Microsoft To Replace Xbox Points With Currency And Gift Cards System
That is, according to The Verge’s sources who are allegedly familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans.
These sources told the website that Microsoft is doing away with its Points system in favour of a new gift card system. I’m surprised it took this long to be honest, as it has been a long time in the making and follows Microsoft’s moving away from virtual currency in the new Windows 8.
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These new gift cards will supposedly be offered in a similar way to Apple’s iTunes vouchers, and they will allow Xbox users to purchase true currency that can be used to download content from the store. The source also said that normal cash transactions, such as by credit and debit cards, will be supported as well. At the moment, Microsoft offers gift cards in its retail stores, but these can only be used in brick and mortar stores.
This new system will function across Microsoft’s marketplace services, such as Windows Store, Windows Phone Store and Xbox. The Verge’s source has said that Microsoft plans to reveal this system by E3, and launch it later this year in time for the next-gen Xbox release.
The new console has been rumoured to be called Xbox Infinity, which sets you at a bit of a problem ways down the road when you’re supposed to follow that up, with beyond infinity or something.