You too Microsoft? XBL purchases to get costly for Indians


Microsoft is moving on from MS Points systems to real currency for purchases on Xbox Live and it looks like we Indians will have to shell out more for everything now on.


I wonder how Microsoft arrived at such an exchange rate; Rs70-90 for a dollar. It is one thing to ask more from gamers, it is another to charge them more than the listed price. The conversion rate will become more stark when a game hits both PSN and XBL and it’s not just games that are affected by the change of policy. Premium items such as themes which used to cost 240 points (Rs160 approximately) now costs about Rs250.


Items that used to sell for 800MS points ($10) are now being sold for Rs760. Then items that used to cost 1200 points ($15) now costs Rs940. There’s only one way to describe this — theft!


As if all this wasn’t bad enough, it has also become costlier to buy things online via XBL as opposed to buying them via retail stores. Folks at Microsoft seems to have some twisted logic in place as games are costlier by Rs200 or so if you’re buying a digital copy. For the record Bioshock Infinite costs Rs2,499 at retail now.


Thanks to Gagan and Prithvi for the heads up.

UPDATE: Looks like it’s not just Indians, even gamers in UK where affected by the policy change.

Update 2: Microsoft told Joystiq that they will refund all gamers who were affected by the price changes. “We are aware that select regions experienced some incorrect game title pricing in the Xbox Live beta. This was an unintended error that we are in the process of fixing.” Beta users affected by the incorrect prices will be reimbursed “after the update is available to all members.”

Balu writes on the gaming scene in India apart from doing game reviews. Feel free to tweet him @chupchap.