The King is dead. Long live the King.
Microsoft Points cards, have finally come to an end. They were available for nearly seven years and in that time we sold over half a million cards, but last week Microsoft have officially switched off the printing presses.
All is not lost though! Existing Microsoft Points cards can still be used (and offer great value to customers; it’s like buying discounted money), and Microsoft have replaced the points cards with Microsoft Xbox Gift cards.
They’re essentially the same thing as points cards (a code which gives you money to add your Xbox account), and as ever, ordering from us means you’ll get the scanned code instantly emailed to your inbox. Enough talk! Let’s take a look at the new cards:
The cards no longer come in an actual case
So far, £15, £25 and £50 cards are available. £10 cards will follow soon…
Europe have their own cards denominated in Euros.
What do you think of the new design? Do you prefer points or currency?
On the 27th August 2013, Microsoft rolled out its scheme that replaces Microsoft Points with cash. Every previous use of Microsoft Points will now be replaced by your local currency. For the UK that means prices in British Pounds (£), the US will have prices in US Dollars ($) and much of Europe will have prices in Euros (€).
Microsoft Points cards (and codes) can still be purchased and redeemed until the end of 2014, but instead of crediting your account with Microsoft Points you’ll receive an amount in your local currency. We’ve put together a table showing you how much credit each amount of Microsoft Points will give you when redeemed on Xbox Live:
240 Microsoft Points
480 Microsoft Points
800 Microsoft Points
1200 Microsoft Points
2100 Microsoft Points
4200 Microsoft Points
Interestingly, this means European gamers can buy points codes from the UK and get far more credit than they would get when buying in their home country. For example, a 4200 points code from GamePointsNow costs €41,95 but gives the user €50,40 of credit. That’s a return of 20%!
What do you think about the move away from Microsoft Points? Did you prefer points or do you like prices in your local currency?