“ The Xbox Live 2,100 Points Card keeps your gaming experience updated and unique. With these points you can download content exclusive to Xbox Live Marketplace. You can try out new and retro games or expand your existing games with premium content such as new maps and levels. „
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Microsoft points are a currency used on the Xbox 360. If you want to buy anything via your console you need to have Microsoft points. If you don't have any but go to purchase something, Xbox will prompt you to buy some directly from your console but this seems to be the most expensive way to purchase points.
There are a variety of points bundles available to buy, from smaller amounts like 240 points that usually costs only a couple of quid (but won't buy you much!), to higher amounts such as 4200 points which will cost around £35.
The 2100 Microsoft card is widely available to purchase from supermarkets, game retailers and online. The cost varies depending on where you buy it from but you are looking to pay between £16 and £18. Once purchased you have to scratch off the panel on the card to reveal your 25 digit code. The panel is easy to scratch off and is a lot like when you scratch scratch cards.
Once you have your code, to redeem it all you have to go is press the Xbox guide button, go to the left and down to 'redeem code' and enter the code into the box provided. The code is presented in 5 digit blocks so it makes for easier entry, when inputting the code it automatically puts a dash after each 5 digits that are entered so it makes it a quick and easy process. You can also redeem the pre paid code on the Xbox website by signing into your account and going to the 'my Xbox' part of the website, again this process is extremely easy.
Microsoft points really are needed when you want to add extra content on to games you play. It's what you need if you want to purchase extra game content, maps and levels. You can also buy things to jazz up your Xbox avatar with Microsoft points, though I have never done this as I don't really see the point in wasting points on a picture, I'd rather save them for more in game content. Another thing you buy with Microsoft points is HD movies and TV shows through your Xbox but I haven't done this either.
Since buying the Microsoft points cards in various amounts, I've recently found out about online retailers that sell the codes instantly and deliver it to your email address. I haven't encountered any problems with this and knowing that the codes are coming instantly is definitely a plus. Ordering them this way often means they are a little bit cheaper too and I can usually get 2100 for around the £15.50 mark, making a little saving than buying the normal cards.
I'd definitely recommend these 2100 Microsoft cards, they are a good way of buying extra game content and if buying things for an avatar is your type of thing then these are good for that too. If you want to risk buying the codes online you will save a little bit of money.
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I have bought several of these 2100 cards, most of them were ranging between £16 and £20 depending on where you buy them. GAME currently do the best deal, I get most of mine there for around £18.99 - Microsoft points are intended to add "value" to your account. Not to be mistaken with gamer points, this is something different. Microsoft points are generally over priced with arcade games costing between 200MSP and 1200MSP on the game market place on Xbox live.
These then, don't get you a long way, and I love how Microsoft have cleverly given you 2100 so if you want three arcade games for 800MSP, you need to buy a whole 2100 more you might not need, and also how most arcade games are increasing in value to 1200 more frequently despite MS point value going down. You need to buy two packs of these for two arcade games that cost the equivalent at £24 each.
The remaining £16 in Microsoft points you have are sitting on your account doing nothing just making Microsoft some money. My track record with Microsoft is definitely one that shows they rip you off, don't care about their customers and just make rubbish products.
The points sit on your account and never expire so that's a good thing, neither do the codes which is a very helpful thing if they are Christmas gifts and you buy them early in the year.the other positive with these is the variety of things you can get with them. Zune (another Microsoft company which makes money a second time when you buy movies or music from them) is on Xbox live marketplace and let's you stream live movies in full HD or buy movies to keep on your Xbox. You can also watch music videos, but I recommend the free option, which is YouTube.
Microsoft points can be easily added to your account, as they normally come in a slim cardboard box with a simple 25 digit code. Microsoft don't use characters like "I" or "O" so you don't confuse them with numbers or otherwise. This makes it much easier when entering the code so you don't enter the wrong one. There are 5 letters and numbers per block, and 5 blocks.
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If you want to rent movies, it's cheaper at blockbuster. If you want to get music and videos, use iTunes and YouTube. If you want games and add ons, then consider buying Microsoft points, but sort out if you'll have some spare and what you can spend the spare ones on. Because sooner or later you will end up with about £4 worth of points in your account you can't do anything with till you buy your next £20 worth.
