Microsoft Points not compulsory in Windows 8

Microsoft Points not compulsory in Windows 8
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

October 8th 2012 at 2:20PM

Credit card payments usurp virtual currency as default transaction method

Microsoft could be phasing out its Points payment system on Windows 8 and Xbox Live.

As reported by The Verge, Microsoft has made real currency the default method of paying for music downloads and movie rentals on Windows 8, meaning the use of Microsoft Points is no longer compulsory.

Although during previous Windows 8 betas the operating system had used Microsoft Points, in the latest version they have been usurped by credit card payments.

Microsoft Points are still usable, although the fact they are now taking the backseat could suggest the computing giant is gradually phasing out the system in favour of a more user-friendly method.

Develop has contacted Microsoft for clarification on the issue.

Earlier this year it was reported that Microsoft planned to phase out its virtual currency Points system from Xbox Live, Windows Phone and Zune marketplace, and would replace it with real money transactions based on regional pricing.