According to Inside Mobile Apps, Microsoft will abandon its proprietary Microsoft Points currency by the end of the year, and begin a more direct system of exchanging real-world money for digital goods.
The move will take effect on Xbox Live, the Zune marketplace, and Windows Phones, bringing Microsoft’s platform-wide system more in line with Apple’s App store and the Android marketplace. And while it’s still an entirely unofficial, unconfirmed rumor at this point, it’s that last element (the need to compete with Apple and Google markets) that seems to give it the most credibility.
The report indicates that developers with DLC and in-app purchasing options on the way have been asked to make sure their products are in line with the new currency system, as all Microsoft Points will be converted to regional currency when the change takes effect.
Inside Mobile reports that Microsoft declined to comment on the rumor.