Aaron Greenberg: MS “never intended to mislead people” with MS Points

By Stephany Nunneley
20 January 2010 18:49 GMT


Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has revealed that the company never intended to “mislead” folks when using MS Points as currency on Xbox Live.

Greenberg explained that this was one of the reasons MS chose to forgo points and display real currency with its Games on Demand service.

“We never intended to ever mislead people,” Greenberg told G4 (via Eurogamer). “We want to be transparent about it, and so it is something that we’re looking at.

“How can we be more transparent and let people see it in actual dollars? You’ve got to think that we have one service that we’re offering around the world. The nice thing about Points is that no matter if you’re on the JPY or the EUR or the USD – something that’s 200 Points is 200 Points everywhere around the world.

“There’s more technical complexities to being able to put local prices in. You have to do that for every product in every country and you then have to deal with currency fluctuations. So there’s some challenges to that, but we absolutely did it with the Games On Demand, response has been good and absolutely it’s something we’re looking at doing.”

Greenberg also dropped the news that Microsoft’s currently looking into a fix that would allow XBL users to have more than 100 people on their friends list.

“Exactly when [a fix] happens I can’t say because there’s some technical requirements tied to it,” he said. “But I can tell you that, just like consumers, I share the same frustration and I, too, want more than 100 friends, and so know that we all want that and that we are working on getting that fixed”.

With over 39 million 360s out there, an extended friends list would give you plenty to choose from in the gamer pool.

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