Microsoft Cards extend across both Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.
Xbox Live Microsoft Cards – US Region
Microsoft Cards (aka Xbox LIVE Cards, or Xbox Cards) are the virtual currency in the Xbox LIVE marketplace. Microsoft Card is a universal system that works across international borders, and is even available if you don’t have a credit card. They can be used at the Xbox Live Marketplace to purchase games, themes, Gamertag pictures, original Xbox titles, game expansion material (vehicles, maps, songs, etc.) and other downloadable content. They can also be used to change a user’s Gamertag.
How Do I Get Microsoft Cards?
Microsoft Cards let everyone in on the Xbox Live Marketplace action. First, though, you need to get some. Purchasing Microsoft Cards is like putting money into a special account that you can use on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. It opens up all of the amazing premium content on Xbox Live to a whole new community of gamers.
Why Do I Want to Use Microsoft Cards?
Points let everyone on Xbox LIVE—Silver and Gold members—pick up content to enhance their entertainment experience, opening up the Marketplace to everyone in the world that is connected to Xbox LIVE. But the big deal here is that Points allow what technical types call “micro-transactions.”
On the original Xbox LIVE, transactions had to be around five dollars U.S., the minimum for most credit cards. But with Microsoft Cards, the price for most anything—maps, skins, levels, demos, and more—can be much lower than that. That’s a big deal. For example, say you want to get one of the new maps for your favorite shooter, but you’re not that interested in a few of the others. Lucky for you, Marketplace can offer each map individually for just a few points. Now that’s savings.
What Else Can I Get With Microsoft Cards?
Buy In-game Items: Cards can get you more than just maps and other multiplayer-focused features. For example, some games offer individual pieces of equipment, weapons, and other goodies that you can redeem Points for in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, even though it may be an offline, single-player game.
Buy Games: You can even find games created by other Xbox LIVE users in the Community Games section. Check out the free demo, and if you like the game, you can buy it for just a few hundred points.
Rent Movies: Instantly download HD movies, TV shows and Xbox LIVE Arcade games.
Please Note: Card dollars are region specific and non-transferable so cards purchased in one region will not be accepted for purchases in any other region