Microsoft Points Going Away with Next Dashboard Update?
I hate Microsoft Points. I hate having to do the (admittedly simple) math to figure out that 800 Microsoft Points actually costs me $10. It’s annoying, and it’s a way to make items seem less expensive than they actually are. It’s dumb and unnecessary.
So it’s with great joy and hope that I point to a post on the Verge today that reports a possible end to the reprehensible and totally superfluous currency system for Microsoft transactions. Apparently while testing a final build of the forthcoming Windows 8 operating systems, the previewers were able to make purchases for the Xbox with regular money. While Microsoft Points were still an option for making purchases (presumably so that people who’ve already bought points can still use them), the post notes that transactions defaulted to credit cards.
The post’s writer has looked to Microsoft for comment, but so far has yet to hear back. I’m very, very hopeful that the upcoming dashboard update (which will introduce the long-awaited SmartGlass feature that was first unveiled during E3) will do away with the Microsoft Points garbage.
Via the Verge