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Microsoft Launches Games for Windows Marketplace

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

Coffee_With_Bailey's

October 22, 2010, 10:05 pm

This could be a good way to raise the profile of PC Gaming somewhat.





Console games are fantastic these days... but whilst the Xbox 360 / PS3 and Wii still have plenty of life in them, it's always nice to see some of the non-console thoroughbreds like StarCraft II and Eve running on a decent PC rig.





Would love the games industry to resurrect the Space / Flight Sim genre... where are today'successors to FreeSpace / X-Wing / Rogue Squadron / Privateer / Descent / Battle of Britain / Flight Simulator / Combat Flight Simulator ?

AlexRat

October 22, 2010, 10:28 pm

"Microsoft has announced a Games for Windows Marketplace... From 15 November, gamers will be able to download games directly onto their PCs from the marketplace."





Erm... Marketplace on GfW has been around since December last year.





Relaunch?

Rob Chapman

October 22, 2010, 10:57 pm

Wonder if they'll add the ability to add previously bought GWFL retail games.

Runadumb

October 22, 2010, 11:53 pm

Burn games for windows live. Burn

Xiphias

October 23, 2010, 12:44 am

Main page says 'Stream' rather than 'Steam'.





What exactly are they launching? Games for Windows - Live as a purchase and download system has been running for months now. Is this just a re-branding? Are they adding non-microsoft titles?

smc8788

October 23, 2010, 2:38 am

Maybe they should try concentrating on making GFWL not suck before they start offering digital downloads which relies on their software for DRM.....just a thought.





Anyway, they certainly have a lot of catching up to do since Steam already has 30 million users and that software isn't seen by the vast majority of people as a worthless heap of junk.

Chris Beach

October 23, 2010, 6:00 pm

Not sure the point tbh, though if they said that GFWL retail games could be linked and downloaded that would something...Steam do it for some of the games that have been Steamed later:)

Simon

October 23, 2010, 10:12 pm

The store better work in £ rather than points or it is an instant fail.

jingyeow

October 24, 2010, 7:03 pm

I don't think this will take off. Problem for Microsoft is that Steam got there first, and people that invest in a digital platform, don't want multiple clients to play their games on. Plus GFWL adds no functionality to games.





Plus their branding hasn't been helped by the hindrance that is GFWL embedded into games. That and the fact Microsoft have been seen to be neglecting PC gamers in favour of just xbox 360 titles. Not bringing halo titles to the pc, killing ensemble studios "age of empires"...





If there is something to take from this, it's that Age of Empires 3 series won't be coming to Steam anytime soon. Which is sad...

Ian Yates

October 25, 2010, 2:47 pm

I don't imagine it'll pull me away from Steam, but any competition in this market must be a good thing.

Xiphias

October 25, 2010, 4:46 pm

"Problem for Microsoft is that Steam got there first"





Huh? Out of the five services providing games from all publishers and genres (Metalboli, Impulse, Direct2Drive, Steam and GamersGate) Steam launched fourth.





I guess the only reason steam has become so popular is valve's scummy tactics, forcing people into running the steam client on boxed games and presenting adverts without the user's prior consent (which as far as I know is illegal).

MarioM

October 25, 2010, 7:36 pm

@coffee_with_baileys - totally agree. I'm currently surviving on a thin diet of X3, and the old Xbox classic Crimson Skies (which really needs an update).

Runadumb

October 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

@MarioM I just bought a 4 pack of a game called Dogifighter for £3.15 on steam last night. Only bought it because it reminded me of crimson skies although I haven't got to try it yet.





@Xophias "I guess the only reason steam has become so popular is valve's scummy tactics, forcing people into running the steam client on boxed games and presenting adverts without the user's prior consent (which as far as I know is illegal)."





Okay I agree with the forcing people to use steam part (even though it is fantastic, it has problems) but forcing you to view adverts? Do you mean showing you whats available to buy? What? Surely thats a good thing.

Blobby

October 27, 2010, 1:37 am

One thing thing I'll be looking for will be the amount of crossover of games between Steam and GFWL Marketplace...





If there is it will (hopefully) compromise Steams current monopolization of the internet download of games market... Steam has great deals and everything, but I can always find the games they have cheaper for an actual disk...

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