Microsoft has re-launched the Games for Windows Marketplace along with an update for the Games for Windows Marketplace Client. The main update today comes in the form of the brand new Games for Windows Marketplace, which has become an entirely web-based store.
The webpage has a very streamlined appearance and this also means that gamers can access it anywhere they like. Microsoft has also stated that the service will now provide ultra-fast downloads, without having to sit and wait any longer for your downloads to finish.
The new design certainly makes for a much cleaner and easier to read marketplace, than the one that used to be integrated with the Games for Windows client. The client is still required if you purchase any titles on the website. It also allows your games to be kept up date with the latest patches and security updates. Microsoft have also stated that they plan to have many offers and discounts on the website, although so far there are no special offers online compared to any other digital download services.
In other news, Microsoft has also released a small update for the Games for Windows – LIVE service. The update contains various bug fixes and improvements, with the main one being a voice codec upgrade that has also recently been added to Xbox LIVE, to keep the client in line with the console service.
The update has also added a new system of CD Key access called “Per-Title 5x5 Access keys”, which are tied to the games themselves but not to any specific PC or LIVE account. This means that anyone with a gamertag can play the title on your PC. This new system will work with new Games for Windows LIVE titles only.