Microsoft Points Now Sold In More Reasonable Batches

Kotaku: At some point over the last couple of days, Microsoft made a small yet significant adjustment to how you buy Microsoft points online. Notice the difference?

That's right, now Microsoft points are sold in North America in increments of 400, to better match the normal pricing of Xbox Live Arcade titles and downloadable content. Previously, for an 800 point title, we'd have to purchase 1000 Microsoft points, as the batches were sold in increments of 500. Either that, or pick up a point card, which would mean leaving the couch, which I'm pretty sure is illegal.

Hopefully this means less leftover points in our Xbox Live accounts, and less OCD-fueled purchases of unnecessary themes and avatar clothing.

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darthv723206d ago (Edited 3206d ago )

I believe they need to restructure it further. Perhaps make them 100 for $1 in their value instead of the current system. Purchase 2500 points for $25 and so forth.

HolyOrangeCows3206d ago

This is definitely a change for the better, but it would be nice to see them just go to regular moo-lah terms.

Christopher3206d ago (Edited 3206d ago )

400 points = $4.99
800 points = $9.99
1600 points = $19.99
4000 points = $49.99


800 points = $4.99 + $4.99 = $9.98


1600 points = $19.99 + $19.99 = $19.98


1600 points = $4.99 x 4 = $19.96


4000 points = $19.99 + $19.99 + $4.99 + $4.99 = $49.96

Not much savings, but a good way to screw Microsoft over if you're mean since they pay a charge for each transaction made by CC. Just find it weird when the next level up doesn't actually save you money compared to the lesser amounts.

The Lazy One3206d ago

why would you not do it all in $4.99s

there's no reason to bring 9.99s and 19.99s into it.

Silber3206d ago

@ Darthv72

100 Points for 1 $ cannot work because, MS Points is a World Currency.

so 80 Points are 1 $ / 0,6 Euro / 0,52 Pounds and so on.

Christopher3206d ago (Edited 3206d ago )

@The Lazy One: Only because I think people got the idea. $49.90 is obviously the best option overall, but I already spent more time than I wanted commenting on the whole thing.

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I Call 9MM3206d ago

GFWL here in Canada still has the standard increments 500, 1000 etc... same with the 360. Hmmm, so not North America, just the USA.

Convas3206d ago

Now I can buy EXACTLY the amount of points I need for Arcade games and DLC from the comfort of my couch!

-MD-3206d ago (Edited 3206d ago )

They could improve this further by offering 80 points for a dollar for people with odd amounts of points or looking to buy cheaper items.

Nice change though, improvements are always nice.

Sitris3206d ago

But i do agree adding things is always good. Do you know why they use the pretty stupid points system?

-MD-3206d ago

I think it was so people felt more comfortable with spending points instead of actual money.

When you see a game on PSN for 4.99$ and then the same game on XBLA for 400 points it seems easier to part with the points (especially when you have upwards of 2000 saved up).

I wouldn't say Microsoft wanted to trick people because the point system is very easy to figure out (80 = 1 dollar, 400 = 5 dollars etc) but I believe that's what they were going for. To be honest I would prefer simple dollar amounts but it honestly doesn't bother me.

Software_Lover3206d ago

A product that costs 400 points in the U.S., also costs 400 points in the U.K. A product that costs 800 points in Japan, also costs 800 points in Russia. Now the actual monetary value may differ from country to country because of the different values of currency, but the points are the same.

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