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Microsoft to drop Points system, report says

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 15 May 2013 17:12

Microsoft to drop Points system, report says A report suggests that Microsoft is planning to phase out its Microsoft Points system, used to purchase content across several of its services.
The Verge is citing sources close to Microsoft in reporting that the Redmond giant will get rid of the Points system and allow customers to purchase content using real-world currency transactions (credit card, debit card etc.) and also will adopt an iTunes-like gift card.

The Points system has been in place as a means to sell content through Xbox LIVE, where 400 Microsoft Points can be purchased for $5. The system has been criticised often in the past for multiple reasons, but primarily because it can be a hassle for users who often would find themselves needing to buy more Points than necessary in order to make a transaction.

Reports last year suggested Microsoft would have made the change by the end of 2012, which will also apply to the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. Microsoft is likely to announce the change at E3 next month.

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