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Amazon Opens Xbox Live Store


Amazon Opens Xbox Live Store

At a glance, Amazon offering Xbox Live titles for sale might sound a bit odd. But it could actually signal the death of what I, at least, consider one of the most annoying aspects of Live: MS Points.

Currently only available in the US, Xbox Live Arcade titles are being offered at either $10 or $15. A $10 game on Amazon equates to a 800 MS Point game on Xbox Live itself which coincides well with the $20 cost of a 1,600 MS Point card at retail.

It's an interesting move for Microsoft. While Amazon is currently the only third party selling Live Arcade games, it seems inevitable that should this trial prove successful a number of retailers will be let in on the action.

It will be interesting, too, to see if other Xbox Live content - such as DLC and Themes - will be available.




April 9, 2009, 5:09 pm

MS Points were just stupid from the start. Why can't we just register a credit card like with iTunes and be done with it. I hate pay for points that I won't instantly use.


April 9, 2009, 5:38 pm

It's worse when buying something that's an odd number of points, I currently have 100 sitting there which I cannot use for anything. Grr!


April 9, 2009, 5:50 pm

The points system is very stupid. They might claw a few more pounds out of people for each purchase... but that just makes people far far far less likely to buy something in the first place. I don't buy anything on my xbox. Any impulse I do have to get something has a massive barrier in front of it.. firstly I have no idea, at a glance, what the real world cost is. Secondly I have to spend more money than the items costs. Maybe Microsoft just doesn't like making money from their business.


April 9, 2009, 6:56 pm

The points system is pretty absurd. I far prefer Sony's infinitely more sensible PSN system, where you register your credit card and use that (&#1635 minimum)


April 11, 2009, 5:55 am

I love Amazon's digital stores, such as downloadable games, digital software delivery, and its awesome DRM-free MP3 stores. Its Kindle and ebooks need no introduction. It's helpful they are streamlining Xbox live/games too.

On the note about Amazon, I recently came across an interesting table that details the discounts on Amazon.

It is at <a href="http://www.uberi.com">http://www.uberi.com</a>

Maybe someone will find it useful too.

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