When it was announced that Windows 8 would accept actual human money for music and video downloads, there was speculation that this new system of payment would be applied to the Xbox LIVE service, where we’ve been suffering with the current Microsoft points system for way longer than I personally care to remember. Sadly, it looks as though we’re stuck with the space bucks.
“Microsoft Points continue to be the currency for purchasing content for the Xbox 360 console,” said a Microsoft spokesperson, speaking to The Verge.
This is frustrating, and genuinely prohibitive for Xbox LIVE as a service. I have legitimately held back on purchases on Xbox LIVE because of the protracted points system, that forces me to have leftover points, that attempts to distance me from the money I’m spending. It’s dishonest, and with all other services moving away from this system, Xbox LIVE is starting to look increasingly archaic.