Buy Arcade titles with money, not MS points!
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.