Once you go to purchase it will show the conversion. The first option purchases the credits needed for your cart then they offer additional credit purchases. I’ve never had extra so I’m not sure how that shows up.
someone along the development process thought an in-game currency sounds better than using real world money. Only someone forgot to change the marketplace prices to the in-game currency prices. Maybe it was intentional because someone else decided they’d have a bigger customer service headache for having to explain x amount of dollars = x amount of credits. Maybe in the future they will let us purchase credits to purchase DLC (credits that we purchased using real world money).
TLDR: they’re not used for anything except confusing people like you and me
This is reason number 22 why I will not buy from the marketplace. All I ever need is 1 reason, and I’m given so many reasons; very much appreciated, makes for easy decisions that take less than a second.
Yes, you have to pay real money to get stuff at the store.
For instance, I use PayPal, I get a charge I route through PayPal for cash, and MS sends me a receipt that I just spent x game credits, and PayPal sends me a receipt for the money I spent for those credits. MS does NOT send a receipt that says anything about what I purchased, only that I purchased some game credits, and then the Marketplace says I own a product in the Marketplace (that was purchased with the game credits).
The problem is, some people have experienced corruptions of their purchases. MS can typically (but apparently not always) track how many credits you’ve spent if you can prove your purchases are gone, and will make those credits available again. Problem is, if you bought anything on sale, you may have to repurchase those items at full price to replace them. I haven’t experienced that myself, but I have read about those experiences. So I only purchase those items that are only available in the Marketplace from the Marketplace (i.e. Carenado products).
I got an email saying 066 flight sim credits and been charged total of £13.74 - email from MS store for the purchase
I dont know why they say 066 flight sim credits - it gives you the impression that you can buy something from the store using the flight sim credits - without paying real money - but this is obviously not the case
Yeah, the whole “Flight Sim Credit” thing is terrible IMHO. It’s obfuscated behind multiple layers so there’s no real transaction record of what you bought.
In the case of Steam, you pay with cash, that’s converted to this virtual currency, and immediately consumed by MS for the product. So the only record you get from Steam is having purchased X number of credits. There’s no other record of your transaction. And if there’s a problem, it’s a fight with MS to get what you paid for since there’s really no trace of what you bought.
I have no issues with virtual currency. I’d be perfectly fine if products were listed in said credits in the marketplace, we could buy credits, and have a “wallet” that holds our balance. And of course, then we could have a proper record of transactions within the sim stating what we bought. MMOs and mobile games do this. I don’t know why they couldn’t implement this for MSFS as well. Otherwise, this whole virtual currency thing is a redundant layer that’s there for no reason other than obfuscation.
In any case, I hate this system. The only thing I’ll buy from the Marketplace now is Carenado planes due to their exclusivity deal with MS. Otherwise, I’d rather buy outside the marketplace and get updates for products as they’re released, not 4 months later. And with these places, I get an actual record of transaction telling me exactly what I bought.
No, what it meant was you purchased 66 flight sim credits with your money, and those credits were used to pay for what you purchased. They aren’t credits on top of what you purchased, they are what you purchased. Purchasing those credits then gives you the right to use the DRM you wanted.