Xbox Now Takes PayPal

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Xbox Now Takes PayPal

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Xbox Live customers who are iffy about giving their credit card to the internet can now pay for their online fun with PayPal.

Gamers today might be a little more hesitant to throw their credit card information around on the internet than they have in the past, and with good reason. But there's so much awesome stuff out there! What do you do when your itch to spend money collides with your fear of some scumbag hacker getting his greasy paws on it? You use PayPal!

No, PayPal is not infallible, but it does add another layer of security between your precious user data and the nefarious ne'er-do-wells who are constantly seeking ways to get at it. "You can use PayPal to buy Microsoft Points without having to associate your credit card information to your Xbox Live account," Major Nelson explained on his blog. "It's pretty easy and just like adding a credit card to your account. Sign in to Xbox.com and head to the account summary page. From there choose 'Manage Payment Options' (from the left navigation menu) then click 'Add a new PayPal Account.' Follow the instructions and you'll be set up in no time."

Naturally, there are a couple of catches. You'll need a PayPal account, you'll have to reside in the United States and you can only buy Microsoft points on Xbox.com, not directly through your Xbox 360. But if you can live with those conditions, then you can enjoy all the convenience of buying stuff online without having to sweat about getting done PSN style.

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XBLA PayPal FTW!

At least for Americans.

This is great timing with the PSN fiasco and all. PSN should really get off their ass and follow this. Err, I mean, everyone everywhere should.

Great - now what about removing credit cards that are already on your account?

"What do you do when your itch to spend money collides with your fear of some scumbag hacker getting his greasy paws on it? "

You go to any good gamesstore and buy Microsoft Points/memberships?
PayPal are quite evil, I know this from experience :(

I'm genuinely curious: how is PayPal safer than Xbox live? I've always avoided PayPal because of all the phishing and scams I've heard associated with it.

cynicalsaint1:
Great - now what about removing credit cards that are already on your account?

This. It keeps one card stored that is impossible to remove without jumping through a bajillion hoops to get it fixed, including hour long phone calls to someone who couldn't care less. It wouldn't be terrible if it didn't have the auto update for subscription permanently stuck to "on".

This paypal thing makes no difference to me, though, being all European and un-American like.

Bah!

That's good news for us paranoid folks.

Sun Flash:

cynicalsaint1:
Great - now what about removing credit cards that are already on your account?

This. It keeps one card stored that is impossible to remove without jumping through a bajillion hoops to get it fixed, including hour long phone calls to someone who couldn't care less. It wouldn't be terrible if it didn't have the auto update for subscription permanently stuck to "on".

This paypal thing makes no difference to me, though, being all European and un-American like.

Bah!

This is very very true, they still did not remove my account number even after promising that it would be done. One the flip side they did offer a year of Live for a reduced cost, sadly I lacked the money.

What the fuck, you said it could be done outside of the US earlier.
Isn't paypal support in the US, like, old news?

They should get their asses up and do it properly already.
I can buy anything from steam via paypal since forever.
Without "adding" a paypal account to my steam one, mind you. What's up with that?

It's just going to to their website, pointing towards a live account, sending dosh and shoving those bullshit e-points that are meant to obfuscate your money and maximize how much you spend onto this account.
Not rocket science.
Why would they, at any point, need the account "added"?
Are they trying to be "creative" here?
Like with games for windows live?

This is really cool, good for any americans I guess (damn you all!)

now I just want to see what hank man has to say about this.

McMullen:
I'm genuinely curious: how is PayPal safer than Xbox live? I've always avoided PayPal because of all the phishing and scams I've heard associated with it.

What are you talking about? Paypal has never phished anyone, nor are there any legitimate stories.

Literally the only reason I havent started buying DLC is because I dont have a credit card and the nearest shop at which I can buy Microsoft Points is quite a way away...and yet my Paypal account is sat around, feeling neglected.

They really need to bring this to the UK too.

McMullen:
I'm genuinely curious: how is PayPal safer than Xbox live? I've always avoided PayPal because of all the phishing and scams I've heard associated with it.

They accept paypal on amazon and ebay. It doesn't exactly scream disreputable.

well as ive been a staunch believer in only purchasing game cards i think im safe and dont need this but its nice to know

Eri:

McMullen:
I'm genuinely curious: how is PayPal safer than Xbox live? I've always avoided PayPal because of all the phishing and scams I've heard associated with it.

What are you talking about? Paypal has never phished anyone, nor are there any legitimate stories.

I know what they mean. Ive got several emails from "Paypal" that look totally legit asking for stuff, and if my brain werent so big that it sometimes shows through my mouth, I may have gone ahead with their requests for a new card being added to my account. Im sure these stories are people that have followed these emails absolutely believing it to be Paypal, and then not realised it wasnt afterwards, rather than spreading lies deliberately.

paypal will triple charge then lock records so that the user can't prove they did.

A sly move from MS. At least they are learning from Sony's mistake and making their service to appear more appealing.

Ghengis John:

McMullen:
I'm genuinely curious: how is PayPal safer than Xbox live? I've always avoided PayPal because of all the phishing and scams I've heard associated with it.

They accept paypal on amazon and ebay. It doesn't exactly scream disreputable.

Eri:

McMullen:
I'm genuinely curious: how is PayPal safer than Xbox live? I've always avoided PayPal because of all the phishing and scams I've heard associated with it.

What are you talking about? Paypal has never phished anyone, nor are there any legitimate stories.

I'm not saying PayPal itself is corrupt. I'm asking why it is safer for PayPal to have my info than it is for Microsoft to have my info. One giant company seems as good as another, and PayPal seems a more obvious target than MS. Does PayPal have better security?

Jonathan Bradford:

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cynicalsaint1:
Great - now what about removing credit cards that are already on your account?

This. It keeps one card stored that is impossible to remove without jumping through a bajillion hoops to get it fixed, including hour long phone calls to someone who couldn't care less. It wouldn't be terrible if it didn't have the auto update for subscription permanently stuck to "on".

This paypal thing makes no difference to me, though, being all European and un-American like.

Bah!

This is very very true, they still did not remove my account number even after promising that it would be done. One the flip side they did offer a year of Live for a reduced cost, sadly I lacked the money.

https://live.xbox.com/en-US/account

1. Edit Payment Options
2. Find Card
3. Hit Remove (x)
4. PROFIT!!!??

vf501:

Jonathan Bradford:

Sun Flash:

This. It keeps one card stored that is impossible to remove without jumping through a bajillion hoops to get it fixed, including hour long phone calls to someone who couldn't care less. It wouldn't be terrible if it didn't have the auto update for subscription permanently stuck to "on".

This paypal thing makes no difference to me, though, being all European and un-American like.

Bah!

This is very very true, they still did not remove my account number even after promising that it would be done. One the flip side they did offer a year of Live for a reduced cost, sadly I lacked the money.

https://live.xbox.com/en-US/account

1. Edit Payment Options
2. Find Card
3. Hit Remove (x)
4. PROFIT!!!??

No, sadly no profit. For those who started the account in their pre-adult years there is an issue removing/verifying your account, getting messages about "restricted content," etc. While they'll accept my new account information if I provided it removing the old one "manually" is impossible for me.

Jonathan Bradford:

No, sadly no profit. For those who started the account in their pre-adult years there is an issue removing/verifying your account, getting messages about "restricted content," etc. While they'll accept my new account information if I provided it removing the old one "manually" is impossible for me.

Lame then. Guess I'm lucky I started on LIVE after 18 then.

Hang on, I wonder if that was what my Mum was talking about earlier... I wasn't really paying attention, and I heard something about Live, and PayPal, and credit cards...

McMullen:
I'm not saying PayPal itself is corrupt. I'm asking why it is safer for PayPal to have my info than it is for Microsoft to have my info. One giant company seems as good as another, and PayPal seems a more obvious target than MS. Does PayPal have better security?

I think that due to recent events, people now believe that PSN and LIVE aren't as secure as they once thought. Paypal though, still has a watertight reputation and seems like a convenient alternative. Security is one thing Paypal has had to refine after so many years and I think that simply because of the PSN fiasco people would like to have their options open when it comes to giving out sensitive info.

vf501:

Jonathan Bradford:

No, sadly no profit. For those who started the account in their pre-adult years there is an issue removing/verifying your account, getting messages about "restricted content," etc. While they'll accept my new account information if I provided it removing the old one "manually" is impossible for me.

