Microsoft not killing Games for Windows Live in Windows 8

Xbox Live coming to Windows 8 doesn't mean Games for Windows Live is gone

Microsoft has confirmed that Games for Windows Live is not falling by the wayside despite the appearance of PC games on the Xbox Live-enabled Windows 8. NeoGamr asked Microsoft if the Windows Store release of Hydro Thunder Hurricane on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview meant Games for Windows was being phased out in the future.

"Answer is no," Microsoft replied. "Microsoft continues to support the Games for Windows platform, but we are making new investments in Metro style games."

"We are committed to delivering extraordinary entertainment experiences across devices in a uniquely connected way. Xbox Live on Windows 8 is a milestone in that journey. With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, you'll get a taste of some of the features we're bringing with Xbox on Windows, but we'll have more to share later this year as we get closer to launch."

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
To be honest, it's already dead. Anyone who's got G4WL installed, fire up the marketplace client. Anyone who hasn't, here's what you're greeted with:

"Great Games, Great Prices: Now on
Shop for your favourite games in every genre at the PC Games Marketplace on You’ll find Games for Windows Marketplace exclusives, Games for Windows — LIVE games, bargain games, casual games and more at"

That's the front page of the client. Clicking on the link opens the XBox marketplace. In your browser.

It's sad that they're trying to force such a worthless piece of rubbish onto people still. At least Origin has some value, even compared to Steam. But this? Utterly without worth. All they're doing is annoying consumers and fragmenting the digital distribution and DRM marketplace even more.
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James Landi Web Journalists | PC Gaming Advocate 5 years ago
Microsoft, PC gaming's biggest barrier to success.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd5 years ago
They haven't even updated the service in 11 months. Does anyone really believe this thing is still alive?
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 5 years ago
Relic dropped G4WL from DoW : Retribution as it was very unpopular with fans - a year ago.
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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster5 years ago
Realistically, Xbox live is far superior to G4WL, but if they decide to do a PC exclusive now that XBL is coming to PC it will probably be branded G4WL. Other than that, the old client will be supported but functionally dead.
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