Earlier this week, we learned that Windows 8 would default to local currency for media downloads and rentals, leading to rumors that Microsoft Points might be retiring. Turns out, this is not the case. Instead, Microsoft will be keeping Microsoft Points as the currency system for Xbox 360, while Windows 8 users will be using local currency for Xbox content.
"Microsoft Points continue to be the currency for purchasing content for the Xbox 360 console," a spokesperson confirmed. That said, current Xbox 360 users can still use Points to purchase and access content on a Windows 8 machine.
Confused? Honestly, you're not alone. The bottom line is Microsoft Points aren't dead yet. To avoid having to deal with Points just to access Xbox Music or Xbox Video, you'll have to stick to a Windows 8 machine. All the same content will also be available via 360, but purchasing through the console would require Microsoft Points.