Microsoft is making a move that only serves to produce confusion in the marketplace. For Windows 8, Microsoft has confirmed that purchases will be made in local currency. However, they also confirmed that purchases on the Xbox 360 would continue to be made in Microsoft Points, the bane of every gamer's existence.
"Microsoft Points continue to be the currency for purchasing content for the Xbox 360 console," a spokesperson told The Verge. This will surely make some people sad, some people mad, and some people confused. Here's the kicker: Xbox Video or Xbox Music will be available for purchase on Windows 8 and Xbox 360, so you will have to use Windows 8 to make the purchases in cash.
It would be so much easier for everyone if Microsoft were to go to strictly cash transactions in the local currency. While Microsoft Points aren't going away quite yet, they are definitely on their way out.