Microsoft retiring Xbox.com PC Marketplace on August 22

Microsoft says that the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate after August 22, despite closing the Xbox.com PC Marketplace.

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Microsoft is closing the Xbox.com PC Marketplace on August 22, the company has said, alongside the Xbox 360 update that will retire Microsoft points in favour of local currency purchases.

"As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013," says Microsoft on its support site.

The Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate, the company adds, and customers who have purchased content already through the service will still be able to redownload it through the Games for Windows Live client.

"We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to enjoy previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual."

The news comes days after former Steam boss Jason Holtman joined Microsoft.

Microsoft has posted more information as part of a FAQ on Xbox.com.

Discussion

231 comments
SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

This was THE BEST DRM on PC.  Why?

Unlike, Steam for example, you didn't need an application running to launch your game.

Now the best DRM is GOG.com, for the same reason.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Yet another example of why PC gaming is slowly dying. When does it sink in?.... Decade long waits for sequels, waiting for PC versions long after consoles already got their copies...this of course is assuming the PC even gets a version.  Reputable Dev's jumping the "PC exclusivity ship" to consoles like life rafts of the Titanic.  And I won't even get into the cost and impracticality of building a gaming rig...  

buccomatic
buccomatic

they should have done just the opposite - get rid of GFWL and continued marketplace WITH steamlike SALES.

killman961
killman961

I saw the title and was like "SWEET NO WINDOWS LIVE!!!!!!" then I read on....

gostor_lives
gostor_lives

RIP GFWL.... ill hate you til the next horrible service comes out

Garm31
Garm31

SOMETHING MORE DARK AND SINISTER IS COMING! Mark my words.

blackace
blackace

Microsoft will have a STEAM like application for Windows within the next 12-18months. That's why GFWL is being closed. Obvious M$ agrees with gamers that GFWL sucked. Why keep it if it's no good?

DarxPhil
DarxPhil

As mentioned, it's a terrible service, it only gave us an annoying hurdle to consistently jump over in order to get our games to work properly.

quakke
quakke

You wouldn't beleive what kinda hassle i had with Batman:AC because of GFWL ignoring my legit cd-key.

M$soft f u for ditching PC-gamers a long time ago already.

edpeterson
edpeterson

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Games for Windows Live NEEDS to die for good! It's the most annoying service I've ever used and I've used Origin and Uplay!

DIGN
DIGN

crap, I hate gfwl but there are still some games on there that I want to buy that are only available on gfwl.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY now I don't have to worry about future games I like using it, though sadly still have to use it with dirt 2/fuel/gta iv/etc D:

broly1800
broly1800

GOOD BYE XBOX 360 AND XBOX ONE STILL FAIL STEAM I'M MAKE ME HAPPY I WILL GET PS4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

MS Points dead cuz people were stupid enough to want cash instead.  Ugghhh where is the Picard face palm pic when I need it ?

As for being able to continue to use our games where we need that client to do so thanks for not messing that up MS.

Vojtass
Vojtass

GfWL is one of the worst services I've ever seen on PC. It's such a shame that many games still require this shit to run.

Redblaze27
Redblaze27

But what about buying GFWL games through Steam, will those be safe after August 22?

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Now if they only would get rid of that hideous tumour that is called GFWL I will be a happy man. Unfortunately I don't see this happening any time soon.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

so are they having any kind of closing down sales?

SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

This article just disappointed me so much

I thought they were getting rid of GWFL and i was pumped.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Damnit! I never bought Gears of War. Mainly because they still charge $20 for it. I guess I'll have to buy it used. I already owned and played the crap out of it on XB360. I just want pC version since I don't have an Xbox any more.

chronocommander
chronocommander

If GFWL itself shuts down in the next few years and we lose saves because of the ridiculous encryption on all user game files just because logins won't work anymore, there will be some serious rage. I just hope they release a tool to extract saves in such cases. Batman and Bioshock are some examples of great (and in some cases very long) games shackled to GFWL, can get quite irritating.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

Yes and i bet after the xbox1 comes out they will be closing xboxlive for the 360 :P it's how M$$ works

inscript
inscript

I smell big things for xbox future

djames12345
djames12345

Finally I hated that piece of shit Live for windows

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

With that shitheap Gamespy and now this garbage gone, hopefully we will see that Ubisoft version gone next.

