Microsoft changes purchase increment for MS Points on XBL

Saturday, 10th April 2010 15:59 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Microsoft has changed the way you purchase MS Points by allowing purchases in multiples of 400 instead of 500.

This means no more left over points in unusual amounts until you purchase more.

Points can now be purchased only in increments of 400, 800, 1600, and 4000, etc.

The change came about without much fanfare apparently, but was noticed by both D’toid and Kotaku.

No word on whether this change had anything to do with the lawsuit filed back in January over left-over points being “unusable”.

Despite the suit, Aaron Greenberg revealed during the same month that Microsoft never intended to “mislead people” with the points scheme, and only implemented it because it was easier for users in all regions.

Whatever the reason, it has been done, which should make more than just those with obsessive compulsive disorders over even numbers happy.



  1. AHA-Lambda

    Is this only ont he american xbox or worldwide?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Mad-elph

    The bigger question I always have to ask is, why do they inflate the number? why 400? why not 2. So you pay X for 2 credits. 2 credits gets you Y. Why does it need to be large numbers? Why does 80 equal 1$ USD? Why not 60, something divisible cleanly into 360? Just simplify things already. MS Points are silly.

    Personally I like the PSN cash for cash way. No confusion.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. M337ING

    Took’em long enough…

    #3 5 years ago
  4. itsucks

    @Mad-elph: Why do all games are sold complete and for 60 bucks. Why can’t I buy separate levels for a dollar… CONSPIRACY!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Paavi

    @1: Nope, still only batches of 500 points, at least with a Finnish Xbox Live account.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. SunKing

    I think this is just for the U.S. at the moment.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Mauller

    @Mad-elph: Why can’t PSN charge $7 instead of $6.99 leaving me with pennies that accumulate on my account?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. gomersoul

    @Mauller: if it’s over a fiver then the pennies don’t get left over… completely agree with mad-elph M$ points and the points system the Wii uses are just confusing. i prefer to know exactly what something will cost me

    #8 5 years ago

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