Microsoft have revealed there latest money making plan with the spring 2010 release of Microsoft games room,a virtual Arcade zone where your Avatar can wonder around and you can play retro games such as Asteroids.
You can customise your Arcade zone and buy retro games to bump up your collection as well as invite friends round to check out your place and play some games.
Each retro game is shown in it’s original arcade cabinet to give you that lovely,warm retro feel.
In terms of pricing Microsoft are using a more unusual system:
for 400 points you can buy the retro game for BOTH pc and xbox 360.
But for 240 points you can buy it for just a single platform,such as the Xbox.
You can also pay 40 points for a single go,allowing you to play before you buy.
Microsoft Games Room will be free to download,though as you can see it’s not so free to play.
There will be 30 titles available on release,with new titles released weekly and over 1,000 titles promised over the next 3 years.
The full list of games available on launch is:
Asteroids Deluxe (arcade)
Crystal Castles (arcade)
Lunar Lander (arcade)
Road Fighter (arcade)
Shao-Lin’s Road (arcade)
Super Cobra (arcade)
Red Baron (arcade)
Mountain Madness Super Pro Skiing (Intellivision)
Armor Battle (Intellivision)
Space Hawk (Intellivision)
Sub Hunt (Intellivision)
Sea Battle (Intellivision)
Space Armada (Intellivision)
Star Raiders (Atari 2600)
Outlaw (Atari 2600)
Yar’s Revenge (Atari 2600)
Millipede (Atari 2600)
Football (Atari 2600)
RealSports Tennis (Atari 2600)
Combat (Atari 2600)