Xbox Games on Demand Adds Direct Credit Card Payments To XBLA

By Spencer . August 5, 2009 . 11:50am

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Microsoft sent out a launch list of retail Xbox 360 games which will also be available as downloads when the spring up date comes around. What’s interesting is you won’t need to buy Games on Demand title with Microsoft Points.

 

An excerpt of the press release is below. Take note of the bold text.

 

Full Xbox 360 games at the push of a button
Xbox 360 games: Games on Demand. Launching with a library of 21 great titles, Games on Demand marks the introduction of digitally distributed full Xbox 360 games: the titles you want, when you want them, straight to your Xbox 360 at the push of a button. You’ll also have the option to easily purchase Games on Demand titles directly via credit card.

 

Hopefully, this is a step forward to letting customers purchase Xbox Live Arcade games with cash instead of converting dollars to points to a purchase.

 

Here’s the initial lineup. At this time Microsoft has not announced pricing for the service.

 

North American Lineup

Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft)
BioShock (2K Games)   
Burnout Paradise (EA)
Call of Duty® 2 (Activision)
Dance Dance Revolution Universe (Konami)
Fight Night Round 3 (EA)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
Karaoke Revolution American Idol Encore (Konami)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios)   
Meet The Robinsons (Disney)
MX vs. ATV Untamed (THQ)
Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
Rainbow Six Vegas (Ubisoft)
Ridge Racer 6 (Namco)
Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
Prey (2K Games)
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Rockstar Games)
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (SEGA)
TEST DRIVE: UNLIMITED (Atari)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2K Games/Bethesda Softworks)
Viva Piñata (Microsoft Game Studios)
Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise (Microsoft Game Studios)

 

European Lineup

Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft)
Burnout Paradise (EA)
Call of Duty® 2 (Activision)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Fight Night Round 3 (EA)
Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios)
Meet The Robinsons (Disney)
MX vs. ATV Untamed (THQ)
Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
Prey (2K Games)
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Rockstar Games)
Sega Rally (Sega)
TEST DRIVE: UNLIMITED (Atari)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
Tomb Raider Legend (Eidos)
Viva Piñata (Microsoft Game Studios)
Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise (Microsoft Game Studios)


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  • http://twitter.com/DestronPrime Samuel Bateman

    Decent!

    They should add a Rockband game so that you can download everything for it. That’d be pretty sweet I think, and work nicely with Harmonix’ digital distribution thing.

  • sapient

    I would be happy when they decrease the price of the 120/60 GB hard disk addon so that I may be able to install these games.

  • http://eonhack.blogspot.com theclaw

    Please don’t do this, MS. Digital downloads are taxed in my state. Using points isn’t.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      You can still use points. Purchasing them with a credit card is another option.

  • Aoshi00

    Very nice features.. would these be actually cheaper than retail copies?

    Problem is hard drive space though, even a 120 gb could easily be filled by installing full games, which I’m alrdy doing. And MS proprietary HDDs aren’t cheap compared to PS3, which I had upgraded to 320 Gb at ~$90 last year.

    The Kameo pic up there looks lkie Riz zoawd :)

    • Aoshi00

      Never mind, saw Mass Effect for 1600 pts, so $20… guess it’d still be cheaper if one doesn’t mind hunting for a physical copy like the old xbox classics.

    • http://www.siliconera.com Spencer

      Huh. I never noticed that until now, but Kameo’s monster *does* look like the Wizard of Oz in Beyond the Yellow Brick Road.

      • Aoshi00

        yeah, that image just hit me for some reason. Did you manage to finish the game? I still can’t bring myself to do it, too much grinding to get money to buy armor/weapon… also the story wasn’t anything extraordinary to keep me playing. The music is very nice though..

  • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

    Nifty for people who enjoy downloadable media but if there’s a physical copy I will always choose that first. These are going to take up a lot of space though, wouldn’t you say? 5-6 gigs a game perhaps, or is it more?

    • Aoshi00

      HD space is definitely a problem, most games are ~7Gb max, or for simpler games like Raiden or Sonic Allstar Tennis they’re around 3 Gb, I’ve been installing everything that I’m playing anyway, and my 120 is not enough now.. So yeah, still better for movies and games to be on DVDs/blu-rays instead of taking up precious HD space on practical term.

  • zan flanigan

    kind of cool i guess but i live in canada where games are overpriced but you can still find used copies of games like pd0 and kameo for under $10 so unless these are priced around there (and pd0 comes with it patches included) it would be cheaper to just buy the hard copy.
    i still personally wanted more of the old xbox games rereleased for digital download (like conkers and kotor2) i think that would have been a more effective way of doing things considering hd space/pricing if they had released new (and good) games on a regular basis.

    • Aoshi00

      I was going to get Indigo Prophecy on Live for 1200 pts, then I poked around and found a new copy for $7. These seem to cost 20 bucks a piece (1600 pts) since they’re old games, not too bad.. other than the HD space issue.

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