Microsoft says it's "doubling down" on PC games

By Emil
Oct 26, 2010
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  1. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    Steam is the only way to go M$ doesnt have a chance here steam is to far ahead and has to many people using it. M$ keeps sticking there foot in there big money hungry mouth by saying this and saying that if only they can deliver such promises.
  2. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 196

    Well, they could consider selling Microsoft games only in Microsoft's browser, so that they don't have to compete with Steam. Also, that would mean that they'll have to develop more games, in order to get into the market... I mean, it's Microsoft, they have the resources!
  3. mtrenal

    mtrenal Newcomer, in training Posts: 45

    I dunno, call me old-fashioned but I enjoy having hard copies of the games. The last thing I want is a war over who can produce the best online-only content. Maybe that's just me though.

    In response to Microsoft's "doubling down on games", it feels to me like they made a serious mistake a month or two ago when they bashed PC gaming, and are trying to make up for it. I'll be interested to see if they actually follow through and truly focus on PC gaming in the long run.
  4. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 384   +34

    Yeah... well i'll believe it when I see it. I think the picky PC gamers (lets face it, we are a bit more picky about our games than casual console gamers) and piracy are probably the primary reasons why companies are spending less money and time on their PC titles. It's unfortunate but in a way out own doing. This kind of crap going on now is why I encourage my friends to buy the game if they like it and play it... I usually hold off and wait until its on sale on Steam but sometimes I spring on a game that is near full price. I refuse though to pay for a game right on release when it is like $50 or $60. Rushed releases are usually buggy anyway (although they have been getting better about this it seems).
  5. Mushroom

    Mushroom Newcomer, in training Posts: 32

    so steam but a lot shittier, PC GAMING IS SAVED!.
  6. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 146

    IMO Microsoft is going to have to do a lot more than launch a stupid browser based game purchase program. They need to drop Xbox and instead release a similarly priced upgradeable gaming PC for starts and position themselves against Nintendo and Sony's ancient 3-4 year old consoles. Imo having a console that competes on some level with the PC is a major kick in a crotch for a company that is supposedly focused on PC gaming.

    Product cycling in the PC industry could also be a problem since the new stuff comes out crazy fast to the point where it's difficult for the average $30000 and minus household to keep up. Pc's should not only be the leader when it comes to technology but it perhaps needs to compete on a direct level with consoles.

    Also there needs to be more effort and thought put into games. IAMTHESTIG says we're picky.. in a nutshell that says to me that most PC gamers are older..aka probably not kids or teens. Therefore there should be a distinctive split between Kids/Teens/Adults and a big push in each category...perhaps by redoing and releasing a bunch of the top console games for PC (no lame ports) and focusing on idea's and how to make better use on current and future technology.

    Anyway, Those are just some pent up thoughts in my head about the whole PC vs consoles war. Take it as you will. Some of the idea's may not be the best.
  7. mtrenal

    mtrenal Newcomer, in training Posts: 45

    Yeah I agree with you- on some level we PC gamers collectively brought this upon ourselves with pirating, even though some of us have never pirated a game. Realistically, what company wants to spend serious money on something that people are just going to steal? Some companies lose millions dollars from a major title being pirated. If you go on any torrent site and look at how many times a mainstream game like Modern Warfare 2 has been downloaded, figure that maybe 5% (max) are repeat downloaders (for whatever reason) or already rightfully own the game, you'll see that the revenue lost on such games is a huge figure. What's the incentive for producing PC games anymore?
  8. scout2of3

    scout2of3 Newcomer, in training

    It's my opinion that in order for their web based game store to be accepted, they will have to compete with their prices between Steam, D2D, Impulse, etc.
  9. whiteandnerdy

    whiteandnerdy TechSpot Member Posts: 71

    i know one thing they should bring back in their "doubling down", that thing that allowed PC gamers to play those on consoles. just for some laughs and to hear them complain again.
  10. Timonius

    Timonius TechSpot Booster Posts: 573   +31

    Again, DITCH the points system! This is what is holding back Microsoft's 'dedication' to the PC gamer crowd.
  11. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 124

