Xbox.com's PC store, the Games for Windows Marketplace, is set to shut down next week, as announced by Microsoft's almost comically outdated Games for Windows Facebook page. According to their post, users will no longer be able to buy games through the service. The Games for Windows Client will still provide access to existing purchases.
Games for Windows Marketplace
Remember not too long ago when Microsoft claimed there'd be a new push into PC gaming by the software giant? Well, they're kicking that bold initiative off by relocating the freshly relaunched (and actually respectable) Games for Windows Marketplace PC game store to...wait for it...Xbox.com. Because when you think of PC gaming, the first place you look is Xbox.com. That's quite a slap in the face - how much more out-of-touch with PC gamers could they get? Was the crushing cost of maintaining the domain registration of www.gamesforwindows.com really dragging down Microsoft's bottom line?
The details on the merge listed on the site read as follows:
"Games for Windows Marketplace will fully transition over to Xbox.com. Now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It’s convenient, it’s concentrated, and it’s a whole lot of great games."
There are so many things wrong with that statement it's hard to know where to begin. We've reached out to MS for comment.
Update: Microsoft responds with a predictably uninteresting statement. Hit Read More to be underwhelmed. We're pushing further, but 4th of July festivities mean we probably won't hear back until next week.
Update #2: Microsoft has declined our request for an interview on this topic. We are shocked. Shocked.
This week in the US Direct2Drive is offering sales on some of Atari's best games, including 75% off Kings Bounty and the superb Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Meanwhile today's Games for Windows Marketplace deal is selling STALKER for 99 cents. Read on for details.
From now until Wednesday next week, the relaunched Games for Windows Marketplace will sell a different game every day for just 99 cents/75p. Today's deal is on Deus Ex, but you'll have to catch it quick before it's replaced by another game in about an hour. There's also a great weekly deal on the site selling the the brilliant puzzler, World of Goo for $5 / £3.75. A great price for a great game.
The PC Gamer band of brothers lock arms and rush headlong into the fray, discussing every bit of PC gaming news that crossed our radar this week on the latest episode of the PC Gamer podcast. Everything from Bioware teasing their next game to how successful Black Ops' latest patch is at eliminating the game's technical issues for our editors to what really happened at Activision-owned Bizarre Creations and Budcat Creations this week. Oh yeah, and Windows Live Marketplace launched--but should you care?
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A short while back, we mentioned that Games for Windows Marketplace was making a comeback. The service has now gone live, so you'll be able to do some browser based shopping at your leisure. There's no need to download a client, and it's possible to sign into the system using your Live, MSN or Hotmail account. First impressions are that it's slick, but a bit expensive, with a relatively slim selection of games on offer, though of course this is just the beginning. Microsoft are planning to add plenty more titles in the future, including games that don't bear Games for Windows Live logo. You can check out the new service over at the Games for Windows Marketplace site. What do you think, could this be a potential contender with Steam?
Microsoft are set to completely reboot the Games for Windows Marketplace. The service will relaunch next month with a new website, pre-order deals and over a hundred games available to buy at launch. Could this be the service to rival Steam?