New PC game store will feature redesigned interface, offer browser-based shopping, and accept Microsoft points from Xbox Live as payment.
Currently, the Games for Windows site offers a variety of games for digital download…provided you download and install the Games for Windows client. That will change on November 15, though, when Microsoft will launch a revamped version of its PC Games on Demand store called Games for Windows Marketplace.
The new store (pictured) will offer games for sale directly via the Web, without the need for a client. Customers won't even have to create store-specific accounts, but can sign in with a Windows Live ID. Games for Windows Marketplace will also accept payment in both real-world dollars and Microsoft points, the demi-currency used on Xbox Live and in the Zune Marketplace. Also, games will be redownloadable on any computer once purchased.
Games for Windows Marketplace will have 100 titles available when it launches, including such recent games as Capcom's Dead Rising 2 and Lost Planet 2. It will also have a deep catalog of classic titles, such as Grand Theft Auto III, Fable: The Lost Chapters, Max Payne, and Deus Ex. Third-party publishers such as Take-Two Interactive, Square Enix, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are also partnering with Microsoft. The latter's massively multiplayer game Lego Universe, will go on sale on the GFW Marketplace on its launch day, as will Microsoft's upcoming role-playing game, Fable III.
Though Steam and Windows LIVE are great, I always use "other suppliers", since they're too expensive... BTW, hope they really meant to release Fable 3 on PC, if they delay it no one's gonna be happy...
Its a good thing Microsoft is re-committing to PC gaming (as said in May this year). Hopefully a sign of good things to come.
now everyone is trying to go 'steam'. sorry, but thats how i see it. steam is pretty much the ruler of internet sales now. its like the WOW and EVE of the online market. well, good luck with it, and the other site that sales games might also do well soon. the one where people can buy games and just play, no install needed. your specs dont even need to be good because its streaming from their severs or something like that. its in beta i think, but its looking to be a good site. hope microsoft got something to dish out against steam and other online sellers.
This is great news. Now PC users can find all the watered down consolized multiplatform games in one place! I can't wait to get my hands on all the mediocre and disappointing titles. Maybe if I buy 2 copies they'll come together to form a complete game that's up to the standards of pre-multiplatform gaming!
"Games for Windows Marketplace will also accept payment in both real-world dollars and Microsoft points, the demi-currency used on Xbox Live and in the Zune Marketplace" , please let this mean that real dollar transactions will be moving to the 360.
Nice, GFWL is coming along slowly but surely, Halo3 for the PC would be insane and I would buy a ton of copies.(M$ needs incentive)
Its an improving and refining of an existing, so I'm glad. I use GFWL, Steam and Impulse, so whenever I want a game there's a good chance its on sale somewhere! Usually GFW doesn't have as many games on sale, usually opting just to feature one title, but when they do its usually a very steep discount. I got Batman: AA for $12.50 a while ago (75% off), for instance! I don't trust situations where there's no competition, but thankfully it looks like gamers have tons of good options for buying PC games.
Sorry, I'm not installing any client on my machine so that it turns my computer into an online store. I know what I want and I get it without installing DRM on my machine. But thanks anyway! Why are they stalling with service pack 1 for Windows 7? MS is concerned about setting up yet another marketing vehicle? Are they broke now or what? Let's get crackin' on SP1 for Win7 ASAP and stop screwing around with something that has already been done 40 times over.
This might not put a dent in Steam's market share (or even Direct2Drive's or GamersGate's), but more competition = more blowout deals = good thing. Hopefully this will make Stardock get in gear, too. I heard something about an Impulse overhaul like eight months ago, but that must've died.
I'll use this marketplace if they have some games I want to play that Steam doesn't. I'll check it out. I've also used Impulse. Mainly, just for Sins of a Solar Empire but still. No problem with going to more than one store. What I'm really hoping for is that they will have Limbo available for PC. I've been wanting to play that.
So, they only just caught up to steam? Only steam has a bigger catalogue, is cheaper, and is much more user friendly.
And yet Steam looks better still. I just pray MS doesn't throw a temper tantrum that no one will use this instead of steam and ban steam or aspects of steam. Ill be pissed.
The more access to downloadable PC games and the increased competition from these vendors bodes well for all of us. I am glad that Microsoft is upping the ante a little.
Good to hear. I like the idea of being able to use Microsoft points. Microsoft's current store is a joke. They have maybe 15 games, and most are old.
it might work, they're aiming at different demographics (MS points), so it might give XBOX gamers reason to use more of their MS points. but unless they have weekend deals.. or midweek deals.. or special discounts. the real dollar's going to steam.
Ooh, that's actually really good. Without the need of a client software like Steam, it'll stop a lot of the complaints users have. So long as you don't need to be online to play the game but still automatically updates your games they're solid.
This is good news. It's about time Steam had some better competition. Perhaps now the prices will start to drop a bit faster.
No issue with this, but truly, why is Age of Empires Online a Torchlight looking (graphically) game?
That's pretty awesome if you ask me! I don't have a credit card, and being able to pay with Microsoft points is thus very welcome!
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