Games For Windows Live - today's closed online gaming service from Microsoft, which once served to organize a network game on your PC and console Xbox 360. In some projects where the level of the game was not too dependent on the input devices used, even a cross-platform multiplayer was supported. However, players had a lot of complaints about this service because of the poorly organized interface and problems with the stability of the connection in the network game. At one time, even petitions were made demanding the removal of GFWL from individual games (those where it worked particularly poorly).
Because of its unpopularity, 2014 Games For Windows Live was closed. Since then, no new projects with GFWL support have been released. However, Microsoft decided to allocate a number of work servers to activate previously purchased games. That is, players still have the ability to download and install a licensed copy of any PC game with Games For Windows Live, but the cooperative and networking features in it, unfortunately, will not be available.
In general, GFWL was a very controversial service that was often criticized. Nevertheless, there were some positive moments in it. In addition to the abovementioned cross-platform multiplayer, the service also supported automatic updating of games, had a single account for all devices, offered users a well-designed system of achievements and even its own digital content store - Games on Demand (now also closed).
- Cross-platform multiplayer support between PC and Xbox 360;
- Activation and updating of licensed copies of the games;
- a single account for all devices;
- its own digital shop with games and DLC;
- their own system of game achievements;
- serious problems with the stability of the network connection;
- a poorly organized interface.