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Microsoft Launches Games for Windows Marketplace

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PC gaming doesn’t get much love these days so the news that Microsoft has announced a Games for Windows Marketplace is welcome.

From 15 November, gamers will be able to download games directly onto their PCs from the marketplace. At launch there will be 100 titles to choose from, with titles such as Grand Theft Auto III, and Fable: The Lost Chapters.

Microsoft is promising “ultra-fast” downloads, and a search facility that will let you find games by genre, publisher or indeed via their names. It also said the purchase system would be straightforward and games you have bought can be redownloaded if necessary. Microsoft is promising ‘Deal of the Week’ bargains.

Users will be able to login using a Windows Live ID and make use of their pre-existing Microsoft Points to make purchases just as you can on the Xbox Live and Zune Marketplaces.

The marketplace is clearly a rival for Valve’s Steam distribution system but Microsoft is clearly confident it can take it on and it has lined up some big names to back it up.

“We plan to deliver some of our biggest and best PC franchises on Games for Windows Marketplace from day one,” said Christian Svensson, corporate officer and vice president of strategic planning at Capcom, in as statement. “Digital distribution continues to drive growth in PC gaming, and we’re excited to partner with Microsoft and bring amazing games to this growing marketplace.”

In other news Microsoft has also launched a new dedicated games channel over at its MSN portal site and said it would be focusing on casual and family orientated games as well as more hardcore titles.

Link: Games for Windows

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