According to a rumor from Inside Mobile Apps, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to toss its Xbox Live points system in favor of a more straight-forward purchasing experience. Pretty soon, $15 will buy that 1200 point Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI) Call Of Duty map pack for $15, instead of for 1200 arbitrary Microsoft points.
This may not seem like a big deal, but many Xbox Live users find the point system confusing. Why should my $15 be worth 1200 points? Am I being ripped off? Why isn’t $15 just worth $15? Also, why should users be forced into purchasing blocks of points, rather than paying for the exact amount of the purchase?
Questions like these agitate the already-irritable gamer, and the last thing Microsoft wants to do is hinder the purchase millions dollars worth of games, expansion packs, movies and striped fedoras for classy avatars — let alone unleash the unrelenting force of a man in the middle of a 4 hour Skyrim quest.
Microsoft’s app stores, including the Android Market, already allow users to make cash purchases in the purchaser’s local currency and, over the past year, cash purchases have been phased into large games. Let’s get a move on, Microsoft.
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– Andrew Lander, InvestorPlace @andrewlander