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Beta Testers Found Price Hike in XBL Dashboard Update (UPDATED)
Filed under: XBOX LIVE

UPDATE: Microsoft claims to be fixing this "incorrect pricing error" found in the beta test.

“We are aware that select regions experienced some incorrect game title pricing in the Xbox Live beta,” Microsoft spokesperson told GamesBeat. “This was an unintended error that we are in the process of fixing. We’ll be reimbursing impacted beta participants for the difference in what was paid and what the price will be after the update is available to all members.

"Beta programs give us a chance to test, fix, and correct issues like this,” the spokesperson continued. “As with all betas, we take the learnings from our program and make corrections and adjustments prior to the update being available to all members. As always, we appreciate the participation of our beta customers in helping us launch and build great products.”

Uh huh. So, is this an honest mistake or was MS caught in the act? Original story below.

Last week, Microsoft opened up a beta test for their upcoming Xbox Live Dashboard Update, which, amongst other things, will eliminate the use of the MSP monetary units. Many people rejoiced at the news, but a lot has surfaced since the announcement that has soured it a little. For starters, there was the news that the MSP you have in your wallet now will have an expiration date after it converts to real money. And now, beta testers in the UK have noticed an interesting price hike with the conversion.

For example, in the MSP era, 1200 MSP costs £9.99. Since joining the Dashboard Update beta, UK users have found that games that used to cost 1200 MSP cost £11.99 instead of the £9.99 they should cost.

In addition, your MSP won't convert to the new price hike. So if you have 1200 MSP, you'll receive £9.99 in the conversion, not £11.99. So not only does your current MSP have an expiration date, it's about be significantly devalued.

It's not known if a similar price hike will be seen in all territories, but you should just brace yourself for impact just in case. Oh and spend your MSP now.



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Neil Jul 11 2013, 07:01 am EDT
"it's about be significantly devalued." - typo
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