Games for Windows Live 'Games on Demand' launches

By Jos
Dec 16, 2009
  1. As expected, Microsoft launched an assault on Steam and other similar services by opening up its Games for Windows Live Games on Demand digital distribution feature late yesterday. As the name suggests, Games on Demand will allow users to purchase titles, using a credit card or by redeeming Microsoft Points, and download them directly from their PC. For now, however, the service's catalog is limited to just 13 games.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,546   +330

    They still have a lot of work to do to make steam worry even a little bit.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,507   +550

    LOL...13 titles? Yeah boy, that's gonna bring in the masses. ;)
  4. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 526

    Time will tell.
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 935   +164

    This would have brought more immediate users if they had offered a good discount on a bigger title game, like, "Resident Evil 5."
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,197   +171

    I'm a long time Steam user. Happy with it. But feature for feature, does Microsoft even compare to Steam? Does it have the friends list, allow you to import non-steam games, allow you to store your game configurations into the cloud, let you play on any computer, etc?
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    While they are still new its nice to see more competition then just juggernaut Steam and on occasion Impulse with some cool stuff. Lets hope they do it right as they have a long way to go. And hopefully they don't turn this into another Xbox Live and attempted to nickle and dime PC users to death as that simple won't work thanks to our open platform and competition we have :) .
  8. Timonius

    Timonius TS Guru Posts: 599   +38

    It's not about the number of games available right now. It's about the service and the experience. And Microsoft is still losing this particular battle. Here are my particular problems with the Games for Windows Live 'service':
    1. I have to buy microsoft points to then buy any of your products? Really? Well I guess I'll stick to Steam or Impulse.
    2. I can't add the items I would like to a 'shopping cart'. (I tried adding one of the Fallout 3 expansions and I couldn't go back to add another one or even another product altogether.) The 'shopping cart' is pretty much a worldwide standard.

    So right now I think I'll file Games for Windows Live under 'EPIC FAIL'! I'm sticking to Steam and Impulse...they are much more user friendly.

    Microsoft PC users to do list:
    -add shopping cart function with a final checkout feature
    -add ability to purchase directly via credit card (no points system, we're pc gamers, not console gamers).
  9. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    even if i said in the 1st announcement that more actors brings more competitions, if it is to have a clone, or worst a bad copy of other existing systems, thanks but no thanks.

    i wish MS could go further, the right way, for i'm a PS3 & PC gamer so will have the best of both ... huh! sorry! :D

    well good luck to MS, i'm staying with steam & it's usual 75% off for weekends ;)

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