The Xbox Live 2100 Microsoft points are points that can be used on Xbox Live. You don't need to be an Xbox Live gold member to use them but you need to be at least a silver member. To be a silver member all you need is to have an internet connection to connect your Xbox to. Then you need to sign up on your Xbox or on there website.
If you buy your Microsoft points in a store you need to put them on your account. To put your Microsoft points on your Xbox Live account you need to push the big button in the middle of the controller and then scroll to the left and press A on redeem code. Once you've pressed A on redeem code a screen should pop up with lots of letters and numbers set out like a keyboard asking you to enter a 25 letter/digit code. To get your 25 letter/digit code you need to scratch the back off the card. When you have scratched the back of your card you need to put the 25 letter/digit code into your Xbox. Once you have entered the 25 letter/digit code in your Xbox press A on enter and a screen should pop up showing 2100 points in the top left-and corner and a redeem now button on the bottom right-and corner. All you have to do now is press A on redeem now and your points should be on your account.
You can spend your Microsoft points on lots of stuff at the Xbox dashboard including arcade games, indie games, clothes and props for your avatar, game add-ons and rent films.
Arcade games can cost anything between 400 to 1200 Microsoft points.
Indie game usually cost 80 Microsoft points.
Clothes and props for your avatar can cost anything between 80 to 400 Microsoft points.
Game add-ons are usually map packs or characters for a game and can cost anything between 400 to 1200 Microsoft points.
I'm not sure how much Microsoft points it costs to rent a film but I think its around 400 Microsoft points.
I only usually buy Microsoft points for map packs for games like Call of Duty and spend my other points on arcade games as I find that most of the stuff is to expensive.
You can buy your 2100 Microsoft points at HMV, most game stores or big supermarkets for £17.50.
When scratching the back of the card make sure you don't scratch to hard as it can scratch the code which will make hard to see.
For people not familiar with xbox or ms points when you buy an xbox if you have a internet connection you can hook up your xbox to the internet and play other gamers around the world on the xbox live network if you buy one of their memberships that vary 3 months 12months etc depending what you want to spend.
On the xbox network you can buy game ad ons get free demos and watch previews etc and you have something called an avatar which is a animated character representing you which you can buy clothes and items for if you want which all cost ms points which is the network currency xbox uses.
These points are availible in shops like tescos asda hmv etc and each thing you buy is worth a certain amount of ms points. When you buy ms points in shops you get a ms points card which is like a lottery scratchcard and depending on price varies in how many ms points you recieve. You can purchase these online through direct debit if you need to but the shops are a tad cheaper.
The other week i somehow managed to scratch off some of the code from the card with a coin and before you ask i was not scratching so hard i could dig a hole to china. Sadly xbox keep no record of the codes so it was a waste of about £17 as i threw away the asda reciept as you do not expect that to happen as i considered myself able to opperate a scratchcard.
Anyway.... the ms point system is a great idea as it allows you to use your xbox live account (which should be free!) to the full as you can buy items for you avatar or add ons to games you have to full games if you wish although they are expensive and it took gaming to a great level as you dont need to leave your home to buy more discs for add ons if you choose to want them.
Microsoft must be coining it in especially off the people who feel the need to buy avatar stuff (each to their own) but overall its a good service and not too badly priced in some respects as if like me you have to travel 26miles (round trip) to buy some you may as well get them online unless your out where sells them.
Although its not too badly priced it still think they are a tad expensive but it is what it is and i dont imagine ms changing the tarriff anytime soon but they do have some good offers at xmas etc where you can buy some add ons half price i think on what they call black monday.
An Xbox Live Microsoft Points card is a great item if you have one! It is so useful, that you will see your points balance at zero before you know it! There is so much to buy on the Microsoft Marketplace, including games and avatar upgrades, that you can do so much with one or more cards.
The Point card has a code on the back that you register with your Xbox Live account. The points go into your balance instantly, and you are ready to start spending them. Buying items is very easy to do. For example, if you want to buy a game, all you have to do is find it in the marketplace, and there is an option that says "unlock full version" with a point amount next to it. If you have enough points in your account, you can click it, and download the full version of the game. It couldn't be easier. Buying avatar items is a similar process.
