Later this year, Microsoft's awful points system will be retired. Yes. In its place, you'll be buying content using the same stuff you do for everything else: your local currency. But how, exactly, is the transition going to work?

I mean, it's not as simple as it sounds. Currency values fluctuate, the price of Microsoft Points has always been up-and-down, many people will have points in their wallet that might be worth more/less now than when they paid for's complicated!


Thankfully, Microsoft seems to have taken the general decision to err on the side of the consumer's wallet.

"We have considered many factors to ensure that the amount deposited in your Microsoft account will be of equal or greater marketplace value than your Microsoft Points", a statement on Microsoft's website reads.

Sweet. Those points I put in my wallet to test avatar clothes five years ago just appreciated in value!

Microsoft account transition to local currency [Microsoft]