Games for Windows Live to challenge Steam?

Microsoft has, without great fanfare, revamped its Xbox 360-a-like Games For Windows Live service, and the introduction of a PC version of content delivery service Live Marketplace suggests that the technology firm is on the verge of launching its own digital downloads system.

Users will be able to access trailers, demos and, more importantly, DLC for titles such as Bethesda’s Fallout 3. Microsoft has also confirmed that a number of upcoming high profile titles will support the service, with GTA IV and Warhammer 40,000 name dropped.

The online space is and will remain the driving force behind Windows gaming, and we’re taking steps to ensure that Games for Windows Live provides a unique online home for PC gamers," Edge Online quotes vice president of Live John Schappert as stating.

This new release was designed specifically with our community of PC gamers and game developers in mind. It’s a natural next step in delivering a world-class online service for Windows gamers.”

Additionally, Games For Windows Live general manager Chris Early has confirmed to Shacknews that full game downloads are a big part of the firm’s future plans for the service, stating that it’s clearly it’s on our road map”.

The Marketplace is not yet fully operational, though an update expected in the next two to three weeks is expected to activate the service.

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