RIP Microsoft Points? MS announces move to 'real money' for Xbox One [Update]

It's been a long time coming. All the way back in January of last year, we reported that Microsoft was planning to retire its confusing Microsoft Points payments system, and the rumour resurfaced just a few weeks ago

Today, at its Xbox keynote at E3 2013, Microsoft announced that it's finally moving away from Microsoft Points for digital purchases on its new Xbox One console. Microsoft's Marc Whitten said: "In this new generation, everything's priced in your local currency. We're moving from Microsoft Points to real money." 

It's currently unclear whether this move will also extend to users of its Xbox 360. But with a new Xbox 360 being announced today, along with improvements to the Xbox Live Gold membership, it would seem like the perfect opportunity to finally banish the Microsoft Points system once and for all. 


Update: Neowin member 'Sraf' pointed out the tweet below from Microsoft's Xbox Support team, regarding what will happen to existing Microsoft Points balances when they're phased out. Microsoft says that you'll get a credit in your local currency to the tune of an equivalent or greater amount to your final MSP balance. This appears to indicate that Points are indeed being phased out across the board, and not just being replaced on Xbox One purchases. 

Neowin's E3 2013 coverage is sponsored by Alienware

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Not buying Xbones.. With all those DRM crap and internet connection requirement, it will be paper weight and DVD player for many people.

Yup, it will be paper weight for all those non-paying customers. Given that the hardware itself it sold with a built-in loss (which they compensate with game sales) you are actually doing MS a favor by NOT buying it (and thus reducing their losses). So thank you, I guess.

Auditor said,
Not buying Xbones.. With all those DRM crap and internet connection requirement, it will be paper weight and DVD player for many people.

Ah, you are alluding to the many people that will buy one that are still on dial up internet - yeah it'll suck for them....

duddit2 said,

Ah, you are alluding to the many people that will buy one that are still on dial up internet - yeah it'll suck for them....

Mhm, coz that daily 10 seconds ping will sure be a challenge on whatever internet connection

duddit2 said,

Ah, you are alluding to the many people that will buy one that are still on dial up internet - yeah it'll suck for them....

Not everyone in this world lives in America to have reliable internet connection. Once Xboner time is up then all your games will be useless. I don't understand why anyone will put up such a nonsense on console. If they wanted to do online validation it make it mandatory on games front such as Simcity which was disaster bytheway and people can avoid buying those particular games which require online check. But anyway, its people's money and if they want this crap then let them do it.

bviktor said,

Mhm, coz that daily 10 seconds ping will sure be a challenge on whatever internet connection

Umm... XBox hasn't supported a Dialup line ever. You would have to fake it like I used to do on my original XBox.

shinji257 said,

Umm... XBox hasn't supported a Dialup line ever. You would have to fake it like I used to do on my original XBox.

Uh. As if 99.99% of users didn't use SOHO routers. But now the new Xbox should have an ISDN modem, too? Like the Dreamcast 15 years ago? But what about users who don't want to pay for it? Then they should make a separate ISDN edition for you and the other 3 guys on a dial-up line without a router, right? (Kinect complaints gg)

Cool story bro, tell me more about it.

They will probably keep 360 on points, and start on real money with Xone.
Nintendo did this with Wii U Store and Wii Store.

They can also convert the the points to real money and credit your account.

Im wondering if whole EU will be based on € - alongside with non-eurozone members. If yes, then this will be pointless for us (Poland, Czech Rep., Latvia, Lithuania and so on).

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