Games for Windows – Multiplayer Becomes Free

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Microsoft announced on Tuesday that the multiplayer features for Games for Windows Live are now going to be free. Not only that, but they will be adding a new GFW marketplace near the end of they year that will rival the marketplace found on Xbox Live.

The features that have been made free include: multiplayer achievements, matchmaking, cross-platform play with the Xbox 360, GFW voice chat, and more.

All of these features were previously charged for. This seems like a desperate attempt to breath some life into its GFW Live service after its miserable reception. What did they expect when they made features like this on the PC require a paid subscription when PC gamers have been enjoying free online gaming since the internet was made available and accessible.

Not to mention that they are being trashed by Valve’s Steam service, which allows many of the same features and some that it doesn’t, but for nothing at all.


Last Updated: July 23, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • SlippyMadFrog

    Thats great. Maybe if the PSN keeps going like it does XBL Gold will also be free in the future.

  • Yeah im pretty sure MS are not makingthat much off the subs alone when compared to how much they must make of dlc.

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  • Fudzy

    Remember, this is Microsoft you’re talking about. Their job is to make profit streams by bending you over a barrel.

  • Charl

    So Microsoft’s attempt at making PC gamers pay for none subscription multiplayer games backfires? My how odd!

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