4 Reasons Why Discontinuing Microsoft Points Is A Good Idea
It has been rumoured for about a day now that Microsoft is planning to completely remove Microsoft Points, opting for real money instead. Here are four reasons why that is a good idea.
Microsoft Is No Longer The Odd Man Out
Every company uses some form of digital currency, but Microsoft is the odd man out. Sony uses real money, selling points cards in $20 and $50 increments, Nintendo sells 2000 Points Cards (where 1 penny equals 1 point) for the Wii and $20 points cards for the DS, Apple uses anything from $5 prepaid cards to $50 prepaid cards. Then you have Microsoft where you get 1400 (1600 in the United States) points for $20.
No More Confusion
A big example of this happened a couple of weeks ago. I purchased a 1400 points card for $20 from the store to buy Resident Evil 4 HD which is $19.99. So when I went to buy it, the game was 1360 points. Very confusing and it seemed to me as if Microsoft didn’t even understand their own exchange rate when it came to these points.
It will also help parents at Christmas time when the kids tell them they want a points card and the parents don’t have to wonder if 1400 points is enough to buy that map pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that their kid has been asking for.
Even Footing For International Gamers
As a Canadian, it really is a rip off when I see that $20 in the United States gets you 1600 points but in Canada, only 1400 points. By moving to real currency, this will put everyone on even footing, with no one being ripped off with prepaid cards. I’m not sure how much it will affect the rest of the world but if it has the same change as it does on Canada, it will mean that everyone is getting their moneys worth and overpaying will be a thing of the past.
Better For Xbox Live Indie Games
Since this rumour has popped up, a lot of Indie developers have started to talk about this quite positively. By removing the points system, it will be much easier to get (and track) sales because gamers will know that each game is simply $1, much like on the App Store. This could also mean that Microsoft might lower the price for Indie games from $1 to $.50, increasing sales and exposure for developers. While the latter isn’t very likely, it is still great to think about.
So, there are my 4 reasons why discontinuing microsoft points is a good idea. If there’s any you think I forgot, feel free to leave a comment. And if you’re wondering why we didn’t include no more leftover points as a reason, well, we’ll still have leftover money in our account because Microsoft is likely to sell $20 and $40 prepaid cards.