Downloadable Games for Windows to arrive day-and-date

Microsoft signs 2K Games, Ubisoft, THQ, others to release PC titles through its Games on Demand distribution service in tandem with official launch dates.

Making software digitally available on launch day is a practice that content delivery warehouses Steam, Impulse, and others have embraced. Microsoft is the next to enlist, now promising to release new PC titles in a timely fashion via its Games on Demand hub.

Being late to the party isn't cool.

Microsoft announced today a broad partnership with 2K Games, Capcom, Microsoft Game Studios, Rockstar Games, THQ, and Ubisoft to make the studio's newest software available in accordance with respective official launch dates.

Microsoft's punctual approach begins today with the release of Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, which officially launched today for the PC. The game has been available on other platforms since May 18. But as of press time, the title has not appeared in the Games on Demand page.

Additionally, the publisher will release new non-Live Games on Demand titles every week and promised to add over 100 games by year's end. Added to the library today were seven new titles, including Age of Empires III, Assassin's Creed 2, Borderlands, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

28 comments
Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

both Steam & Windows Live are very good in my opinion, it's solution!! a healthy competition is needed, and PC users will feel the effects, they no longer lose a lot of good games because of piracy. I don't like monopoly!! that's why I like PC games!!

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

I just checked it out, nice one MS! What a lot of people here don't get is that if the future lies with digital distribution for selling PC games, then you don't just ONE store (Steam) you want choice and competition! Far too many kids don't understand the bad implications of Steam being the only major online vendor of digital PC games... I like both Steam and GFWL, different reasons :3 Can't wait for Fable 3!

high344
high344

I hope they announce some major reborn at the conference because GFWL have lots of problems

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

I think Microsoft is trying to combat Steam on Mac

Pete5506
Pete5506

Im not a fan of downloading games, I prefer to have the CD's

roxomega
roxomega

God and the steam fanboys come out.. keep it in your pants please, your epeens are useless in a microsoft room.

silverdoe
silverdoe

Wish those non-LIVE titles got patched with LIVE-achievements, identical to their 360 counterparts. AOE3 should have to, I can get another play-through just for that!

silverdoe
silverdoe

Up until Sunday, go get The Sands of Time & Warrior Within for 400 MSP, that's the deal I want!

strayfies
strayfies

Being late to a party IS cool, unless you're at some kinda nerd party. Regardless, people like Coldfire are right. Steam's got it down pat, and aside from them really love Stardock's Impulse. I'm not gonna litter my HDD with 40 D2D services just so Windows can have its logo twice.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Steam has such a lead on pretty much every segment of this system and all in all has a much better system in place for communities to join and grow around that I can't see myself investing any time or money into GFWL especially after the dreadful service M$ has been doing on it ...

broseph09
broseph09

@ psx_warrior ---thats never gonna happen

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

I'd prefer hard copies. I even buy Steam-required games in hard copies. Takes me hours (even days) to download a full game on DSL broadband. And I don't only download one thing at a time...

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

If it means Halo games on PC besides the first two, I'm all for it.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Many days late, many dollars short. It's also a bit odd for Microsoft, isn't it? Wouldn't they normally buy out the #2 or #3 competitor to get into a new market?

Hairbautt
Hairbautt

I hate to sound like a fanboy, but Steam rules all.

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

I believe this is good for the PC DD industry. Steam needs a big challenger as Impulse, Direct2Drive, and the others seem to pose no real competition. Competition is always good and us consumers benefit. I'm still hoping Blizzard makes Battle.net 2.0 into a Steam-style service.

Flint247
Flint247

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DeMoN_SouL_666
DeMoN_SouL_666

i don't think MS will make money-saving deals like steam every week or so. so yes, steam is better and i'll stick with it (for small stuff), and @aryeec , there's no extra when buying the disc-based copy of a game, it's the same price and it has been an issue for a while now.

nnory
nnory

This is good idea :)

BloodMist
BloodMist

AAAAAHAHAHAHA!Yeah i think i'll stick with Steam.

smitherean
smitherean

Monopolies are bad. This is good news for the consumer. Especially if retail continues to decline.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Let people say what they will about steam, but definitely, Steam>All

Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

Ya. Im sorry but Steam has already done what Microsoft couldnt. Too many people are comfy with Steam and it does too much to get us to buy for anyone else to gain any ground.

Acquire
Acquire

I'll stick with steam. Steam > all. All games should use steamworks.

aryeec
aryeec

Good idea for people who want everything online though.

aryeec
aryeec

.... bleh. I'll pay the extra for the disk/case/booklet.