No recent wiki edits to this page.

What are they?

Micorsoft Points logo

Microsoft Points were introduced with the launch of the Xbox 360 in November of 2005. Each game, theme, set of gamerpictures or piece of DLC on the newly unveiled Xbox Live Marketplace cost a certain amount of Microsoft Points (MSP).

How do they work?

Each gamertag has their own personal "bank" of points that can be increased by purchasing more MSP from the Xbox Live Marketplace or purchasing cards from retailers that can be redeemed to a user's account. Consumers were unable to purchase the precise amount of points they desired due to the fact that the point totals available for purchase were incremented pretty inconvienetly. Thus, if you wanted to a purchase a game that cost 800 MSP, you could not buy the 800 MSP you wanted. You would have had to buy the 1000 MSP denomination from the Xbox Live Marketplace. This led to a lot of left over MSP from purchases that would not quite add up to a new purchase, forcing the consumer to purchase a new bounty.

Ingenious marketing? Or douche bag move?

Cost breakdown

An MSP card available for purchase at retailers

At present, US$1 will purchase 80 Microsoft Points. Different currencies have different exchange rates, and Microsoft Points tend to be region-locked.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.