The only reason Microsoft would do it is to make even more money off Xbox live gamers, poor souls already have to pay to use it. There are a lot of people who don't own credit cards or can't be bothered to go to the store to buy the cards. Paypal can be directly linked to your bankaccount and thus if the network ever got hacked like PSN, a lot more money would be at risk as credit cards have a limit and have a fraude insurance. They just wanna make as much money of Xbox gamers as they possibly can.
Purported customer support documents indicate new payment option to be only noticeable change in console's spring update; Avatar Kinect launch set for May 27.
Source: A report on gaming blog Joystiq.
What we heard: The Joystiq report is based on a pair of documents surreptitiously slipped to the gaming blog by a member of Microsoft's tech support team. The sheets are labeled "Xbox Supportability - Release Notification" and are intended to bring customer support associates a heads-up on the product rollouts that could be complicating their jobs in the near future.
The note regarding the Xbox 360's spring update includes mention of the previously confirmed new disc format for the system, which is expected to be used by games starting later this year. However, it also contains a handful of other heretofore unknown bits of information, like a launch window for the update and details on a new PayPal integration.
According to the notes, the PayPal integration is the biggest change of the update, and indeed the only one that will be readily apparent to users. For "the only user-facing feature of this update," Microsoft is supposedly enabling PayPal payments through the Xbox 360 console itself, giving users an option to acquire Microsoft points in ways besides credit cards and retail points cards. PayPal support will also be extended to new markets internationally.
Microsoft reportedly plans to release the update in six groups between May 19 and May 30. The staggered rollout is being done "to ensure a high-quality deployment," according to the note.
Another tech support note passed to Joystiq put a worldwide May 27 date on Avatar Kinect, the new peripheral-powered chat functionality for the system first debuted at the 2011 Game Developers Conference. The download, which will be free for Xbox Live Gold members, will let the Kinect read facial expressions and replicate them on Avatars in online chat rooms for up to eight people.
The official story: Microsoft did not return GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.
Bogus or not bogus: It's bizarre to think a tech support staffer would risk being fired for leaking such minor details, but perhaps more bizarre to suggest someone would fake them. Probably not bogus.
But... to have money on a PayPal card don't you need to link it to a Debit/Credit card or directly to your bank account? Anyways, I still with either HD system offered subtitle support and .MKV support for video playback of non-disc based content.
You bet this is response to the playstation situation. Now if they are hacked there wont be as much collateral.
@obsequies How are Microsoft trying to monopolize by offering PayPal as an alternative to credit card only payments...If only PSN had offered such an alternative. I always pay via PayPal given the choice. You just sound like you hate anything Microsoft, and are therefore blinded by your hate when the do something genuinely good. Fanboys (of any console) are dum idiots.
Its a small incremental update, but giving gamers options on how to pay is definitely beneficial to all.
Added security is always a good thing, although ultimately Paypal itself is not immune to security attacks, but it would be a nice option. The XBL infrastructure is very well constructed with very high security and monitoring standards. I found the following link which gives an insight into the XBL data centre, although a bit old it gives an idea of the scale and makeup of the Live service. http://www.psu.com/forums/threads/34609-Inside-The-Xbox-Live-Operations-Center [Sorry, dont know how to do Hyperlinks on this site].
It's a good option , but then i fully suspect MS has already fully beefed up their payement security system following what happened to sony. I have used paypal before, but if i am really feeling like my info is at great risk to be stolen i will use it.Currently i see no reason to as I have confidence in xbox security sys for the moment.
bugus?? more like EXALENT! *sorry 4th grade speller here* since my cc info is stuck on my 360 for life paypal will be a good way to buy stuff incase i get ripped off
Great news. Yet another reason why I am glad I sold my PS3 a couple of weeks ago. Now I'll be able to pay for gold.
i hate xbox live's payment setup you cannot cancel without calling them there is no way to cancel a subscription without calling them i have a speach impedement so thats an issue but what i did was changed the payment to a card that no longer works so they finally shut it off lol. maybe with paypal there will be an option for subscription which you can end via paypal if you choose.
They don't have PayPal support already? Man, talk about being behind on the times. That aside, though, it's great to hear it's finally coming.
Whatever, I always used the cards, never had an issue with them....Never. It's a moot point for me anyways since I don't really turn on the 360 anymore, I don't even have my system hooked up anymore.
After the PSN debacle this sounds a bit scary but I'm looking forward to more innovation into Xbox Live. Cool.
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