Rumor: Microsoft to Phase Out Microsoft Points

24 Jan, 2012 reports that according to an unidentified source, Microsoft will begin phasing out its virtual currency before the end of the year. The Microsoft Points are currently used in the Zune Marketplace and on Windows phones, as well as in the Xbox Live Marketplace.

According to the source, Microsoft will have replaced the system with one that utilizes the actual currency that is associated with the region in which the system is registered. Any balance remaining on an account will be automatically converted into the local currency. Supposedly, developers and publishers have been informed of the upcoming changes and are advised to take this into account when planning their strategies.

Microsoft has declined to comment on the matter.

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Robin Meijer

Missed out on most of the "Golden Age of Gaming" due to not being born until 1988. Been catching up on what I've missed out since I began writing for Elder Geek in 2009. For some reason, continuously mistaken for being Belgian, despite being Dutch.

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1 Comment

  1. Longfoehammer
    January 25, 2012

    Thank god, I started to realize this was just a money making scheme when they made you buy the credits in blocks of 400 or more. Real monetary amounts makes transactions more transparent and easier to do.