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Games for Windows Live Now Free for Developers and Consumers

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?

Comments [2]

  • CROM - July 24th, 2008 at 12:55 pm
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    It would be great if MS did the same thing for the 360, but I doubt it very much. Only if the PS3 HOME starts to rock, then maybe there will be enough preasure on MS to do so.

  • cnc137 - July 24th, 2008 at 2:09 pm
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    Xbox 360 owners don’t have any alternatives that are free like PC gamers do, so I doubt Microsoft would stop charging for Xbox Live on Xbox 360 unfortunately.

    If you want to play online games on Xbox 360 you have to use Xbox Live and if you want to use Xbox Live you have to pay for it.

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Date: July 23, 2008
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