MS to offer an alternative to stored currency

Many people take issue with spending money on points which you can spend on games and the like on the Xbox Live Marketplace. It is both a needless intermediary step and an unrewarding purchase. When paying for downloads, there is no physical reward that people can use to justify the extracation of money from their accounts, so some find it difficult. The middle man of Microsoft Points only exacerbates this.

Direct credit card purchases on the sweet digital distribution horizon.

Being able to pay directly for downloads has been active for a while on the PSN, so finally, Xbox gamers will be able to ignore their worries about their stash of MSP and get on with playing that latest Saints Row 2 expansion.

Sam Finch

Sam has been unable to peel his bloodshot eyes and RSI-ridden wrists from the world of gaming since he was first introduced to it, like all good junkies, by his Grandad. From those early days of MegaDrive sweetness, bashing through the throngs of enemies on Shining Force II, his love of all things games has extended upwards and outwards onto a variety of platforms. You can either believe that spiel, or get the real scoop and know that his spaceship actually crashed here some years ago and he is currently incognito as a games writer for Console Monster.

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