In the next Xbox Live update we will finally see the end of Microsoft Points. In a post on Xbox Wire today, Mark Whitten, Chief Product Officer, announced they will make the transition to local currency instead. During the next update, gamers will see their remaining point balanced transfered over into their local currency. For example, if you have 500 points in your account, you will then have $6.25. Each US dollar with worth 80 Microsoft points.
Microsoft is also rolling out in store purchase cards for real dollars later this yea, but they will continue to honor the points cards until further notice. Most likely, around the time that the Xbox One comes out.
This reporter’s opinion: This is the right move for Microsoft to make. Having actual currency also may make people think more about their purchases. For example, I am going to guess that I’ve bought nearly 30-40 dollars of the packs in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer. I probably wouldn’t have done this if it was three dollars each time, rather than 240 points.
by, Bobby Marquardt