Microsoft may discontinue its virtual currency system

By on January 25, 2012 at 1:30 AM.

Microsoft may discontinue its virtual currency system

Microsoft may be preparing to discontinue its virtual currency system by the end of the year, according to¬†Inside Mobile Apps. The software giant is reportedly looking to phase out Microsoft Points in favor of real money transactions. After the switch, customers with existing Microsoft Points balances will have them converted into their local currency. Microsoft is said to have already warned mobile developers to plan their upcoming downloadable content and in-app purchases in accordance with the change. The move isn’t all that surprising; Microsoft has been gradually introducing cash purchases for its full Xbox Live games instead of using the points system, which many have seen as confusing and unnecessary. Microsoft Points are currently used to purchase games and media content on Xbox Live, the Zune Marketplace and Windows Phone, however the system isn’t used universally, with certain features using real money transactions and others using points. Microsoft declined to comment on the story. More →

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Sony’s PSN now fully restored in most markets

By on June 2, 2011 at 9:26 PM.

Sony’s PSN now fully restored in most markets

Sony announced on Wednesday that the final piece of its PlayStation Network, the PlayStation Store, is now back online after Sony’s networks were taken down due to a massive security breach. Sony also noted that it has outfitted PlayStation Plus store with new game trials, games, downloadable content, free avatars, and bigger discounts. The company’s “Welcome Back Offer,” which will provide two free games to Sony users as well as 30 days of PlayStation Plus, is in the final stages of testing and will also be available soon. More →

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Call of Duty Black Ops ‘Escalation’ map expansion now available

By on May 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM.

Call of Duty Black Ops ‘Escalation’ map expansion now available

The Call of Duty: Black Ops map expansion, called “Escalation,” is now available to Xbox Live subscribers. Escalation adds five new maps, including four that are available in multiplayer mode. As we noted back when the expansion was announced, the maps include a Russian Zoo, a Cuban hotel and casino, a weapons of mass destruction stockpile, and “convoy.” If you still haven’t had your fill slaying the living dead, the update also includes a new zombie experience called “Call of the Dead.” The update is available for $15, 0r 1200 MS points. We’re definitely downloading this just as soon as we get back from covering BlackBerry World. Frag out! More →

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