Now Microsoft hopes to change all that. In an interview with Next-Gen, Microsoft commented on the new use of the "Games for Windows" brand with standard box sizes and what it means for PC gaming. The report states that "Games for Windows" labeling is used as a set of guidelines that Microsoft requires publishers to meet for easy installation, upcoming Vista support, and ESRB parental controls. The hope is to have retailers push PC games alongside that of console and handheld games (read: more sales).
Said the interviewed Microsoft spokesman: "New game titles carrying the Games for Windows branding will support wide-screen gaming, can be launched from within Windows Media Center, will be compatible with 64 bit consumer versions of Windows and support the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows (for games which enable gamepads)... We're going to be supporting Windows as a real gaming platform nowadays."