Microsoft has told GamesIndustry International that the recent appearance of real money items on the Xbox Live store was in fact a glitch, rather than a move away from points.
"Yesterday, a few avatar items appeared with an option to purchase with local currency, instead of Microsoft Points," it said in an official statement.
"This display error doesn't signal a change in payment options, but rather an error in how the offers were configured in our services which resulted in an inconsistent experience. It is in the process of being resolved."
Screenshots snapped by Save And Quit showed avatar items for the game Hybrid priced at $1.99 and $2.99, rather than in Microsoft points.