Xbox 360 getting PayPal support?

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.

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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.

Avatar Kinect might launch later this month.

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.

Discussion

26 comments
NegasBlack
NegasBlack

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.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

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.

drokmore
drokmore

You bet this is response to the playstation situation. Now if they are hacked there wont be as much collateral.

endouken
endouken

@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.

obsequies
obsequies

theres microsoft again..trying to monopolize crap..they really piss me off

DesertLynx83
DesertLynx83

I might've considered this before the whole PSN debacle...I think I'll pass.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Its a small incremental update, but giving gamers options on how to pay is definitely beneficial to all.

BigRigs93
BigRigs93

The new disc format seems intresting, the rest not so much :D

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

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].

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

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.

monson21502
monson21502

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

organbank
organbank

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.

Evenios
Evenios

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.

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

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.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Sounds cool, don't know if I will use it but its a good idea.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

@megakick but will paypal want to work with SONY? (if it ever comes back online) 'fixed

megakick
megakick

but will paypal want to work with SONY?

zzamaro
zzamaro

I'd like to see this. I think Paypal is a very secure way to shop online.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

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.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Sony should also look into PayPal support, especially after recent events.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

This is jusy in cease they get hacked but u know what good 4 Microsoft I like it

wolf0
wolf0

this is good i only pay online with paypal

BAD-C0MPANY
BAD-C0MPANY

After the PSN debacle this sounds a bit scary but I'm looking forward to more innovation into Xbox Live. Cool.