Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:02:50 +0200
- Xbox-Scene News
Rumor: Microsoft killing off Xbox Points
- ...In favor of 'real' currency/gift cards system.
According to The Verge, Microsoft is doing away with its current Points system to introduce a true currency system very soon. Reveal expected at E3 2013.
According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft is killing off its Points system used primarily for the Xbox, in favor of a true currency and gift cards system.
So, similar to the infrastructure that Apple has in place, users will be able to make purchases with debit/credit cards, or buy gift cards at retail stores. The new system would work across the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, and the Xbox Live Marketplace.
The new gift cards will be offered in a similar way to Apple's iTunes vouchers, allowing Xbox owners to purchase true currency to be used to download content. We're told that normal cash transactions, using credit and debit cards, will also be supported. Microsoft currently offers gift cards in its retail stores, but these can only be used for purchases in brick and mortar stores. The new system will work across Microsoft's various marketplaces, including the Windows Store, Windows Phone Store, and Xbox.
Apparently, an official announcement is expected at the upcoming E3, with a planned launch later this year, just in time for the next-generation Xbox.
If true, it was about time, don't you think? Stay tuned!
News-Source: Microsoft points moving to gift card system (via) TheVerge