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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 www.gamesforwindows.com
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.
Oct 25, 2010
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