Microsoft's new Xbox 360 Dashboard removes the console's current Microsoft Points system in favour of local currency. But according to users trialling the update, the transition to real money could see online game prices increase by as much as a third.
Although discussion about the new dashboard is subject to a hefty non-disclosure agreement, the conversion rate from MSP to real currency has sparked fierce feedback on a NeoGAF thread
. The UK is the worst hit by the change, with games costing 800 MSP increasing in real-world terms from £6.80 to £8.99 - an increase of 32%.
Beta testers are also saying that converting a player's Microsoft Points to real-world currency leaves the user severely out of pocket. The process currently uses the current/old conversion rate, meaning that an aforementioned 800 MSP will translate to £6.80, not the £8.99 needed to actually purchase a game.
Of course, the conversion rates could change at any time before the new dashboard goes live to the public. Let's hope that's actually the case.