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Games for Windows Program Gets an Update

by Rainier on Sept. 17, 2009 @ 3:11 a.m. PDT

Touting that global PC game software market in 2008 was up 18% over the year before, Microsoft claims PC gaming is hotter than ever, and announced that it is revamping the Games for Windows Program to includes new technical guidelines, a self-certification option, and a set of 22 technical requirements.

This revamp includes new technical guidelines, a self-certification option, and a set of 22 technical requirements which are designed to:

  • Create an easier game installation experience.
  • Support both 32-bit and 64-bit Platforms.
  • Support Ratings and Parental Controls in Windows 7
  • Game titles populated in the Game Explorer.
  • Enhanced game update notifications for game titles.
  • Stability, security and compatibility against commonly known issues.

The idea is to have more game developers participating with more game titles that pass a standardized set of technical requirements. Games that go through and pass these technical requirements will offer consumers a better gaming experience. Gamers can expect awesome high-quality gaming with Games of Windows titles going forward.

The new requirements for Games for Windows will also allow developers to take advantage of Windows 7 features and compatibility when Windows 7 is released on October 22nd. 

You get some of these improvements today with Games for Windows – LIVE titles. When you install the Games for Windows – LIVE 3.0 client on Windows 7, Games for Windows – LIVE is added to Game Providers in Games Explorer.

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