Look out, Valve; Microsoft is about to jump in your sandbox. Shacknews brings word that a PC version of Microsoft's Games on Demand online service will debut on December 15.
Part of the Games for Windows Live package, the new Games on Demand store will let folks purchase and download PC games from the Internet using either credit cards or Microsoft Points. