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Microsoft Points dropped in favour of real money on Xbox One

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will not use Microsoft Points for Xbox Live purchases, instead using real currency.

Xbox One gamers will be able to use their dollars, euros and pounds sterling to buy all their games, DLC, music, movies and more rather than having to rely on Microsoft Points bundles.

Being able to use real currency will allow Xbox One gamers to make their purchases far more easily on the next-generation console, paying just the list price rather than buying bundles of Microsoft Points that are very frustrating for users. This also serves to finally remove the disassociation between real money and the virtual currency; consumers might think twice about spending £18.99 on a game where previously 2100 points might not have seemed as much.

Xbox Live Gold Sharing
Microsoft has also confirmed that families using the same Xbox One console will be able to share one Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Online multiplayer gaming now becomes much more cost effective, as one Xbox Live Gold pay monthly subscription can be shared across multiple accounts on the Xbox One console.

Upload Studios
Similar to the PS4 share button on the DualShock 4 controller, Microsoft has added what they are called the Upload Studios to the Xbox One.

Gamers can share their best gaming moments and post them on social media sites via the integrated cloud gaming functionality using the Upload Studios.

They can also customise their uploaded footage with various skins and other features to make them that much more personal.

The Xbox One will also allow gamers to instantly broadcast their gameplay footage live using Twitch. Microsoft has announced a new partnership with Twitch that sees the software built into the next-generation console.

All of your gameplay experiences can now be shared instantly and live online with the gamer’s voice captured within the footage too via Xbox One Kinect.