Xbox 360 update scraps Microsoft Points

Game buying system replaced by using actual local currencies effective immediately.

Microsoft has made the move to kill off its MS points system for purchasing digital items through its online stores, instead opting to use local currencies.

The now defunct MS Points were scrapped as part of an Xbox 360 update over the weekend which will convert the point prices and balances into an alternative local currency.

“As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points are being retired, and transactions on Xbox 360 are taking place using your local currency instead of Microsoft Points, offering you a new, convenient way to purchase exciting Xbox content,” explains the Xbox FAQ.

“This change allows you to use a single Microsoft account to purchase content from your Xbox 360, and apps from the Windows Phone Store for users with a Windows Phone 8.”

While initial reports on the change are coming from the US, a company representative assured gamers that the change would be rolling out across all 41 of its Xbox Live markets.

"Today we started rolling out the official release of the 2013 Xbox Live Update. To ensure a stable release, this will be a gradual deployment across members and regions,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon, adding: “Don't panic if you don’t see an immediate update, just keep checking back in."

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