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One thing Microsoft announced at their E3 press conference was that they would be phasing out the use of Microsoft Points (MSP) currency for the Xbox Live Marketplace. This was met with many cheers, and many people, including myself, have assumed that the transition would be a seamless one. Microsoft has a system in place for the conversion of points, something those who funded points directly from their credit or debit cards have clearly seen. However, according to the Xbox FAQs that were recently posted about this upcoming transition, how they will be transitioning SOME OF THE POINTS is squirrelly at best.
Obviously, when the transition happens, some MSP cards will still be floating around retail stores. Should you purchase them? Are they any good? The answer is yes, and after you deposit them into your account, Microsoft will convert them and all will be well. The same can not be said for points you already have sitting in your account at the time of the transition.
The purchased funds you deposit into your account after the transition will not expire. However, the funds we deposit into your account at the time of the transition will expire one year from the deposit date.
If you have MSP saved up for a rainy day, know that you have one year from the time of transition to use them before they disappear forever. That's right; money you or loved ones have spent on these points will simply disappear in a year. There seems to be no explanation as to why these particular points are being singled out, whereas any points you deposit after the transition will be fine. One would think that it shouldn't matter, converted points are converted points, but it seems to matter to Microsoft.
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