Microsoft has labelled the recent appearance of real money items on Xbox Live Marketplace an "error".
The platform holder blamed a glitch in a statement issued to GamesIndustry.biz, and insisted it has no immediate plans to phase out its Microsoft Points virtual currency.
"Yesterday, a few avatar items appeared with an option to purchase with local currency, instead of Microsoft Points.
"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."
A report in January claimed Microsoft was set to drop MS Points in favour of real money prices by the end of 2012.