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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Oct 9, 2012

Windows 8 Defaulting To Direct Cash Payments

If there’s something that Sony’s PSN has over Xbox Live it’s the fact that they use actual dollar amounts in their prices for their games and other media. In Xbox Live, people are forced to buy these arbitrary points in 400 point increments, and often times prices are in odd prices, meaning that you were forced to purchase 400 points but can really only use 350 of them. To say that it’s aggravating is putting it lightly.

That’s why we were glad to hear some rumors earlier that Microsoft was ending this practice, and it looks like it’s starting with Windows 8. If you look in Windows 8’s Zune Marketplace you’ll see that purchasing movies and music will default not to MS Points, but rather cold, hard cash. This is definitely a step in the right direction.

At this point Microsoft hasn’t made any comment about the points. My guess is that when it gets closer to Windows 8’s October 26th release we’ll be hearing something more concrete from Microsoft about their points system. In the end though I just hope that when they do announce the death of MS Points they’ll just convert the remaining points in your account into a cash balance. Otherwise, it’s just going to cause even more confusion down the road, and quite a few pissed off customers.

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