New Xbox Live update drops points, hikes up prices – report

Xbox 360 owners that are currently beta testing the next dashboard update have reported that download games will be more expensive when the console abandons Microsoft Points.

Microsoft announced it would be converting the Xbox 360’s currency system to real money last month, and is currently testing out the new marketplace with selected users.

However, testers have told MCV and Eurogamer that the update automatically converts leftover points into their local currency –and doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.

Eurogamer’s source told the site that titles previously priced at 1600MSP now cost 14.99. Before the update, 1600 points equated to 13.60.

Similar increases can be seen for games worth 1200MSP (11.99, previously 10.20), 800MSP (8.99, previously 6.80) and 400MSP (4.49, previously 3.20).

Meanwhile, an MCV reader told us prices have been hiked on the continent as well.

Games that were 1600MSP are now €19.99, 1200MSP are now €14.99, and 800MSP are now €9.99.

It could be that these are just test prices or errors during the beta. Microsoft has yet to announce a new pricing scheme, or even when the conversion will come into effect. The update is expected this autumn.

MCV has contacted Microsoft for comment.

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