Xbox point cards make a great gift for any gamer. Since a card can be used for so many different things, getting someone a card to add to their point balance is great because they can redeem it when they see something they want.
You can find these cards in stores, online, or you can just go to the Xbox website and buy credits with any credit card.
Microsoft point cards are a great way to experience the full life of the Xbox Live community.
A while ago I bought one of these so I could download some more maps for a game. I recently used them again as I had some leftover, so decided to give my avatar an update and bought him some new clothes! I think Microsoft Points are quite expensive but I recently decided it's not their expense, but the expense of certain things you can buy with them.
Microsoft Points are the currency for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. You can use them to buy everything from game updates or downloads to gamer pictures, themes, videos, movies, rentals, demos, classic games, avatar customisations and more.
It costs £16.71 on Amazon.co.uk for 2100 points. There are loads of games you can buy such as indie ones created by the community and other arcade ones. These aren't normal full games but more arcade style, hence the name. If you do the maths for this price, 1 point equates to 0.79p. Therefore, some of the stuff is quite expensive - you can buy a full call of duty outfit for your avatar for 400 points. This is £3.18! In my opinion this is a rip off, despite it being a full costume and slightly more popular than others.
I would say a generous price for this is around £2. T Shirts are mostly priced at 80 points, which equates to 63p or so, which isn't bad but once again, they should cost more around 40p, which is a bit more generous. The reason I say this is because you can spend over £16 on these points and they are gone in no time! An Xbox Original such as Halo: Comabt Evolved costs 1200 points. This is £9.48. You can buy this for less than that online and you get a hard copy of the game. With all this stuff saved on your hard drive, it's quite dangerous if it breaks like mine once did as you will lose it all - all your games, saves. Perhaps if you have Xbox Live, you may be able to recover some stuff through there luckily.
The points can buy a whole range of things but they are quite expensive. I'm not surprised I hear people trying to scam others online to get points off them for example they will say 'I can unlock you this, but you must give me 1600 points'. Some of the stuff is tempting to buy - there are some good arcade games out there, and it's fun to customsie your avatar. Luckily there are plenty of clothing items you can use on your avatar from default so you aren't too restricted. The possibility to buy full classic games with these is quite cool, and the ability to buy a movie for the night is exciting too, although you have to wait for it all to download, which can take a while depending on your internet. I'd recommend the points card if there is something you have your eye on, but I still think a lot of the items are quite expensive.
Thanks for reading!
Microsoft Points are the virtual currency that provide easy purchases for Microsoft's headlining products: Zune and the Xbox 360. On the Zune, these points are used to purchase music, music videos and films. On the Xbox 360, they are used to buy all of the above, along with Arcade Games and Game Add-on's. This means the points are much more useful if you have an Xbox 360 because it is cheaper, and easier, to buy music from iTunes or Amazon. Whereas you cannot buy the Game Add-ons from anywhere else, so the points are a necessity for expanding your favourite games on the Xbox 360...
Buying the Points
The thing that sets Microsoft Points apart from any other payment system (PlayStation Network, iTunes, Amazon, etc.) is that you never need to give your Credit/Debit Card details to Microsoft. This means essentially two things:
One , if you believe big corporations' use your personal details for bad, then you never need to hand over any details in order to purchase the points.
Two , you don't have to keep on keying in your Credit/Debit Card number, when you want to buy a relatively small item, which is both time consuming and frustrating at times.
So you may be thinking 'Where do I buy these points from then?' and that is simple: almost anywhere! The points are available readily online from all the major retailers, from Microsoft themselves (at a higher price than you are likely to find anywhere else!), and they are also available on the High Street, from shops such as Game and HMV. The variety of places to buy the points from means that if you shop around, you can really find a good bargain. I would recommend looking at deal finding websites, such as HotUKDeals, to find the cheapest prices - doing this, I was able to purchase the £34.99 (RRP) 4200 Points Card, for only £19.99!
The points are also available online from websites that instantly deliver a code to your email address, and although my friends have done this in the past, I prefer purchasing solid goods - that way I know that if anything goes wrong I have something to fall back on. Old fashioned I know...
Using the Points
Once the points have been purchased, redeeming them is extremely simple. You can either redeem the points on the Xbox 360 itself, or from the Xbox.com website. Due to the fact that you have one account, it doesn't matter where the points are redeemed; they will still apply across all of your Microsoft products.
