Microsoft: Local currency options on Xbox Live avatars an "error"

Earlier this year, a rumor hit the Internet that claimed Microsoft was going to dump its current Microsoft Points system for purchasing items like downloadable games and avatars for the Xbox 360 console. Microsoft did not comment on the rumors at that time. This week, some Xbox 360 users saw that Xbox Live Avatar items had real money payment options, instead of Microsoft Points.

However, Microsoft is now saying this change to paying with real money amounts was a mistake. Gamesindustry.biz reports that, according to a statement from Microsoft:

This display error doesn't signal a change in payment options, but rather an error in how the offers were configured in our services which resulted in an inconsistent experience. It is in the process of being resolved.

The Microsoft Points system has been criticized since its launch several years ago, with users complaining that the system is confusing when they purchase points with real currency. Microsoft also is not consistant in terms of using Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. For example, downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games are paid for in Microsoft Points, but full retail games that are also available for download on the Xbox 360 console use real world currency.

Source: Gamesindustry.biz

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Good, I like the system because I can cheat it by buying large quantities of points for a LOT less than in local stores.

Thief000 said,
Good, I like the system because I can cheat it by buying large quantities of points for a LOT less than in local stores.

You do know that oftentimes those points that you purchase at a huge discount via eBay and other means are often a result of identity theft right?

Thief steals someones credit card info, buys a ton of points, sells on eBay. You benefit, someone else has to fight to get the money back, someone (bank or victim) loses money.

So I wouldn't brag too much about it

Shane Nokes said,

You do know that oftentimes those points that you purchase at a huge discount via eBay and other means are often a result of identity theft right?

Thief steals someones credit card info, buys a ton of points, sells on eBay. You benefit, someone else has to fight to get the money back, someone (bank or victim) loses money.

So I wouldn't brag too much about it

I don't buy points attached to accounts, only scratch card codes that I can redeem for my own account and this saves me more than 20% in most cases. People that fall for that and buy accounts with a bazillion points are worse idiots than the thieves.

Thief000 said,

I don't buy points attached to accounts, only scratch card codes that I can redeem for my own account and this saves me more than 20% in most cases. People that fall for that and buy accounts with a bazillion points are worse idiots than the thieves.

I didn't say attached to accounts. That's just one method. There's also people that do identity theft in order to get credit cards. They use those to buy online point codes from places like Amazon using temporary accounts. They then sell those codes at a HUGE discount since they didn't pay for them, and make money off it.

There's a few ways thieves do these sorts of scams to make money.

Microsoft won't get rid of the points system as it's a very deliberate way to hide the true cost of items, which is especially effective considering that a lot of children use the system. It's a shame, because it is a really devious policy.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Microsoft won't get rid of the points system as it's a very deliberate way to hide the true cost of items, which is especially effective considering that a lot of children use the system. It's a shame, because it is a really devious policy.

Not really. In the US 80 points = $1.

100 points equals = $1.25.

I just cracked the secret code for you