Lame then. Guess I'm lucky I started on LIVE after 18 then.

I might have just been doing something wrong but my friend cannot get his removed either, the auto-renew is one of the most annoying things they have implemented in my opinion.

lol, nicely done!

Damn good thinking on Microsoft's part there! I guess they've been scrambling to cover their asses since the PSN fiasco. Glad to see they can learn from the mistakes of others, even if they can't learn from their own.

Sun Flash:

cynicalsaint1:
Great - now what about removing credit cards that are already on your account?

This. It keeps one card stored that is impossible to remove without jumping through a bajillion hoops to get it fixed, including hour long phone calls to someone who couldn't care less. It wouldn't be terrible if it didn't have the auto update for subscription permanently stuck to "on".

This paypal thing makes no difference to me, though, being all European and un-American like.

Bah!

I hate the 'no turning off renewal' shit they pull, but I can report that the phone call to do so lasted under ten minutes (8.40 ish). I remember this because I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that I was talking to someone who could speak English (albeit with a thick Irish accent) and didn't try to sell me anything. They just checked my details and cancelled the auto-renew so as soon as the remaining time expired I removed the card.

But still, it's clearly designed so you have to go out of your way to do so, bad choice by Microsoft. They lost my patronage (Xbox-wise) due to shit like this. I mean, If you can sign up on the console, you should be able to cancel from the same interface.

vf501:

Jonathan Bradford:

Sun Flash:

This. It keeps one card stored that is impossible to remove without jumping through a bajillion hoops to get it fixed, including hour long phone calls to someone who couldn't care less. It wouldn't be terrible if it didn't have the auto update for subscription permanently stuck to "on".

This paypal thing makes no difference to me, though, being all European and un-American like.

Bah!

This is very very true, they still did not remove my account number even after promising that it would be done. One the flip side they did offer a year of Live for a reduced cost, sadly I lacked the money.

https://live.xbox.com/en-US/account

1. Edit Payment Options
2. Find Card
3. Hit Remove (x)
4. PROFIT!!!??

Can't remove if you have an ongoing subscription. Can't cancel them without phoning MS. Period.

Awesome! Now I will be able to make more secure payments and won't have to go though...

Andy Chalk:
Xbox Now Takes PayPal

you'll have to reside in the United States

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The safest way to go is to not use credit information at all and just buy the point cards in stores. It prevents stolen information and Microsoft can't automatically keep billing you. $60 a year isn't much, but when they take it at a time you need it, it kind of sucks.

Jonathan Bradford:

vf501:

Jonathan Bradford:

This is very very true, they still did not remove my account number even after promising that it would be done. One the flip side they did offer a year of Live for a reduced cost, sadly I lacked the money.

https://live.xbox.com/en-US/account

1. Edit Payment Options
2. Find Card
3. Hit Remove (x)
4. PROFIT!!!??

No, sadly no profit. For those who started the account in their pre-adult years there is an issue removing/verifying your account, getting messages about "restricted content," etc. While they'll accept my new account information if I provided it removing the old one "manually" is impossible for me.

Starting XBL age makes no difference. There is no way to remove a credit card once it has been added except if you cancel the card, it expires, or if you want to keep using the card, call Microsoft. But Microsoft doesn't just remove your card, they blacklist it. The same blacklist the put cards on that are confirmed fraudulent. Not sure what that does to credit report. Probably nothing, but who knows?

FINALLY is all I can say to this.

Maybe they are doing this because of what is happening with PSN and users getting their information stolen.

Two thoughts:
Paypal might be even scarier to get hacked, as it's linked to your bank account. That's always my fear with Paypal.

Buying MS Points cards seems much better, even if you live far away, you can buy through Amazon.com or Gamestop online. Seems like an easier way to actually keep track of how much you're spending on MS Points because lord knows it's hard to figure out what the hell the exchange rate is!

Wait, there is no option to directly pay for DLC? So I still have to use the crappy Microsoft Point?

Fuck no. Also USA only, yeah right. I don't see value in paying €40,- a year anymore for Gold.

Makes sense as an extra incentive to those wary after this PSN breach, especially. But does this mean that we can use real currency to gauge purchases instead of points? Please?

I know it'll never happen, it's the same strategy carnies use with those damn tickets...

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