Microsoft To Discontinue Microsoft Points by the end of 2012

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#51 Posted by Aus_azn (2272 posts) -

As long as I get my change back in $.

#52 Posted by big_jon (6116 posts) -

thank God.

#53 Posted by HatKing (6382 posts) -

Good. Fucking worthless system has kept me from acting on 'Deals of the Week' many times. If all I had to spend was the couple of dollars to get the random DLC for the game I haven't touched in months, I might do it, but I always have to round up to five. Fucking stupid.

#54 Posted by DukesT3 (1977 posts) -

@SMTDante89 said:

@FreakAche said:

Now what will we use for currency after the apocalypse?

Bottlecaps

Yen.

#55 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3217 posts) -

Fucking finally.

#56 Edited by KaneRobot (2125 posts) -

This sucks if true...hope it isn't. No more getting 50 dollars of points for $40, 20 dollars of points for $15, etc. All you people celebrating this can go piss right off.

People whining about having a spare dollar fifty or whatever in your account are sad little creatures. You really think you're never going to buy anything on the marketplace again and use that up? If you're smart about when you're buying your points, you're basically getitng a discount every time you buy something (and if the item is on sale, a discount on top of a discount), which more than makes up for whatever paltry amount you have left over in your account anyway.

Eliminating points just give MS tighter control over their pricing. No more cheating the system with discounted points. I guess you all enjoy not saving money.

#57 Posted by captain_clayman (3346 posts) -

awesome.

#58 Posted by CaptainCharisma (347 posts) -

The good thing about Mictosoft Points is that Amazon and Toys R Us have had pretty good sales on the cards in the past so you would be getting basically $20 for $15. I've gotten deals on plenty of these and can't say the same for PSN and the Wii Marketplace.

#59 Posted by BatmanReturned (53 posts) -

This is still just a rumor. As much as it makes sense from a consumer stand point Microsoft benefits very little from this other than customer service. They would essentially losing money which is why I honestly doubt it will happen.

#60 Posted by StrawHatLaw13 (169 posts) -

@GreggD said:

Assuming they keep selling pre-paid cards with codes on 'em, I couldn't care less either way.

This. I hope this move is not about trying to obligate people to give their credit cards on xbl.

#61 Posted by Winternet (8236 posts) -

Time to introduce bitcoins for the next gen consoles.

#62 Posted by Elazul (1342 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

I don't have a problem with Nintendo's Wii Points system, since it's easier to understand than the Microsoft system.

I would agree if it weren't for the fact that Nintendo charges us the same number of pounds for points as Americans get charged in dollars. This basically means that Wii and DS ware is one-and-a-half times more expensive over here for no good reason, whereas Microsoft content is only marginally more expensive to account for our 20% sales tax. Granted, the system is simpler, but it really needs to be managed better.

#63 Posted by ze_ro (182 posts) -

I'll believe it when I see it

#64 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7595 posts) -

@KaneRobot said:

This sucks if true...hope it isn't. No more getting 50 dollars of points for $40, 20 dollars of points for $15, etc. All you people celebrating this can go piss right off.

People whining about having a spare dollar fifty or whatever in your account are sad little creatures. You really think you're never going to buy anything on the marketplace again and use that up? If you're smart about when you're buying your points, you're basically getitng a discount every time you buy something (and if the item is on sale, a discount on top of a discount), which more than makes up for whatever paltry amount you have left over in your account anyway.

Eliminating points just give MS tighter control over their pricing. No more cheating the system with discounted points. I guess you all enjoy not saving money.

Yup, people seem to be forgetting that the minimum amount you'll be able to add will still be £5 (because of bank charges) and the fact that we actually get games on XBLA cheaper than on PSN/Steam because of the points system. Everything will automatically be £1-2 more expensive now and like you said, no more point cards means they can control the prices even more.

The points system is going away to allow Microsoft to make more profit, not to benefit us.

#65 Posted by Sooty (8195 posts) -

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES

#66 Posted by Grimluck343 (1176 posts) -

@StrawHatLaw13 said:

@GreggD said:

Assuming they keep selling pre-paid cards with codes on 'em, I couldn't care less either way.

This. I hope this move is not about trying to obligate people to give their credit cards on xbl.

Especially with all of the FIFA scamming Patrick keeps railing on about.

#67 Posted by phantomzxro (1600 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

@KaneRobot said:

This sucks if true...hope it isn't. No more getting 50 dollars of points for $40, 20 dollars of points for $15, etc. All you people celebrating this can go piss right off.

