Funny how on the last past podcast we were just lamenting the XBox Live's "point system" for purchasing games, videos, services, etc. It was hardly transparent, made you do conversions and came across ... well ... as slightly dishonest.
How we pay for things in XBox is relevant for Windows phone users because, make no mistake, XBox and Zune integration are coming down the pike in addition to our Marketplace. How we pay for those services across our "three screens" will be quite relevant to the success or failure of such an ecosystem, if we can be so bold.
Luckily, Microsoft has evidently heard the cacophony of complaints regarding this system and appears to be at least re-evaluating the process. Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg said in a recent interview:
We never intended to ever mislead people. I think 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?
Well, perhaps they won't be ditching the points system, but at least they are considering improving it.
Microsoft, do us a favor: just ditch the points and go with dollars. Things are complicated enough already, and there is NO benefit for the consumer with the points system. Not a single one.