Microsoft has said that the recent real-money prices that appeared on the Xbox Live Marketplace were simply an error in the system.

In a statement made to the platform holder blamed a glitch in the system for the appearance of the prices, and stated that it has no immediate plans to phase out Microsoft Points. “Yesterday, a few avatar items appeared with an option to purchase with local currency, instead of Microsoft Points.”

“This display error doesn’t signal a change in payment options, but rather an error in how the offers were configured in our services which resulted in an inconsistent experience. It is in the process of being resolved.”

I think that Microsoft will wait until the next-generation of consoles to phase out Microsoft Points, they are a needless currency and the sooner they are replaced by real-money prices the better, in my opinion.

Are you happy to keep Microsoft Points? Leave your thoughts below.


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