It's official: Microsoft has killed off Microsoft points by way of a new Xbox 360 dashboard update. The patch went live in the UK over the Bank Holiday weekend, converting Microsoft Points into £££s and changing games pricing accordingly (800MSP=£6.80).
We'll be sad to see them go, despite always having a tiny useless dribble of points at the bottom of our wallets.
In this week's Game Buzz, we chat about Microsoft's constant need to screw things up, this time focusing in on the fiasco over digital pricing and the erroneous Microsoft Points conversions; we come up with an awesome plan for how the Xbox One could be released successfully in Japan as well as its apparent uses as a business device. Elsewhere, we give our thoughts on the new GTA V trailer, and we try to envisage what Miyamoto's new franchise might be, with mixed results.
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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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
Some of the most persistent rumours surrounding Xbox Live have finally been confirmed: the Xbox One Marketplace will phase out Microsoft Points to be replaced by real money. The exact currency will depend on where you live, which will make things easier to budget for, but stop us stocking up on masses of cheap points for ludicrous savings.
I'm sure we won't miss having a random 40 MSP left at the bottom of the barrel, mind. We also learned that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will soon receive two free games per month, though the starting selection isn't all that inspiring...
With any luck, Microsoft will replace their points system with actual money next generation. For now though we're stuck with them, so you might want to pick up one of these downloads that will save you a couple of quid over buying directly from Microsoft. It's always handy to have some credit available in your account for those essential download game purchases or the latest bit of DLC.
Thanks to HudsonWY at HotUkDeals.
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.Click here to read more...
A cheeky tweet from the Xbox LIVE Rewards stream has hinted at something hardcore Xbox 360 gamers will have been eagerly anticipating for some time: an initiative that will allow you to earn Microsoft Points via Achievements.Click here to read more...
Tesco Entertainment's EX-15OFF15-1 voucher code is set to provide a slew of decent deals today, and if you're hankering for some Microsoft Points, this nifty little deal will save you a couple of points on the 2100 points card. As for what you should buy, we'd recommend that Sine Mora and I Am Alive would probably be a good start - possibly augmented by Shooting Many Robots.
UPDATE: If you're looking for more points, you can get a slightly larger saving by buying the 4200 Points card using the same voucher code (thanks to danhufc at HUKD).
Microsoft has announced a new promotion for Xbox Live Rewards members. The Triple Play Scheme offers 300 free Microsoft Points to players who take part in three out of a selection of different objectives, which include playing online and/or using an entertainment app for ten hours, logging into Facebook via the Xbox 360 app for one hour, or spending points on software. You'll have to choose one activity from each of the three categories: Gaming, Entertainment and Social.
You'll also have to sign up to Xbox Live Rewards to participate - and getting your free points will be easy if you already frequently use the service. Just watch some BBC iPlayer, buy an Xbox Live Arcade game (Sine Mora is a fine choice) and log into Facebook for a while, and bob's your uncle. We've got the details below.Click here for the list of objectives >>
Any time the price for 2100 Microsoft Points dips below the £15 mark, you know you're getting a good deal. Considering that Microsoft themselves charge £17.99 for just 2k, it's time to get hoarding. What are you waiting for? Nice spot, mmbeak.
A bit of a special Why We Love today, in which we take a peek at the recent rumour surrounding Microsoft's alleged abandoning of the Points scheme in favour of "real" currency, and what such a move could entail.
Rumours have been flying around over the past week or two suggesting that Microsoft Points - the currency currently used to purchase or rent content across Xbox LIVE, Zune Marketplace and Windows Phone 7 - will soon be canned in favour of actual "real" money. For many this will be a joyous relief, and event worthy of celebration as an outdated and potentially confusing model is jettisoned in favour of a simple marketplace that everyone can understand.
Crucially, it will bring Microsoft more in line with its competitors on the mobile gaming battlefield, where transactions are very much one-to-one: you always know where you are with your purchases. In an industry where the lines between gamers and non-gamers, hard core and casual, are becoming every more blurry, such transparency is vitally important.Click here to read more...
Remember how we reported that Microsoft were allegedly thinking about getting rid of their Microsoft Points scheme by this year? Well it seems that another source has added to this rumour, suggesting to Eurogamer that consumers will "still be able to use redeemable codes to buy DLC and other products after Microsoft phases out Microsoft Points".Click here to read more...
Well this is interesting. According to a new report, Microsoft appear set to discontinue the use of Microsoft Points when it comes to transactions in the virtual marketplaces in a move that will affect the way consumer purchases operate across Xbox LIVE, Zune and Windows Phone.Click here to read more...
Here's another voucher code deal courtesy of Tesco Entertainment. You can grab a year of Xbox Live Gold subs along with 800 Microsoft points for the bargain price of £31... which will net you an XBLA game as well as 12 months of premium service. Note that it's got FIFA branding.
Remember to use voucher code EXM5OFF25-1, which you'll have to log in to deploy.
As any savvy Xbox 360 owner knows, the reliance on Microsoft Points over real money actually works to your advantage. HMV are currently selling 2100 Microsoft Points for £13.99, which by my calculations, works out at £0.0066 per point. This, in turn, means that an 800 MSP game will cost you £5.32 rather than £6.80 at the normal exchange rate! And an Indie Game will cost you 53p.
So, probably worth doing then.
As any savvy Xbox 360 owner knows, the reliance on Microsoft Points over real money actually works to our advantage. 7DayShop are currently selling 2100 Microsoft Points for £14.49, which by my calculations, works out at £0.0069 per point. This, in turn, means that an 800 MSP game will cost you £5.52 rather than £6.80 at the normal exchange rate!
So, probably worth doing while stocks last.
Thanks to dan394 at Hot UK Deals!
You can now get your hands on Halo Reach, and enough Microsoft Points to grab a map pack, for £24.85, which is just over £5 cheaper than the deal from Sendit that Felix posted almost a month ago. Whilst the story behind Reach isn't anything special, it's crammed full of action! However, the single player's just a distraction from the multiplayer, which is where you'll spend the majority of your time and once you jump into the online world it's hard to pull yourself away. If you've not played Reach yet, then now's your chance.
While it's not quite the cheapest deal for game itself, Send It's offer of Halo Reach + 800 MS Points for just £29.89 is a chunk of generosity we just couldn't resist sharing. All in all, it's a pretty good saving if you purchased each item separately. Not to mention, Reach has just some DLC out, the Noble Map Pack, which just so happens to be 800 MS Points. A coincidence? I think not. Superstitious suspicions aside, this is a great deal for anyone who has yet to sample Bungie's Halo swansong.