Those Xbox 360 gamers who still have MSPoints in their online accounts will have their virtual currency converted to real money, on the 1st of March.

Last year Microsoft issued an Xbox Live update that finally did away with the proprietary currency that gamers used to buy content on Xbox Live, and instead switched to a more universal alternative: real world currencies. Gamers in the US would pay in dollars, gamers in Europe would see Euro prices, and local gamers would see their beloved rands fly out of their credit cards when they bought games and content online.

At the time of the update gamers who had MSPoints in their accounts were only prompted to convert them to real currency once they attempted to purchase content on Xbox Live. However, presumably now that the rush is over, Microsoft will now automatically do the currency conversion on the 1st of March. 400 MSPoints will get you the rand equivalent of $5, 800 MSPoints gets you the equivalent of $10, and so on. With the terrible rand/dollar exchange rate, at the moment, you might even score a little.



Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.