Gamespy was an enabler for SHIT multiplayer systems like for Vietcong 2, Worms 3D, C & C Generals and so many more.


The same bugs were in that system from 2003 to 2013...

joesguy
joesguy

@Gravity_Slave A shitty DRM service switches its model for distribution of games and you equate that to a failure on the part of PC gaming as a whole? How dense can one be to make such a leap in logic?

buccomatic
buccomatic

@quakke yep same here. i DL'd batman arkham city and then lost all my fallout 3 game saves and had to go search the internet for 5 hours and fiddle with files for an hour just to get my game saves back. it's so intrusive and annoying, JUST LIKE KINECT.


that's what i HATE about microsoft. they just have to try and CONTROL everything with an iron fist. microsoft is so oppressive, depressing and annoying that it takes the fun right out of gaming.

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

@Vojtass Really and I thought that Uplay and Origin was the worst because of "Always Online DRM" GFWL is bad but it's number 3 in my book in terms of the worst DRM crap that was ever thought of.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

@Darkhol0w  thats what their getting rid of technically ( no new games will use it) though the ones that do still will sadly :(

edinko
edinko

@chronocommander Buy game-download an offline crack. That's what smart people do with GFWL games

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@chronocommander Buy game from steam and apply crack only . Game will save on hard disk now . Devs gets money , you get reliability , everyone is happy except M$ , which is good thing .

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

@chronocommander Fable 3 is also one of them games that requires you to send home the product to MS in order for it to work, which sucks.


GFWL is rubbish anyway games are overpriced and the client its self it just poor

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

@BillyColeman Xbox 360 Live and Xbox one Live will co-exist you moron. You will be able to send messages from Xbox One to Xbox 360 players, and also have the same friends list. Get the hell out of these comments and go play in traffic.

bernard978
bernard978

@djames12345 It isn't going away with current games, you just can't buy from there anymore with peoples points being deleted.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@TitanPolaris @Vojtass IMO GfWL is in the lead, because development and active support was dropped by MS at some point. They just left own baby. Why? Because there is conflict of interests between XB and Windows based gaming. But you're right about Uplay - it's pretty horrible too. This is why I haven't bought Ubisoft game in years. I'm serious.

chronocommander
chronocommander

@edinko @chronocommander Smart people also know that this is a clear violation of the EULA and you loose achievements (yes, they're a part of the game experience for quite a lot of people). Besides, why risk a ban if you accidentally sign in to your online account instead of an offline account (the only ones that could work with a crack anyway) for a product you paid for? This still does not solve the encrypted save issue either, only enables modding in some cases and replaces one bunch of headaches with another (which reinforces GFWL's serious flaws as a platform either way).

chronocommander
chronocommander

@Cloud_imperium @chronocommander That method would definitely work if the game is started without GFWL. If (like me) you have an existing save in an online account with achievements, the save is essentially locked to the account and the ability to authenticate into it as the save can't even be copied to another account. Backing them up involves not only keeping a copy of the save files but also the XLive files of the client. Haven't found a save extractor tool either. Also, some of these games feature better deals off Steam, Batman for example got more heavily discounted earlier at GetGames with a GFWL key activation that does not work on Steam.

chronocommander
chronocommander

@Dav_id83 @chronocommander I don't like the client either, about the only advantage it has over the competition is that it loads during game launch, so by the time you're at the start screen you're logged in and ready to go instead of waiting for a heavy client to start up first (Steam does that when launched on demand). Overall though, if it could be safely removed without compromising saves that would be the best.

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

@Vojtass @TitanPolaris at least GFWL went away by having a opt out for SP gaming that was implemented in those latter games like BioShock 2 and Fable 3 by just putting in the cd key. BTW I am in NO way trying to say that MSes DRM crap was good when it first came out I had all sorts of trouble with games that had this DRM, Fallout 3 is example #1. Now the Uplay/Origin based DRM is now the worst in my mind because of having to connect to play an SP based game. SimCity and AC II comes to mind, and those DRMs are not going away anytime soon.

edinko
edinko

@chronocommander I am pretty sure that its also bad if you bught a game and it doesn't work at all

crix01
crix01

@bernard978 No, just no. I don't think Uplay is crap but saying is far superior than Steam is just plain wrong.

bernard978
bernard978

@Cloud_imperium

Matter of opinion and mine says it's far superior to Steam.