Microsoft Begins Exclusivity with Fable 3

The PC platform has numerous download services that compete with one another. Microsoft has always been lacking on the PC side of things. However, Microsoft’s exclusivity over the other companies seems to begin with Fable 3 as it is only offered through Games for Windows LIVE on Demand. I guess Microsoft finally realized it can have a potential grip over each download service by offering 360 only games through their on demand service. Will this strategy really work out for them?

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Charmers3130d ago

Ha good luck to Microsoft on this one, I reckon they have left it too little too late to get a strangle hold on the DD market. It isn't particularly inspiring that they have started this with Fable 3. It seems most PC gamers were quite happy to live without Fable 2 I can't see number 3 making them go "OMGZ I got to use GFWL on demand from now on".

If anything not releasing this game on steam will inevitably kill sales of the title leading to claims of "it's those pesky pirates again". This is just another half hearted attempt by MS, they might have achieved it if they had done this with Alan Wake but no way will they achieve this with Fable 3.

Megaton3130d ago (Edited 3130d ago )

I've never seen a single PC gamer say a positive thing about GFWL. It's always bad whenever it's being discussed. Pretty stupid to keep your PC games exclusive to the most mocked DD platform in the world, even if you happen to be the ones running it. Think it would be better to shut that clown show down and run their stuff through Steam.

HammockGames3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

MS and Valve have always been tight. So I've always been a little puzzled why they never quite put the pieces together on this one.

Seems like it would be a win for both of them.

Steam gets some additional games & store traffic.

MS gets a legit digital distribution platform to deal from.

Head scratcher.

van-essa3130d ago

Remember what people were saying about Microsoft when they entered the console business?

Sounds familiar.

mcgrawgamer3130d ago (Edited 3130d ago )

no where near the same vein. Most pc gamers (me included) remember when MSFT tried to charge us for GFWL. Catalog is trash compared to Steam, Impulse, D2D, GOG. Hec it's not even comparable to

I have 1 GFWL game Batman AA got it for 12 bucks and guess what it links to my xbox account. MSFT is trying to make GFWL the xbox of PC real and that is NOT going to work. It hasn't worked up to this point. MSFT tried to 'crap' on pc gamers and this pc gaming alliance was nothing more than an insult. Now if they can prove me and the other millions of pc gamers wrong more power to them but as it stands now they should save face and bow down to steam as far as I'm concerned.

likedamaster3130d ago

Agreed vanessa.

On another note, I use all kinds of downloading services to download exclusive games... this will be no different.

ALFAxD_CENTAURO3130d ago (Edited 3130d ago )

Every Product from Microsoft compared to other product is not good.

Compare Games for Windows to Steam, or D2D. Games for Windows Live sucks compared to those.

kaveti66163129d ago

GFWL sucks donkey bawls.

Microsoft enters too many markets with halfheartedness. GFWL cannot compete with STEAM and many other free DD services.

diatom3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Let's talk Windows Mobile, Windows Live, Zune, or Vista.

Heck even MS's console success was partially due to Sony's initial failure to produce a machine at a reasonable price and on schedule.

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joydestroy3130d ago

a lot of us are very loyal steam users.

pangitkqb3130d ago (Edited 3130d ago )

And more. I have a few titles through GFWL (Fallout 3 GOTYE, GTA IV) and they work fine and let me interact w/friends on Xbox live as I play. It might not be the best service, but it certainly works fine.

rexus123453130d ago

I guess MS is feeling some pressure from Steam releasing on Mac. Now they probably cannot afford to ignore PC gamers any more.

JokesOnYou3129d ago (Edited 3129d ago )

Micro's main target for sales of their pc/360 games is the 360, Fable 2 wasn't for PC, so I see this as microsoft trying to explore other means of revenue through GFWL, they could have simply made it 360 only, but with this strategy anything they make off of the GFWL sales is just a plus that they wouldn't have made otherwise. They want the same people who've been playing Fable on console to continue to buy Fable3 for 360, and this is only done to attract a select group of pc enthusiasts who will try it on GFWL and thus its a few extra sales for micro total sales either way. If they really cared about legit PC sales they'd do a normal pc/360 release but they'd like to keep as much profit as they can from 360 sales, since individual pc games don't make as much profit per unit sale as 360 games.


caladbolg7773129d ago

Waiting for the definitive "Lost Chapters" version.

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Arnon3130d ago

GFWL is pretty awful. Go figure they would put this exclusively on there.

Double Toasted3130d ago (Edited 3130d ago )

Ok, now I see why they released it on pc. Its a GFWL exclusive....

Edit: Below, Blaze, yeah...they want all of that money, do they not?

Blaze9293130d ago

"The game will be available as a box copy 'and' digitally, exclusively on Games on Demand on Games for Windows – LIVE and will cost $49.99 USD."

Charmers3130d ago (Edited 3130d ago )

Yeah I have to admit when I first heard the news about Fable 3 I was quite "pleased" I had hoped it indicated a turning point for Microsoft and a renewed desire to support PC gaming.

Now the details are emerging I should have guessed there was something "more" behind all this "hey PC guys we love you really, in fact we love you so much we are going to bring fable 3 to the PC".

I saw a post on another board earlier and they were speculating that perhaps steam arriving on the Mac has rattled a few cages at MS HQ and this is MS's response to that.

Either way at the moment I am not worried about GFWL on demand it will take a hell of a lot more than an RPG by Molyneux to get me to go anywhere near GFWL.

Pandamobile3130d ago

If it's only available for download on GFW Live it will fail extremely hard.

No one wants to use that shit.

MexicanAppleThief3130d ago

What's so bad about it? Seriously, I have no idea.

Pandamobile3129d ago

It's clunky, slow, and just a pain in the ass. 90% of the crashes I get in my GFW games are caused by the Games For Windows application itself.

MexicanAppleThief3129d ago

Well, that's a shame. I was hoping to buy this game on my soon-to-be gaming laptop...

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