Microsoft to keep redeemable codes for Xbox 360?

Earlier this week, rumors hit the Internet that Microsoft plans to do away with its Microsoft Points transaction system for downloading Xbox Live Arcade games and DLC content by the end of 2012 and replace it with real money transactions So far, Microsoft has yet to confirm or deny this report.

Today, a new report on Eurogamer, using unnamed sources, says that even though Microsoft does indeed plan to retire the Microsoft Points system, the company still plans to support redeemable codes that can be typed into an Xbox 360 console to download DLC content as well as other content items.

As far as the shutdown of Microsoft Points, the article quotes the unnamed source as saying it was a "profit driven decision" by Microsoft to do away with the system that launched around the time of the Xbox 360 console's launch in 2005. The source also said the new transaction system for purchasing Xbox Live content will be a "better spinner" for Microsoft (whatever that means).

Once again, Microsoft has not yet commented on these new reports but we will keep our ear to the ground to find out more information about what is happening with the Microsoft Points system.

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6 Comments

Well, of course... that's how everyone does it. PC games have been doing that forever. You can't really get rid of the redeemable code system at the moment, because there's not a better option.

Ayepecks said,
Well, of course... that's how everyone does it. PC games have been doing that forever. You can't really get rid of the redeemable code system at the moment, because there's not a better option.

Seeing how the original rumours was about microsoft points going away and people having to pay directly I don't think this is about the redeemable DLC codes, it's so you can buy a redeemable code on a card in a story rather than putting in your card number, and of course this would still be possible, for the same reason you can buy Xbox Live Gold in a store.

I just don't see what one has to do with the other... :? I would honestly be shocked if they discontinued the ability to type in redeemable codes...

M_Lyons10 said,
I just don't see what one has to do with the other... :? I would honestly be shocked if they discontinued the ability to type in redeemable codes...

Agreed. They replace points with cash on the cards and you still use the codes to redeem it, just like the PSN cards and iTunes.

Here Here! Do away with that old school points system, god i hate it so much!!. Now that they have added Paypal you really don't need those points any more. All you would need to do is just get a credit card or open a Paypal account and add your bank account to it... easy!. This will in turn generate a bit more activity on Paypals part which they obviously know already. I think its an excellent idea, been saying it for years now. As long as they promise to allow the codes to still be entered into the console until all of the point cards are gone basically. The points system is such a money grab scheme anyway, IMO.

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