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Xbox 360 owners have been confused and annoyed by the Microsoft Points currency setup since the system launched -- or at least I have. If a new rumor is to be believed, though, this frustrating extra bit of calculation for every Xbox Live purchase may be going away very soon.
Inside Mobile Apps reports that the Microsoft Points system will cease to exist by the end of 2012 according to "a source with knowledge of the company's decision." Supposedly the system will be replaced with the sane alternative of using actual cash transactions based on the region the console is set to.
We'll update this story if we're able to hear anything solid from Microsoft or another source. Personally speaking, though, this is one Xbox Live change I would happily get behind.
Personally I like the points system. Especially since I can earn credits to buy points just by doing internet searches with bing. go.microsoft.com
Honestly, I didn't mind the point system. It worked fine for me. If they did change the arbitrary system though, I'm sure it'll be for the better.
This is what drives me nuts about people. A company uses a shady spin on transactions that forces you to spend more money than you need to purchase an item and leaves you with nothing of any value after the transaction. Not only do some people defend that obvious robbing of the consumer, but openly declare that they prefer the ignorance the system provides. If you have a bad feeling about spending 20 dollars on something, there is probably a reason for that. That is your body and mind telling you hey this product isn't really a good investment. It's not worth what you have to pay for it. Covering up that warning signal and biting the bullet is not only weak it shows a dangerous lack of sense and survival skills. If you can't handle the reality of real money transactions, you're probably in a LOT of trouble.
In reading comments people defense of it is blaming peoples math skills. It's not the math that's annoying it's that when I want a 1200very point game ($15) I have to buy a 800 point pack ($10) and then a 400very point pack ($5) effectively making it two purchases [three in you include buying the game itself] to make 1 purchase
In reading comments people defense of it is blaming peoples math skills. It's not the math that's annoying it's that when I want a 1200 point game ($15) I have to buy a 800 point pack ($10) and then a 400 point pack ($5) effectively making it two purchases [three in you include buying the game itself] to make 1 purchase.
This is only a good thing, points systems are just convoluted.
I don't think it's that confusing. Basic maths really.
Preach on!! I would love to see the points gone! It makes absolutely no sense.
The points system isn't confusing so much as it is stupid. It always seemed to me to be a blatant attempt to mess up those who have trouble with math.
MS changes Points to Dollars. But watch we'll still have to pay $20 on xbox live to do download a game that is only $11 and have $9 in "change".
The points system has been easy to calculate, but severely "pointless". It was probably implemented to take advantage of the mathematically retarded to make that extra little bit more. It was a decision without the best interest of their customers in mind; that's a reason to show that you shouldn't rely or put much trust into Microsoft.
If this is true, the Rewards system is probably going to end with it.
I've started buying my DLC codes from Gamestop. You can buy them on their website and they e-mail you the code. And they actually cost the correct amount so if you want a $7 DLC it is actually $7. You don't have to buy $10 worth of points to get it...