- Redeeming on the Xbox: This process is painstaking because you have to key in a 25-digit code, all using the Xbox Controller. However once you have reached the end of the code the points are ready there and then for Xbox purchases. A small but brilliant feature Microsoft has included in the Xbox keying in system is that if you make a mistake the first time around, the code remains in the type box, so all you have to do is identify the wrong digits and change them. This doesn't sound like a revolutionary feature, but a few years ago, this was not the case, and one small mistake meant that you had to retype the entire code - doing it once is painful, doing it twice was enough to not touch the Xbox for a few hours!
- Redeeming on the Computer: Compared to the Xbox controller, a proper Keyboard is heavenly! The whole process is also very simple. You just sign in to Xbox.com, select 'My Account' from the drop-down menu and then click 'Redeem Code'. After typing in the code, you just need to fire up your Xbox and start buying! I would definitely recommend buying the products via the Xbox because if you buy them from your computer, your Xbox still has to download them, which is an added time expenditure - the selection process is also more relaxing on the Xbox and you can just be sat in your living room while browsing...
If you are apprehensive about remembering all of this then don't fret, in the box is an extremely simple guide that runs you through both processes!
To put the amount of content into perspective, you have to download two entire different stores if you want to purchase Movies and Music on the Xbox! Normally this would be a pain, but the sheer volume of content relieves any suffering. Personally I buy mainly Game Add-ons because they cannot be purchased any other way. Most games have Add-ons and usually they are very fulfilling. In the last few months the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Map Packs have taken up 3600 of my 4200 points, but these are points I am willing to part with because these Add-ons have given new life to an already old game.
To put the points into real terms, 3600 points is roughly £31 (conversion from 'www.xboxpointsconverter.co.uk'). Which considering I paid £20 for 4200, I can't complain with that return. However considering I initially paid £30 for the game, you have to ask whether or not the add-ons should cost a little less?
Buying movies on the Xbox is a simple process - you just search for a film (which is simple due to a well organised menu and competent search bar) and then purchase the film in either HD or standard quality. The HD price is usually 100 Microsoft Points more, but it is in HD - as long as you have an HDMI cable connecting your Xbox 360 and Television. You can choose to rent or to but a film, which is a great feature, but if you have a Netflix subscription, the whole Movie Store is pointless because Netflix is available on the Xbox. Netflix is a better service than the Xbox Movie Store, but if you don't have Netflix and want to rent a film without going out, the Xbox Store is a great option! A standard quality film costs around 360 Microsoft Points, which translates to £3, which is no more expensive than Blockbuster...
Buying Music I find pointless on the Xbox - if I want music I can just plug my iPod into the USB port. From the Zune Marketplace, songs cost £0.99, which is the same price as iTunes, but iTunes has a far greater variety of music. If you have a Zune, maybe this feature is useful, but I still don't see why. I had a Zune and was still buying Music from iTunes - in the words of Apple, 'It just works', which Microsoft products don't always with the same amount of ease.
A relatively new feature on the Xbox Marketplace is Avatar Items. These cost from 50 Microsoft points, for basic items to 500 Microsoft Points for whole costumes and accessories. I don't really know why Microsoft have included this feature because at the same time as the Avatar Items were released, so were Avatar Awards - which provide items for completing in-game challenges. This means if you just play games you get new items and clothes to customize your Avatar with - you don't, in my opinion, need to purchase anything!
In the UK, you can buy Microsoft Points in 1200, 1600, 2100 and 4200. You can also purchase a 500 Points Card from Microsoft, but not from anywhere else. Personally I buy a 4200 Points Card twice a year. I do this not because of any financial reason, just simply because 8400 points will happily last a year with the amount of content I purchase. Assuming that you pay £25 for a 4200 card, £50 is a lot to pay a year, on top of the Xbox Live Gold Subscription which is £40 for thirteen months, you are paying roughly £90 to play a console that already costs £200! This is a lot, nobody can deny that, but you have to put it into perspective. I am a seventeen boy, so spent a lot of time on my Xbox, some may say too much time... This means that for me, the cost is worth it, for a more casual gamer I would recommend buying a lower value of Points Card because you are unlikely to play enough for the cost to be worth while.
