Microsoft to fold Windows games site into Xbox.com

Microsoft is merging Games for Windows Marketplace with Xbox.com, giving users the ability to buy Windows and Xbox games under the same roof.

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Microsoft is merging its Games for Windows Marketplace with its Xbox.com site, a move that will allow gamers to buy and download any title at a single site.

Touting the merger on its Games for Windows Marketplace site, Microsoft said that "now you can get all of your gaming needs in one place. It's convenient, it's concentrated, and it's a whole lot of great games."

Offering games designed for Windows, the Games for Windows Marketplace went through a revamp last year in an attempt by Microsoft to make the online store more robust and user friendly. Xbox.com is set up as a hub to let Xbox users access their accounts, modify their profiles, connect with friends, and download games directly to their consoles via Xbox Live. The site also went through its own refresh last year.

Microsoft did not immediately return CNET's request for further details.

But a Microsoft spokesperson told gaming site Eurogamer that the two sites will merge on July 11 and also explained how the merger would work.

"All of the same content from GamesForWindows.com will be available on Xbox.com so members of communities across Xbox 360 and Games for Windows can purchase and get details on their favorite games, all in one place," the spokesperson told Eurogamer.

 

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