When Microsoft revealed that it would not be using regular currency for its Xbox LIVE transactions on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace when the service was announced, replacing it with the complex Microsoft Points system, not many gamers were thrilled. Now, towards what is believed to be the end of the Xbox 360’s life cycle, a report has surfaced claiming the company will phase out the controversial currency system by the end of the year.
The report comes from an anonymous source that claims to be close to the company’s decision. According to the source, Microsoft will replace the Microsoft Points system across Xbox LIVE, the Zune Marketplace, and Windows Phone with actual currency values for each specific region by the end of 2012.
Microsoft declined to comment on the report, giving the typical respone that the company doesn’t “comment on rumours or speculation.” This move, if true, would put Microsoft in line with other online systems used by Apple and Sony for the respective App Store and PlayStation Network.
The Microsoft Points system has met with much criticism in its time as Microsoft’s method for transactions. Many have argued that it confuses users who try to put a valid dollar amount on the points so they know how much they are spending. Given its set levels of points that must be purchased, critics also accuse the company of purposefully overcharging users for more than they need.