SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft apparently is doing an about-face on its use of virtual currency Xbox Points and will replace them with things like gift cards.
Microsoft's Xbox Points is a confusing system where pounds, or any other currency do not equal points. You might assume that 1,200 points would equate to £12. If so, you might also be in the market for some magic beans.
Points cost different sums depending on where you live, and act as a bridge between your brain and the Xbox marketplace.
In the UK you can buy them through your Xbox console, and use them to buy films, games and other content. Alternatively you can visit the high street and do things the old fashioned way with a card.
Prepaid cards are available with values of 400, 800, 1,200, 2,100 or 4,200 Microsoft Points. A 1,200 point card will set you back £9.99. The prices scale up and down accordingly, so 4,200 points can cost you around £33 and 400 points, £3.50.
Why Microsoft would get rid of a system as simple as that we don't know. But apparently that is what it is doing.
It has not been able to confirm the plans with us, and the Verge is the source of the rumours. There the word comes from unnamed insiders and has lead to speculation that Microsoft plans to announce some new system at its Reveal event next week.
The revealing event reportedly will pull the covers off the Xbox 720. Microsoft is offering people that like that sort of thing a countdown that they can sit and watch in the interim. µ