Microsoft has released the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update – which finally brings about Xbox Live Marketplace’s long-overdue switch to real-world currency over the previous system of Microsoft Points.
“When you go to initiate a purchase or redeem a Microsoft Points card through your Xbox 360, we’ll add to your Microsoft account an amount of currency equal to or greater than the Xbox Marketplace value” says Microsoft, of the update.
Whilst Microsoft will “continue to accept purchased Microsoft Points Cards and codes until further notice”, the pre-paid cards are expected to be phased out of stores shortly, instead being replaced by fixed value gift-cards, akin to those used by Sony on PSN. This will presumably see a far more universal pricing system for the digital currency at retail than its predecessor.
Microsoft PR has also announced the end of Xbox Live Gold Family Packs, with each user set to receive their own account in the coming days. The new user accounts will each inherit the remaining Gold time-period, and a bonus 3 months.