Xbox Live is ditching its silly Microsoft Points system in favor of people using real money. It’s a good move, but some beta users in the U.K. are noticing a problem — with the switch to real money, the price of games has increased. Is Microsoft trying for a quiet price hike, or is it just a bug to be worked out before the real money option rolls out to the public?
Reddit user Jackski posted to /r/games when he noticed the increase. Here’s what he wrote:
I just downloaded the beta for the new dashboard update. I instantly checked out the new currency system and rejoiced briefly that the days of Microsoft points were now gone. I then notice things that were previously 1200 Microsoft points which is purchasable for £9.99 here in the UK are now costing £11.99.
I then decided to buy 1200 Microsoft points to see if, to Microsoft, that was worth £11.99, My balance has only increased by £9.99
Does anyone know if this is the case for the other countries marketplaces? Anyone know If I can revert from the beta so I can get games cheaper again?
There’s a report from Videogamer.com that says a 4,200 point card purchased for £33 actually translates to a higher value of £35.70. They might just be offering a break to anyone spending a higher amount, but this could also mean that the conversion isn’t working entirely as planned at the moment.
It’s not clear whether this is a bug or a wicked plot to squeeze more money from gamers, but unfortunately it’s more likely to be the latter. Companies sure do love money.
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