It looks as if Microsoft is looking to make a big splash this holiday season, and if the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is any indication, I think they are well on their way.With the Kinect craze this week there seems to be a press release from Microsoft that has been buried, but I think is a significant development in the gaming industry.
Microsoft will be debuting an on-demand web store for PC games known as “Games For Windows Marketplace” on November 15th. The initial offering will consist of about 100 titles with a special “Deal of the Week”. Few publishers are know at this point but according to the press release those initial offerings will include: MS Game Studios, 2K Games, Rockstar, and Warner Brothers.
The company touts that the Marketplace will not only be a place for great gaming content, but will be built around quick downloads and fewer clicks from time of purchase to game play. A benefit that gamers will most notably enjoy is the ability to search for games anytime and re-download purchased games if needed. Gamers will need either an Xbox Live gamertag, Zune tag, or Windows Live ID to purchase items from the Marketplace with either a credit card or Microsoft Points.
As mentioned earlier, Microsoft will tout a “Deal of The Week” with other various promotions. Microsoft is demoing the site and giving examples of their deals and the “Deal of The Week” is resident Evil at 50% off or $24.95.
A complete list of games that will be available on November 15th is below:
- “Fable: The Lost Chapters”
- “Grand Theft Auto III”
- “Lego Universe”
- “Dead Rising 2″
- “Lost Planet 2″
- “Max Payne”
- “Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition”
- “Flight Simulator”
- “Gears of War”
- “Zoo Tycoon”
- “Fable III”
- “Age of Empires Online”
- “Microsoft Flight”
What are your thoughts on the “Games for Windows Marketplace”? Will it be a bang or a bust? Give me your thoughts below.