Microsoft reportedly wants to know whether gamers would spend cryptocurrency at the Xbox online store. The tech giant appears to be considering introducing bitcoin payments at its gaming console online store.
Based on a March 21 Reddit post on r/XboxSeriesX, the company has put out a survey asking the Xbox users about their preferred payment options at its virtual store. The alleged survey asks:
“Which of these other payment methods would you like to use on Xbox?”
It lists bitcoin as one of the possible payment strategies. This same photo has also been circulating across multiple subreddits including r/ethtrader and r/Bitcoin.
Microsoft is now asking Xbox users about #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/TjuY18L5Wh
— Documenting Bitcoin 📄 (@DocumentingBTC) March 21, 2021
One Xbox user mentioned that the survey is available for those users that participate in the “Xbox Insider program for beta testing OS updates.”
Microsoft has not yet responded to the news. In 2014, Microsoft started accepting Bitcoin payments to fund Microsoft accounts. This move enabled US-based users to acquire content from Windows, including Xbox games.
After shortly stopping the payment option, Microsoft resumed BTC payments for its MS Store in January 2021. Crypto-based payments are not supported at the Xbox online store for now.
While the company may be open to accepting bitcoin as a form of payment, Microsoft says that it does not plan to make a large move into cryptocurrency like Tesla. President Brad Smith insisted that the company does not have any crypto diversification plans after Tesla’s $1.5 billion bitcoin investment.