Microsoft made the announcement a while back that they were ditching Microsoft Points on all their device platforms and would start using real world currency. A newsletter sent out to Xbox Live members suggests the transition could be coming soon. Microsoft stated that their point system could be retired as soon as August 22.
Xbox users have been complaining about the Microsoft point system which required users to buy increments of points with real world currency in-order to purchase downloadable and streaming content. Microsoft is finally changing the system that has been around for far too long. The change definitely a welcome one.
This change also affects Zune users who will no longer be able to use points to buy downloadable music, movies etc. for their devices. Zune will however be able to use Xbox Music Passes. Zune users won’t be able to rent or buy TV, movie, or music content on Zune Marketplace.
For those who still have Microsoft Points might think about spending them before the transition occurs because they probably won’t be usable soon as suggested by the Microsoft team. The newsletter explains,” You can continue to rent and purchase content on Xbox Music and Xbox Video stores with the payment options available in your region. For more information on where you can access these stores, please visit xbox.com/music and xbox.com/video. “
Have fun trying to spend every last Microsoft Point before they’re obsolete in those awkward units.