft Points usually equate to £6.80 at RRP - and cheaper in sales - but that's not how the new prices are calculated.
- 1600MSP games are now £14.99; previously this was the equivalent of £13.60
- 1200 MSP games are now £11.99, previously £10.20
- 800 MSP games are now £8.99, an even bigger increase - previously this was £6.80
- 400 MSP games are now £4.49, previously £3.20
Despite this price hike, Microsoft Points are reportedly converted back into Sterling at the old rate. If you only have 800 Microsoft Points, for example, you won't have enough to buy a game that used to cost 800. I can not officially confirm or deny whether this is true, but strongly urge that you hold off on the beta if you have any points remaining.
Microsoft has yet to officially announce the new prices, and it's worth noting that they could change as part of the beta process, but we'll personally be sad to see Microsoft Points go. Sure, it's annoying to have leftover points in the bottom of your wallet, but the savings (usually XBLA titles cost £6.80 compared to £7.99 on PC and PSN, even without buying point cards in a sale) vastly outweighed the negatives. More as this story develops.