We should probably stop putting the word "micro" in front of "transaction" when talking about items in a free-to-play MMO's cash shop. I like real-money transaction, or RMT, personally. How about y'all?
In any case, the Xbox One port of APB Reloaded to the Xbox One, which launched last week, offers a range of currencies for players to buy, ranging from $5 for 400 G1C -- the game's real-money currency -- to a whopping $200 for the big package of 20,800 G1C. Buying G1C in $5/400-point chunks would set you back $260, so the $200 price tag offers a significant savings, in a manner of speaking.
...at least, these are the reports we're seeing on various sites around the Internet. Strangely, though, while I can find links to the currency bundles on Google, clicking on them brings me to an error page and I can't even find "APB" on the Xbox store site. Maybe a change is in the works? Perhaps someone with an XB1 can help verify things.
In any case, it's not like we haven't seen big packages for early access packages or in F2P cash shops before, but what makes this one so notable is that it appears to be only in the console version of the game; the PC version appears to just offer the $5/400 bundles, with no savings for big purchases. That probably makes it a tougher sell for console gamers who aren't used to seeing such eye-popping costs for their "free" games.
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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