Rockstar, Capcom, 2K Games, and Square Enix to support Microsoft's new online games store

Expect a new option for purchasing games to download. Microsoft has announced plans to launch a new service that will deliver Games for Windows titles to your PC next month. Titled ‘Games for Windows Marketplace,’ the service will be competing with other online game stores, like Steam and Direct2Drive.

Microsoft is trying to sell Games for Windows Marketplace's more "streamlined" interface. There will be no need for a special client or any external software. Instead will be as simple as going to a website and choosing which game to buy. From there, the customer's credit card will be charged and the game will be available to download immediately.

Above: Games for Windows Marketplace is scheduled to launch on November 15 at

And if you own an Xbox 360, use Windows Messenger, or have a Hotmail account, you already have a Games for Windows Marketplace log-in. It'll be tied to Microsoft's universal Windows LIVE system, offering PC gamers more seamless access than ever before to gaming content.

Rockstar Games, Capcom, 2K, and Square Enix have all signed on to be part of Games for Windows Marketplace, which is scheduled to launch on November 15 with 100 titles for sale. Fable: The Lost Chapters and Grand Theft Auto III will be available at launch. LEGO Universe, Dead Rising 2, and more classics, like Max Payne and Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition, will also be available.

Source: Microsoft

Oct 25, 2010

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  • TheVoid - October 26, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    @Chrisd - Either I am missing something or you are incorrect. If I right click on any game in my Steam library I have the option to "delete local content", which is all that is needed to free up the required hard drive space with a game I'm done playing. The permission you are referring to is there to prevent users from accidently deleting a game entirely from their library, which would mean they would have to re-purchase if they wanted to play it again down the road. I actually like that they make that hard. @Shenlong4517 - Exactly what "hoops" are you referring to? And as far as sales go, Steam offered Red Faction Guerilla for $5 yesterday. $5! Sure it's not a brand new game but it is still asking $20 just about everywhere else. That's 75% off right there, and at least you can count of Steam's weekend deals, super holiday sales, and midweek madness offers. They've delivered, which to me is worth more than Microsoft's promise and a concept screenshot. My hope is with Phoenix_Wings that Microsoft's HEAVY wallet won't buy exclusivity from developers that have supported Steam all along. Although I imagine those developers can say the same thing I'm saying: "Listen Microsoft, Steam has been good to us and they have strong, solid numbers in their favor, both in terms of sales and users. Meanwhile you've been pulling your pud for years now with Games for Windows, not sure at all what to do with it, now landing on nothing more than a thinly-veiled copy of Steam's business model in hopes of siphoning some of their business." It's times like this that PC gamers can make a difference. Don't let Microsoft win! Steam has served us well for many, many years now and has only gotten better with no real competition driving their decisions. They are 100% committed to pc gaming and have done loads to make it a more streamlined experience. I really wish I could say the same of Microsoft. I don't mind Microsoft, but I do think they have completely dropped the ball in terms of their commitment to PC gaming. They started that mess when they yanked the first Halo out of our hands to support the first Xbox. PC gamers haven't forgotten that one (even if Halo wasn't all that - I know, I know, let the flame war begin), an insult only made worse by Microsoft's subsequent complete back turning on PC gamers. Meanwhile, Steam took the bull by the horns and kept PC gaming relevant and attractive. Now Microsoft wants a piece of the rejuvenated pie that they all but kicked to the curb not so long ago? Thanks but no thanks. Feel free to make the money order out to "The Void", Steam. Thanks!
  • phoenix_wings - October 26, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    So will games from Capcom and the like not be available through Steam after this launches?
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 26, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    So it's just like Steam... still GFW has some cool exclusives and i'll appreciate some of these games not available on Steam. (i only download games, not a CD fan)
  • Hobojedi - October 26, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    I don't think it can beat Steam's weekly deals or sheer variety..
  • Memph - October 25, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I agree this is needless, nothing more than M$ trying to get it's grubby paws into Steam users wallets. Remember when they wanted to charge PC users for GFWL? They can smeg right off all over again tbh.
  • Shenlong4517 - October 25, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    I dunno, with a deal like 75% off on a new (or maybe old, but you get the point) game every week, I could be seeing some use of this. 'Specially since it's already integrated into Live, no more hoops to jump through.
  • Chrisd - October 25, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    yes but with steam u need there permission to delete something from your drive, not very good in my opinion.
  • selio - October 25, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Dammit I don't want Microsoft to keep trying this crap, just let Steam win, I'm not making another online account just to get deals every once in a while.
  • ericeraqus - October 25, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    umm...its called steam. Ever heard of it? this seems a tad redundant because the client isn't very big individually and you can connect to friends and such a pretty big number of people already have steam, so there's really no point to have this

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