Microsoft: MS Points Aren’t Going Anywhere
A post on the Verge today dashes my hopes of a future where I can purchase content on Xbox LIVE with actual currency: in reaction to the rumor from yesterday that Microsoft would be doing away with their Microsoft Points currency system with the release of Windows 8, the company has explained that isn’t the case.
The default to real, local currency was first observed in a preview of the final Windows 8 build, and according to Microsoft, that’s the only platform where that’s the case. For Xbox users going forward, it’s still all points, all the time.
“Microsoft Points continue to be the currency for purchasing content for the Xbox 360 console,” said a spokesperson for the company. The post points out that the only way to get around the point junk is to make purchases of Xbox content via a computer running Windows 8. So there’s that.
Boo. Dumb. I hate this. I’ll never understand the need for a separate currency, other than to simply nickel and dime customers. PAH.
Via the Verge