The lights are on
A new report says that an upcoming dashboard update of Xbox
Live will bring about a number of changes to the service - and discontinue the
use of Microsoft Points as retail currency on the network.
The news comes by way of the tech site The Verge. According
to Verge: "Microsoft will also phase out the use of its Points system
with this dashboard update, replacing it with currency and gift card
The Verge report says that update, which should enter a
public beta in June or July and be pushed out to consumers in August, will also
update the look and feel of the user interface, and features "live
tiles" similar to what we've seen on Windows Mobile. For more detail, read
the original story on The Verge.
[Source: The Verge]
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Will this mean they will convert all current points to a dollar amount? Also, what happens to all MS Point cards that are floating around. I know some people buy them and hold onto them until they need them so does this mean those cards will be useless or will it automatically just convert the points into money?
So does this mean reward points for certain promotions are now money awards?
I feel like I saw this same announcement last year. Any who, I stopped dumping $ into MSFT points awhile ago...about the same time I downloaded Steam.
Finally. This should have happened a long time ago.
I'll admit the MS Points system was sort of confusing. It's nice to see that they'll be switching to a more traditional currency not unlike PlayStation 3 :)
I just read the aforementioned article on TheVerge and throughout most of the comments people are mainly concerned about the look out the UI. Does Microsoft not care about those consumers out there who actually use the points system? I find it hard to believe that there a group of Beta testers out there that would prefer that I spend my hard eared cash on gift cards that do not give me MS points. I don't know about you but sevices like Xbox Live Rewards and the monthly drawings from numerous sponsors like State Farm Insurance, Honda, T-Mobile who've in the past awarded points in giveaways, wouldn't be none the happier if giving away beaucoup bucks as opposed to MS points. So, no I won't be a happy camper if in fact doing away with Microsoft points is we're the next Xbox is headed.
after what has it been......how....many years.......thanks for finally catching up
This is great news. Now I don't have to seem like an idiot when I tell a nongamer friend that I'm going to buy Microsoft Points. This was long overdue, and I don't know why they didn't do this sooner.