    Doesnt sound exciting to me. Dunno but i prefer to play offline games at my own convinence
     
  12. Mydnight

    Mydnight Newcomer, in training

    Call my cynical but I'll believe M$ when I see it. As others have mentioned M$ has both bashed & "Supported" PC games. Actions speak louder than words.
  13. T3x

    T3x Newcomer, in training

    If they want to be taken seriously by PC gamers they need to start releasing alot more of the xbox games for the pc as well. Halo, Gears, ect
  14. freythman

    freythman TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 123   +10

    PC Gaming will forever live on in my heart. I'm not sure how this will compare to Steam, as I'm not in favor of having to "buy points" to buy a game. I'd much rather just straight out buy the game. Just my two cents.
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    GFWL Marketplace looks like a MSFT version of Steam; they need to do more than that (or bring something new to the table) IMHO to boost PC gaming, if they're really intent on taking on Valve's already-established juggernaut.
  16. ional10

    ional10 Newcomer, in training

    About time! for years the windows pc gaming services have seriously lagged behind while steam and other vendors (direct2drive) have drastically improved. Hopefully this new store will be choc-a-block full of good games. If they can get good customer support services (i.e. people you can actually talk to about issues with a purchase or what not) then the store will SUCCEED! let's hope for the best here and of course, frequent sales with heavily reduced gaming prices!!
  17. ElDaFree

    ElDaFree Newcomer, in training

    Great to see some support for PC gaming from Microsoft. Their sleek new Windows Live interface will be interesting to check out. As a Gold member I am certainly hoping for some quality new content and competitive pricing. Cross platform play would be a great element for them to work on. How often would I have liked to play GTA IV with my peers on Xbox. Sure, mouse/keyboard setups can be a real advantage in multiplayer matches, but games like Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3 seemed to take the right approach by letting users filter servers by the control method that is being used.
    A must-have feature for Windows Live should be the ability to create backups of your game library, like Steam. An invaluable feature, making Steam my main platform of choice for digital content at the moment.
  18. omega00

    omega00 Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    This is just another avenue for Microsoft to tap into in order increase sales, i.e. make more money. It's almost like Netflix's decision to move away from DVD mail orders to an increasingly popular and more cost-effective enterprise of streaming content directly into our TVs. I hope this works out for Microsoft, because in the long run, it should help propel further the video game industry.
  19. limpangel

    limpangel TechSpot Member Posts: 65

    My question is why didn't MS do this any sooner. They put the Games for Windows tag on retail copies of games since Vista, but it really had no use except for the newer games which include achievements.
    Also it would be nice to integrate somehow the retail copy with the online account like Steam does with some games or Blizzard with their own.
    Anyway competition is always good and I wouldn't hesitate to buy a game from GfW if it has a better offer than Steam.
  20. fritz123

    fritz123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 56

    i think its a good idea to do this. they gonna catch up with other providers. i hope they put out more title from the xbox to the pc since i suck using the controller for fps games. they should also put out the points system. it kinda bothers me at times. but for the Windows store, i think its a good idea and will lead to cheaper games and much more convenient purchasing. well, in my opinion..
  21. XnaX

    XnaX Newcomer, in training Posts: 39

    I hope this is the microscopic tip of the enormous iceberg, because saying the words "doubling down" and making a marketplace, is just admidding how careless you were before that..
  22. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot Newcomer, in training Posts: 92

    This is an interesting change from what seemed to be a popular consensus a little while back that the PC was a dead platform regarding games. Good to see people are taking it seriously.
  23. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 Newcomer, in training Posts: 489

    If Microsoft is serious about PC gaming, how about reviving the Mechwarrior 5 project ? I still can't believe that they dumped a great franchise to promote their X-Box 360 mech game.
  24. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 782   +10

    NO!!! Don't Microsoft! :(
  25. Storagebox

    Storagebox Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

    i was a big console gamer, until i decided to buy a real gaming rig, and now im mostly on pc sooo much better, console is nice for RPG and platform games, but for the Rest PC is the way to go and Steam really got it down for it


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