Rumour: Xbox 360 to dump Microsoft Points, use real cash

Microsoft to use real currency from end of 2012

Microsoft's looking to phase out its country-spanning Microsoft Points scheme, if a report over at InsideMobileApps is to be believed.

"By the end of 2012, all transactions will be based on the region set on the purchasing account and real money will be used to purchase all Windows Phone content," the report claims, citing an anonymous source.

"The move puts the Windows Phone Marketplace in line with the purchasing practices used in the App Store and the Android Market." Your existing Microsoft Points will apparently be converted into local currency following the change. Mobile developers are apparently being warned to plan their DLC with the MP phase-out in mind.

We'll contact Microsoft for pointers. Expect them not to comment on rumour and speculation.