Xbox LIVE introduced Microsoft’s micro-transaction platform to make purchases against Microsoft Points that can be purchased. Xbox has had Microsoft Points for a while allowing users to purchase game addons and other multimedia content. Microsoft Points is like a virtual currency for the Xbox world. As Microsoft explains it, they introduced Points to replace credit cards that had a minimum of $5 restriction.
Windows Phone 7 game Beards & Beaks is the first to introduce Microsoft Points integration. The game has been developed by Microsoft Game Studio. (Looks like they called dibs on the feature.) Kev J from Electronic Theatre discovered the feature and has explained the Microsoft Points integration. According to Kev, a user can use Microsoft Points to refill Mushrooms that can be used for special abilities in the game.
Points can be bought from Microsoft or other marketplaces like Amazon etc. Prices are:
- 400 Microsoft Points – $4.99
- 800 Microsoft Points – $9.99
- 1600 Microsoft Points – $19.99
- 4000 Microsoft Points – $49.99
- 6000 Microsoft Points – $74.99
Microsoft Points integration could be how Microsoft will offer game upgrades like more levels for Angry Birds. I’m done with the current levels, I can haz moar pigs, plis! Magazine and news paper subscriptions could also be offered against Microsoft Points.