Games for Windows Marketplace launches Nov. 15

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.

Microsoft's online PC game store is getting a facelift.

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.

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MN121MN
MN121MN

Me too, ServoofLuna....

ServoofLuna
ServoofLuna

So is anyone else really pissed that Fable III wasnt really released?

MN121MN
MN121MN

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...

raichou
raichou

btw cant wait for Fable 3 on PC!

raichou
raichou

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.

fattass21
fattass21

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.

sircyrus
sircyrus

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!

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

To sum it up, Microsoft is going to sell games online.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

It's good that we're beginning to read stuff about PC gaming. Good stuff that is !!!

HappyBB
HappyBB

Looks like a step toward the right direction for the service!

Raykuza
Raykuza

"Fable 3 PC's release date is Nov 15" is the only thing I got from this article.

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

"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.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Great to see MS doing something to revamp the PC gaming platform as well.

ptown58
ptown58

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)

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Awesome, now Halo 3, ODST, and Reach please.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

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.

Shardz7
Shardz7

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.

togmkn2
togmkn2

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.

Ellipsis667
Ellipsis667

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.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

What's the saying Microsoft: "A day late and a dollar short?"

Wiffle_Snuff
Wiffle_Snuff

So, they only just caught up to steam? Only steam has a bigger catalogue, is cheaper, and is much more user friendly.

sliperywhenwet6
sliperywhenwet6

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.

asimplerapper
asimplerapper

no ty microsoft, im sticking to valve and steam

GeneralShowzer
GeneralShowzer

Steam took over while MS were fingering their bottoms.

DrAmazinDood
DrAmazinDood

I guess this means Fable III on the PC will come out until Nov 15, that's good

ztron370
ztron370

Microsoft needs to bring Gears 2,Gears 3,Alan Wake and Halo 3,ODST Halo Reach to GFWL.

f_monster
f_monster

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.

marcogamer07
marcogamer07

I'll congratulate Microsoft on trying, but Steam has pretty much taken care of me well.

karnis
karnis

wait ms points as payment that is cool so now I can buy pc games online

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Hmm... I hate GFWL, so this really isn't a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

stakex007
stakex007

It might float, but Steam is and will remain King for the forseeable future.

James00715
James00715

Looks like they are finally trying to compete with Steam.

Albenuova
Albenuova

nice, but Im still sticking to steam.

EKGProd
EKGProd

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.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

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.

azureblade89
azureblade89

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.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

This is good news. It's about time Steam had some better competition. Perhaps now the prices will start to drop a bit faster.

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BessenStock
BessenStock

No issue with this, but truly, why is Age of Empires Online a Torchlight looking (graphically) game?

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I think It's too late dear Microsoft. Valve/Steam already hit 30 million users.

Terthoran
Terthoran

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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