Microsoft Points Archive
Fret not, XBLAers – Avatar items listed for sale by actual currency this week don’t indicate a move away from MSP, according to a statement put out by Microsoft today. The appearance of dollars and cents (or Euros or yen or what have you) in the Marketplace was a simple glitch, the company says.
Splendid news for those living in Blighty. In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (that’s this weekend), Microsoft is offering discounted Microsoft Points from its online store. Hooray! Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the Royal Mail to push them through your letterbox and they probably won’t be operating for the next four days, so you can’t bury your head in Minecraft instead of Jubilee celebrations.
Still, it’s a pretty good offer. 4200MSP, normally priced at £34.99, will set you back £24.49 while the price of 2100MSP packs has lowered from £17.59 to £12.25. To take advantage of the offer, deviate away to the Microsoft Store, ram your virtual trolley full of virtual money and then take it to the checkout. Enter the code: “JubileeOffer” into the promotional code box and voila, discounted make-believe money.
Might be a good time to stock up before a promising-looking summer for XBLA.
Sources are reporting to Inside Mobile Apps that Microsoft will be discontinuing use of its Microsoft Points currency system used by Xbox Live, Zune marketplace, and the Windows phone. A source with knowledge of the company’s decisions are saying that all mobile developers with publishing agreements are being told to plan for the conversion.
This will impact all three platforms where the point system is used although one of the biggest adjustments will be to the Xbox marketplace where some games and extras are denoted in only Microsoft Points. The Zune marketplace and the Windows phone denote purchases in both the point system and regional currency.
For a limited time only, buy.com is offering 4000 MSP for the low price of $39.99 via ebay, which is a whole $10 off the usual price of $49.99. This deal comes around every couple months or so, but it’s one of the best you’ll find. Head over there quick, because the deal is only valid while supplies last, which is never long.
When the Ms. Splosion Man beta ended this week it left us wanting more. However, when we tried to buy Ms. Splosion Man we noticed one steep price: 4,294,967,295 Microsoft Points (approximately 53 million dollars). Seeing as that is slightly out of our price range, we can’t ‘Splode our frilly bows away until release day: July 13.
Ms. Splosion Man is the sequel to Splosion Man, but Twisted Pixel promises there are more changes than just a bow on the top of the main characters head. We had the opportunity to talk to them at E3 this year where they mentioned the ability to race against ghost replays of friends. If you missed out on the beta then you can check out our hands-on preview to keep yourself from ‘Sploding.
That’s right, when you thought Microsoft was grubbing for your money with the price update coming in November, they create this deal to give them a better image. Between now (October 1st, 2010) and then (October 31, 2010) if you spend $30 on Xbox Live Arcade content, you will receive $10 back in November. That’s… 30 dollars worth of stuff for 20 dollars! The only stipulations are: must be used on arcade games, add-ons, or avatar items. And with all of the great titles coming out this month (Comic Jumper, Super Meat Boy, Pinball FX2, and last months Hydrophobia) it is going to be hard to choose only thirty dollars worth of content! But you can always come back here if you need help deciding if a certain XBLA game is the one for you with our great indepth reviews and previews of upcoming games. And let us know in the comments what you have already decided on for your $30, or are planning on getting!
So if you’re like us, you find Microsoft Points to be one of the most annoying things out there. For one thing, why couldn’t 100 points equate to a dollar, instead of 80 points? To make matters worse, points were sold in bundles of 500 until this past week. For those of you familiar with Xbox Live Arcade titles, you’re probably used to trying to figure out what to do with that extra 200 points left over after a purchase.
We love the ability to do micro-transactions when needed, but it would have really helped the arithmetically inept of us out there if the system had used a bit more logic. Thankfully, Microsoft has heard our pleas and decided to change the bundling of points purchase through Xbox Live to match more realistic sales figures, (400, 800, 1600, 4000). And to be honest, we couldn’t be happier.