The one problem with the Points system is that you don't have a choice but to buy blocks of points. This means that if you want a game add-on that costs 800 Microsoft Points, you have to buy a block of 1200... Microsoft tries to get around this by pricing items around the blocks, but I am still quite often left with 100 or 150 Microsoft Points, which buys very little! I can save these points until I next add more points to my account but then I am left with 300 Points at the end... You can probably see where this is going, but this is a problem.
If you own a Zune, you don't need these points. It is as simple as that. iTunes is a better store, with a greater selection of songs, some of which are cheaper...
However if you own an Xbox 360 you need these points. Even if you think, as I do, that they are over-priced. Even if you don't want to buy movies or music, you still need these points to buy game add-ons. This would be unreasonable if the game add-ons weren't so good! If you enjoy Xbox gaming, then buy these points and make your favourite game last twice as long... Personally I loved Fallout 3, and due to the three add-ons I am able to still play the game, despite it ending, which I think is brilliant!
This comes in very useful for your Xbox 360, because you can spend it on what you like and when you like. There are many things you can spend these points on including, xla games (Xbox live arcade games) which are games that you can buy from the Xbox exclusively and not from the shops. You can get great games for really cheap including, 'Risk Factions', this is a great version of the classic game of risk and it only costs 800msp (Microsoft Points) and Toy Soldiers which comes to life for only 1200msp. You can get some really great bargains because in the shops new games can cost from £40 and from Xbox you are paying a fraction of the price.
You can get Films. This includes the latest and greatest DVD titles for you to download and rent for a reasonable price. They have different categories and different prices and it normally starts from just 240msp. You can rent standard or high definition movies and every film differs in price, they even have the old classics there for you to rent.
The main reason I buy Microsoft Points is to get the latest dlc for my games (Downloadable content). I have bought many new dlc for the newest releases including, call of duty: modern warfare 2, Call of duty: World at war and also Gears of war 2. Sometimes they have offers where the prices are 30% off and sometimes even 50% off which i find an absolute bargain!
You can even buy clothing with the Microsoft Points for your avatar that you can customise accordingly to your taste. You can get many different types of clothing, from films including Toy Story 3, you can dress up as your favourite character either Buzz Lightyear or Woody. You can even dress up as characters from your favourite games including, Gears of War 2 and Halo.
Prices of 2100 Microsoft points are normally are £17-£18 and you can get them in many places including game, Gamestation, Play.com. But at the moment it looks as though Amazon has the best price at £16.71, but I am sure you can find it cheaper if you look around a bit.
These Microsoft points have helped me to get the most out of my games for a really reasonable price and are definitely worth it. If you want to buy new things off your Xbox 360, without putting your card details onto your Xbox, this is a great way and it is really easy to redeem the code. I give this an effortlessly 5 out of 5. :D
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For those of you who have an xbox console but are not yet online, you are missing out on alot! Yes the games are great on single player but a whole new level is brought when you hit the net!
For those of you who are online you will no doubt have noticed the growing online sales options, everything from clothes for your character to additional game content, there is a lot to choose from. All of these additions can be purchased and downloaded within a few minutes and the content is paid for using Microsoft points. The points are purchased in bulk and can be bought in one of two ways. They can either be purchased on pre-paid cards from game stores such as Game and Gamestation as well as main stores such as Argos and Asda.
The other way they can be purchased is via payment over xbox live, this involves inputting you card details and payment is made straight away from which the points are added straight to your account.
The downloadable content is never a disappointment and i have never had any issues with payments and receiving the credits however i have generally found that the credits purchased are more then necessary for the content meaning that there are sometimes remainders in your account but these can of course be saved for the next time.
From my experience the cheapest and quickest way of getting hold of Microsoft points is from purchasing them from amazon.co.uk.
Would highly recommend the purchase of these points, a simple price to pay for some great additional content.
For those with an Xbox 360, which is connected to the internet, Microsoft Points are the way to go in the world of content and game downloads from the Xbox Live Marketplace. It is basically money for your Xbox, and you can use these points to buy things like extra songs for Guitar Hero games, Map Packs for Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, or just download some games to your Xbox hard drive. You can also buy themes for your Xbox 360, Avatars and Videos.
