It would appear that Microsoft’s virtual currency will be going the way of the buffalo, that is according to Inside Mobile Apps. The outlet is reporting that a source close to matter is claiming that Microsoft points will be phased out by the end of the year and replaced with the regional currency. While many consider this good news, some of us, mainly the ones that bought Microsoft points from Amazon on the cheap are sad to see them go.
The move away from the points system makes a lot of sense and if I were to use my deductive reasoning skills I would point to the recent ‘FIFA Hacks’ as a possible culprit. For those unfamiliar, the ‘FIFA Hacks’ refer to an exploit in FIFA 2011 and 2012 where nefarious types could gain access to your Xbox Live account to buy loads of points, turn around and sell the accounts to people via auction sites over seas; the Windows Live brute force attacks are similar in their end game, but different in execution. For more information on the hacks as well as for help if you’ve had your account hijacked, ‘HackedOnXbox.com‘ is a good place to start.
On the plus side of all this there will be less fragmentation between Xbox Live Arcade and the full retail releases that are currently available. Are you sad to see the old guard phased out or are you rejoicing from the mountain top at the news of its demise?