Microsoft are finally doing away with that terribly oppressive points system that absolutely everybody in the world hates. Ok, maybe a little over the top and not at all true by way of everyone hating it but yes, it is going away in the upcoming dashboard update, according to Eurogamer at least (by way of VG247). The change to real world currency is something that some people genuinely thought was a good idea and while it should really be a good thing, Microsoft has seen this as an opportunity to hike prices.
Via the Eurogamer Tipster:
– 1600MSP games are now £14.99; previously this was the equivalent of £13.60
– 1200 MSP games are now £11.99, previously £10.20
– 800 MSP games are now £8.99, an even bigger increase – previously this was £6.80
– 400 MSP games are now £4.49, previously £3.20
Taking something bought at higher prices and converting it to be far less is not particularly ethical for retail Points codes but when you can buy directly from Microsoft, which many people have done, you will now have less than your moneys worth directly from them.
While it’s true that it isn’t set in stone YET, it is still effectively stealing money from every beta tester of the new update. Plenty of Redditors have posted on the new system and the loss of money caused by it. This is something people do need to get angry at, much like the recent DRM issue. If Microsoft can get away with taking away points and giving a lower equivalent value, they will.
If the decision is changed to more equivalent currency rates it won’t be out of the kindness of their hearts, it will be because the consumers have had to put their foot down again.