Disproving the power of packaged goods once again, Valve's Steam digital download platform saw another year of massive growth in 2011, with sales more than doubling and the number of simultaneous users surpassing the five million mark. What gets five million people on Steam all at once?
Amazon's digital download service is serving up fresh copies of Modern Warfare 3 standard edition to all comers today, allowing players to purchase and pre-load for play at launch, with a $10 digital download coupon to sweeten the deal. [Amazon]
It may be inconvenient to users of more popular digital distribution platforms, but its picking up steam. During a UBS conference in London earlier today, EA chief financial officer Eric Brown set Origin install numbers at "about 4 million", saying that third-party content was coming "very soon".
For nearly a decade GameFly has been the Netflix of video games, delivering console and handheld titles to eager gamers across the United States, but where's the PC gaming love? It's coming later this year, when GameFly rolls out an online client featuring more than 100 free PC game downloads.
Not everyone that purchases downloadable PC games does it because they prefer shopping at home. Some of them just hate discs and boxes. Maybe it's an environmental thing. Perhaps their father was killed by a DVD. Whatever the case, GameStop's in-store digital PC game purchase method is perfect for those types.
GameStop's purchase of Steam rival Impulse comes to a head today, as the video game retail giant fully integrates the PC game digital download service into its online store. Now, instead of purchasing a downloadable PC game through GameStop.com, you can go to Steam instead, like you were doing already anyway.
Not content to dominate digital downloads on the Mac and PC, Valve is heading to GDC 2011 with plans for a "big picture" mode, a controller-friendly version of Steam perfect for playing on your big-screen television.
As promised, the new Steam client is now live, giving PC gamers the sort of shiny new and revamped features they've been craving for years.
Every weekend in March, Microsoft will be discounting Games on Demand for Windows titles, kicking things off with 75% off the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum this Friday through Monday.