According to the latest rumor doing the rounds, Microsoft may be looking to can its arbitrary Xbox currency system. Apparently, the company is planning to switch over to using real world currency.
As reported by Inside Mobile Apps, a source close to the company has revealed that Microsoft will be phasing out the Microsoft point system by the end of the year. The MS point system is utilized over Xbox Live , Windows Phone, and the Zune marketplace.
This change will impact developers that make apps for Microsoft’s platforms and could be a potential source or where the rumor originated from. Apparently, Microsoft has been notifying its third party mobile developers who have publishing agreements with the company of the change.
This point system has long been criticized for its confusing conversion and limited incremental options. I can’t say that I am surprised by this move as the controversial pricing done for the downloadable game Amy due to exchange rate differences is a clear example of the pitfalls of using a proprietary currency system.