One of the great mysteries of gaming has been solved, namely: "Why can't I pay for downloadable content on Xbox Live with exact change??"
TheFeed always figured it was because a certain percentage of people must never use their Microsoft points, and thus, making you buy them in a big lot means extra profit... but we were wrong. The real answer is a lot more sensible and less conspiratorial.
Microsoft's product manager Aaron Greenberg explained it thusly:
"The reason why we do that, the core reason, is around credit card transaction fees," Greenberg told 1up.com "If we do this in bulk, we don't have to burden the consumer with the transaction fees, or ourselves or publishers. It's about keeping infrastructure costs down and I know sometimes it's frustrating because you end up with odd points, but we don't have any plans to change that."
The more you know.
1up.com: Why Can't I Pay Exact Change on XBL?