Develop Magazine is reporting that Chris Satchell, CTO of Microsoft’s Entertainment devices division, announced in his keynote at the Microsoft Gamefest conference that the PC side of Xbox Live called Games for Windows Live will be free for developers and consumers to use. Previously, developers that wanted to use Games for Windows Live had to pay for it, but now that it is free Microsoft expects a lot more developers to support it.
Microsoft is also revamping the user interface to provide a better experience for PC gamers. They admitted that the first version of Games for Windows Live was taken from what they used on the Xbox, but that it wasn’t what PC gamers wanted.
Microsoft is also planning on rolling out a Marketplace section to the PC version of Live later this year to go along with all these other improvements.
For more details about Games for Windows Live visit the Game for Windows website.
I think that Microsoft had to make this service free on the PC, since PC gamers don’t have to use it and can easily use GameSpy Arcade, Xfire or and other free online gaming service. I wonder why Microsoft didn’t make this free to begin with and is it too late now to get people to use it?
Also, what will Xbox 360 owners that have to pay for Xbox Live think of this announcement?
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