Microsoft Point Gifting Revealed

Just in time for Christmas, Microsoft has unveiled the option for Xbox Live users to gift Microsoft Points, the currency used to purchase downloadable games and in-game content from the Xbox Live Marketplace as well as music from the Zune Marketplace.

Currently in a beta state, the program, which also allows users to buy points for themselves, is accessible from this website.

At present, the initiative is limited to people in the United States and gift-givers must know the Windows Live ID of the intended recipient, though Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb noted that the team is looking to add the option to gift by Gamertag in the future.

From The Chatty

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    December 24, 2007 10:31 AM

    I'd be more interested in a discount for higher point purchases. Granted, the whole point system in general gets under my skin but can't we get even a slight break for buying 2000 points compared to 500?

    I don't know about Sony, but Nintendo is guilty of this as well.

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      December 24, 2007 3:10 PM

      Sony and Nintendo do a straight conversion--Nintendo points are a cent per point, and Sony just uses dollars. Why would they give any discount? Their points are just money. Even in Microsoft's case, it's still just a conversation rate, even if it's a weird one. Why a discount?