The way most people (including myself) buy these points for the Xbox is by buying a prepaid card from a store or website, that you scratch a panel from to reveal a code made up of numbers and letters. This code is then entered into the reede code section from your Xbox dashboard, and once redeemed, the points are then added to your Xbox Live Account for you to spend on anything you wish to download to your Xbox 360.
The most common card bought among my friends and family seems to be the 2100 points card. There is other denominations available, and these include the 1200 points, and 4200. The 2100 points usually costs around £20, but it can be bought cheaper, depending in where you shop for it. I usually buy my points from Amazon as this appears to be the cheapest place to buy them. You can currently get the points on Amazon for £16.79. They are also available online at play.com, on Games website and many other places too.
They are available on the high street too, and you can buy them in Game, Gamestation, Blockbuster, WH Smith, Clintons and Morrisons (on the gift card rack). Prices differ from store to store, so it is best to look around and see what the best deal you can find is. I recommend these to anyone with Xbox Live, as it is a great way to keep your gaming up to date, and stops you getting bored from playing the same games too often.
Xbox LIVE's Microsoft Points are useful for more than one thing. Shortened to MSP, the points themselves can buy you a variety of different things.
The Xbox LIVE Arcade is the obvious reason to buy MSP. Every week, Microsoft release new XBLA games. These games are different to your average retail game as they are often smaller and a lot less heavy on the eyes. Mostly fun and easy to just sit down and play, these games are a popular touch to the Marketplace.
The next obvious reason to buy points is for DLC. DLC stands for Downloadable Content. DLC is additional content that you download from the Marketplace that adds more onto retail games. Whether it be extra chapters to the game, new weapons, additional multiplayer maps or new characters, DLC is useful and developers can always bring out new content without the release of a new game.
With the new NXE (New Xbox Experience), you can also purchase items for your avatar. Be unique and create a character different to anyone else by changing their outfit or add a dancing monkey to entertain your friends.
You can also buy themes or gamer pictures for your Xbox to decorate your personal Xbox space.
For those of you who don't know - Microsoft points or 'MSP' are Microsoft's currency the xbox 360. With these points you can buy downloadable content for games, Xbox live arcade games, costumes and props for your avatars and even themes and gamer pictures to brighten up your dashboard.
This particular deal (£15.99) for 2100 MSP is a great deal, as the average expansion pack for a game is 800 MSP. This means you can by two expansion packs for your games and have enough left over to purchase some clothes for your avatar or a theme or two.
Or you could buy an Xbox Live Arcade game. These are sort of budget games that run off your hard drive. They're not as grand as most full price retail games but are incredibly value for money. Most can be bought for 800MSP (about £6.00) so if you get this 2100 points card than that enables you to buy 2 arcade games.
The only real issue with these points is that they often leave you with left overs that you can't really buy much with. Additional songs for music game like guitar hero or rock band cost 80 - 160MSP each. This leaves an odd number. It'd be much better with you could buy the points in increments of 800MSP but Microsoft won't do this as it means you end up buying less points.
Another bad thing about these is that they come in a game (DVD) case (inside being the credit card with the code to redeem the points). Although this looks nice and is very showy it's bad for the environment and a waste of a case - simply not necessary.
I still think it's worth buying however, as it's the only way to get DLC as soon as it comes out and other stuff. Also I hear Microsoft are planning on getting rid of the cases which is a good thing.
Microsoft Points, abbreviated as MS Points are the currency for the online gaming experience that is XBOX Live. These points can be purchased in two ways, either by purchasing scratchcards available in various denominations, the most common being the 2100 point card and costs roughly £17.50 but i've seen it for as much as £20. Unlike games, the price of these cards rarely fluctuates unfortunately so shopping around can prove a bit of a waste of time for the sake of a few pennies.
The other way these points can be purchased is via the XBOX console itself by entering your credit card details through the machine's dashboard. (the XBOX's front end, or desktop to use computer speak) I've not done this however after being told that it's not possible to delete details from the XBOX itself and i've not had a problem buying the widely available scratchcards so this hasn't been a problem for me.