People whining about having a spare dollar fifty or whatever in your account are sad little creatures. You really think you're never going to buy anything on the marketplace again and use that up? If you're smart about when you're buying your points, you're basically getitng a discount every time you buy something (and if the item is on sale, a discount on top of a discount), which more than makes up for whatever paltry amount you have left over in your account anyway.

Eliminating points just give MS tighter control over their pricing. No more cheating the system with discounted points. I guess you all enjoy not saving money.

Yup, people seem to be forgetting that the minimum amount you'll be able to add will still be £5 (because of bank charges) and the fact that we actually get games on XBLA cheaper than on PSN/Steam because of the points system. Everything will automatically be £1-2 more expensive now and like you said, no more point cards means they can control the prices even more.

The points system is going away to allow Microsoft to make more profit, not to benefit us.

I don't fully see your point in how MS will make more money on this because of the 5 bucks minimum. It the same way on PSN i'm guessing you can add money to your wallet. and you will see be able to buy $10 $20 $50 cards. The only thing this will effect is buying avatar crap or buying indie games which all float under the 5 buck mark. But I don't see that being to big of a problem given that once in while you may want to buy one little thing and end up with some change left over from the 5 bucks. With the points this happened almost everytime you buy anything you will be short anywhere to 20 to 100 points and have to buy more points.

Not to mention you falling over what you need and buying more points then you wanted. which will not be a problem since as long as it over the 5 bucks i'm guessing this new system will let you pay the amount that you need no more no less.

#68 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

I never had a problem with MS Points.

#69 Posted by Shadow (5108 posts) -

Thank. Fucking. God. It is the largest pile of steaming bullshit that I have to pay $5 for 400 points when I'm only 30 short.

#70 Posted by phish09 (1112 posts) -

I just grabbed 10 1400 points cards from a retailer for 50% off two months ago...this is probably why they were discounted, but hopefully more retailers will start discounting them in the coming months, which means great deals for people like you and me.

#71 Posted by Bllasae (5 posts) -

@Jay444111 said:

How the fuck is this going to work, I got 760 points... is it going to convert that to some sort of cash or are they going to disapear?

This alone proves this article is incorrect. I doubt Microsoft is going to pay everyone the value for their existing Microsoft Points.

#72 Posted by Vonocourt (2172 posts) -

@Bllasae said:

@Jay444111 said:

How the fuck is this going to work, I got 760 points... is it going to convert that to some sort of cash or are they going to disapear?

This alone proves this article is incorrect. I doubt Microsoft is going to pay everyone the value for their existing Microsoft Points.

So they simply change the text that says 760 points to $9.50, they wouldn't have to pay you anything.

#73 Posted by BrockNRolla (1725 posts) -

Oh no... What will happen to all the Microsoft points I amassed through my FIFA scamming?

#74 Posted by ChaosDent (236 posts) -

Cool! It looks like the end of carnival money in games as we know it. Now all we need to do is get rid of Bioware Points... Origin makes it so those aren't a thing either, right?

#75 Edited by BlatantNinja23 (928 posts) -

@Shadow said:

Thank. Fucking. God. It is the largest pile of steaming bullshit that I have to pay $5 for 400 points when I'm only 30 short.

That's still going to exist... only you'll pay $5 to add $5 to the system because you are currently $0.50 short.

Was the fact that 80 was a $1 really that confusing to people? It's been over 5 years now, I already know what 400, 800, 1200, and all that means so it just never bothered me.

#76 Posted by ChaosDent (236 posts) -
@BlatantNinja23

@Shadow said:

Thank. Fucking. God. It is the largest pile of steaming bullshit that I have to pay $5 for 400 points when I'm only 30 short.

That's still going to exist... only you'll pay $5 to add $5 to the system because you are currently $0.50 short.

Was the fact that 80 was a $1 really that confusing to people? It's been over 5 years now, I already know what 400, 800, 1200, and all that means so it just never bothered me.

The biggest problem is the fixed payment options. On the PS3 if I buy a $0.99 Rock Band song in one purchase I'll have to add $5 to my wallet. If I later buy a $14.99 game I can make a second $10.98 transaction to zero out my wallet balance. In a points system with fixed $5, $10, $20 purchase options I don't get that option.

The point conversion rate is subliminally deceptive and is at best just something to get used to. The microtransaction vision never really materialized anyway so they are solution without a problem at this point.
#77 Posted by iam3green (14368 posts) -

well thats good. i didn't like the points at all because a lot of times i would end up having like 80 or something points that i couldn't buy anything with. i just hope that they still make it even like $15 map pack= $15 map pack.

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