With an update rolling out to the Xbox 360, Microsoft will finally transition from MS points to local currently.  Microsoft has posted a FAQ explaining the transition in further detail: FAQ Your current Microsoft Points can be converted to an equivalent dollar value (valid until June 1, 2015). Transactions at this time are not being taxed, but in a future update Microsoft will start charging for local sales tax. However, the company will charge local sales tax on transactions in the future. Xbox Live users can continue to buy and redeem Microsoft Points cards for the foreseeable future, and later this year, Microsoft will start offering Xbox Gift Cards to replace the old cards. A Microsoft representative told Polygon, “Today we started rolling out the official release of the 2013 Xbox Live Update. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across members and regions. Don’t panic ...

Read More →

Microsoft has opened up its public beta for the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.  The update will improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.  It has been that rumored smaller live tiles will also come to the interface and the final update will come in late August. Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console. Space will be limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public. To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard. You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), but I’ve rarely seen these followed. If you are an Xbox Member in Japan you will not be able to sign up at this time. Source: Major ...

Read More →

The Verge reports that in the RTM version of Windows 8, users are currently not only able to pay for music and videos using credit cards, but also that this is now the default option, in preference to the much hated Microsoft Points. Microsoft Points have long had a home on the Xbox 360, but has made it unnecessarily complicated to know how much you are spending, and also required one to keep a balance in Microsoft’s system.  The move to credit cards makes the system much more user friendly, and as payment via Points remain available, will still allow users without credit cards to purchase Points at retail locations. The changes are part of the last minute polish Microsoft is applying to Windows 8 in the run up to its general availability on the 26th October, which has also included the updating of many of the built-in apps in ...

Read More →