The points themselves can be spent on various things on the XBOX Live 'Marketplace' which is basically an online store where you can purchase a range of games or choose to rent movies although a fairly lengthy download can be involved with this and in my opinion represents pretty poor value for money. Other items you can buy include various forms of downloadable content. These can be song packs for music games like Guitar Hero or Rock Band or map packs for online play. The options are very varied and will vary from game to game.
One small issue I with these points is how they're sold in denominations which don't fit the pricing structure of what's available. Most things are priced at 400 or 800 points and you're usually left with the odd hundred points with nothing to spend them on. This makes decent business sense for Microsoft who know you'll need to buy another card to clear your balance but can be an irritating when you're left with an unspendable amount of points.
Microsoft Points is currency which can be spent in the online Xbox Marketplace. It can be used to buy a number of different things on there. In order to use it you will need Xbox Live (works on both 'Silver' and 'Gold').
The points card comes with a code which you simply enter on your Xbox and the points are then added onto your account instantly. It can also be redeemed on xbox.com by logging into your account.
This makes for a great gift item for a fellow Xbox 360 user as instead of getting them a game they may or may not like or having to ask them what games they want you can get them this. It will always please them because it allows the user to choose exactly what they want to spend the points on.
The points can be spent on a number of different things such as DLC (down-loadable content) e.g. map packs for Gears of War 2, Halo 3 or even campaign extensions such as GTA IV The Lost and Damned. They can also be spent on Arcade games including popular titles like Castle Crashers or the newly released Shadow Complex. Buying DLC and arcade games is what I always spend my points on like a lot of other people. You can also use them to rent moves in regular format or HD (HD costs more points). They can also be spent on customizing your avatar or your dashbored. In my opinion buying premium themes or shirts for your avatar is a bit of waste of points but if you want to then go right ahead.
One annoying thing is you can never buy exactly how many points you need as you always have to buy extra. For example if you need 1600 or 1200 points you can't buy that as codes can only be bought for 2100 and 4200 points. This means you always have to pay a little extra. However when GTA IVs DLC came out (The Lost and Damned) you could buy the exact 1600 points because of the special 1600 point card they had released. This card has now been pulled off shelves and is no longer available sadly.
Overall if you want to make the most of Xbox Live and buy DLC or arcade games then you will defiantly need to buy this card. As mentioned before I think this makes for a great gift item for someone.
It's tricky to review what is essentially electronic currency. On the one hand, this is the only way you're going to be able to experience the delights of Castle Crashers, Trials HD, Rez HD and countless other excellent Xbox Live Arcade titles. It's also the only way you're going to be able to experience great add-ons for games such as Rock Band and Crackdown, though some titles have started to release additional add-on discs for those who are without the internet.
So it's difficult then, and essentially it's the exchange rate that's up for review here. Back in the days when Xbox Live Arcade was all new and shiny, Microsoft imposed a limit of 50mb for all XBLA titles - And games were priced accordingly so. You'd expect practically all titles to appear around the 800 points range, with the odd 1200 pointer popping up here and there to make you mutter under your breath. Retro titles, too, would appear at a bargain price of 400 points - Meaning for 2100 points you could grab yourself a bag full.
That was then, though, and since that time the embargo on +50mb games has been lifted. Castle Crashers was the first game to lift the limit, and many soon followed, until the recent Shadow Complex turned up at a whopping 850mb - A far cry from the days of tiny arcade titles, we're now entering the stage of fully fledged releases worthy of a disc print.
So why am I bringing this up? Well, with the increase of time and budget comes the increase in price, and with the increase in price comes the need for more points. Rarely is a title released these days without a price tag of 1200MP, some games even higher than that.
With that in mind, what does 2100 Microsoft Points get you? One full game with the hope of a cheaper game at 800 and 100 points change left in your virtual pocket.
Add-ons too have become steeper. A full album from the Rock band archive will set you back at least 1600 points, leaving you with virtually nothing. There is, however, a solution.
You see, there are various sellers on Ebay who sell 4000 Microsoft Points for a price that's cheaper than the 2100 you see here. Are they a scam? No, they're American. Unusable on your current gamertag, perhaps, but setting up an American gamertag is as easy as thinking of a new name.
So it's with regret that I have to lower my rating for Microsoft Points, or European ones at least. Once again, we get the bum rap when it comes to content and pricing, and in this day and age, we need all the help we can get.