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Yes, There Is A Way To Get $5 In Microsoft Points

If you buy your Microsoft Points by entering a credit card right on the Xbox 360, you might find it frustrating that they’re sold in increments of 500 points, as in 500 points for $6.25 and 1000 points for $12.50. The reason it’s frustrating is that most games on Live are $5 or $10, or 400/800 points, leaving you with extra points floating around after every purchase. Gamers have complained about being stuck with the change, but Microsoft doesn’t seem to want to budge.

Luckily, someone realized that Microsoft did have a website selling MS Points normally: Go to this page on (you’ll need to create a Zune account, which is literally just five clicks), and you can purchase points in these increments:

  • 400 Microsoft® Points: Zune™ Price: $5.00
  • 1200 Microsoft® Points: Zune™ Price: $15.00
  • 2000 Microsoft® Points: Zune™ Price: $25.00
  • 4000 Microsoft® Points: Zune™ Price: $50.00

Since Zune and Xbox Live use the same MS Points, the ones you buy on will work just as good, and you won’t be stuck holding the change. Rejoice, gamers, as this simple annoyance in your lives is rectified!
(via Digg)

Keep in mind, of course, that you can always buy MS Points in decent increments on pre-paid cards (and usually save some money, thanks to coupons and discounting), like this 1600 Point ($20) card, which can conceivably be had for $18 with free shipping (on a $30 order) on Amazon.

December 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Zune, Xbox Live, Windows Media, Xbox 360, Xbox | no comments