Microsoft is set to replace its proprietary currency with real-world money by the end of the year, according to a company source.
Transactions across Xbox Live, Windows Phone and the Zune Marketplace will all be affected if the source, who spoke to Inside Mobile Apps, is correct.
Microsoft currently uses both real-world money and MS Points for online payment, with full games listed in local currency but DLC purchased using points.
If the change goes ahead, it will bring Microsoft's virtual stores in-line with others such as Apple's App Store and Sony's PlayStation Network which already use regional pricing, arguably offering greater clarity to customers.
It would also fix the problem of having to buy more MS Points than are needed due to them only being available in fixed amounts.