Microsoft's voluntary Games for Windows certification program is undergoing some changes for both consumers and game makers, with a primary goal of its latest revision to make the brand more accessible.
According to a post on The Windows Blog
, today's update to Games for Windows revamps the technical guidelines and adds greater compatibility and stability support, as well as integrates the program more fully into the Windows 7 game explorer.
Significantly, Microsoft has also opened the Games for Windows Self Certification Site
, which publicly outlines the steps involved in releasing a Games for Windows-branded title and makes available the GFW technical and test requirements tool within the DirectX SDK.
The company says its goal is to attract "more game developers participating with more game titles that pass a standardized set of technical requirements."
Citing a revenue report from the PC Gaming Alliance, Microsoft claimed PC gaming is "hotter than ever," and said the GFW program is now available to all interested developers and publishers.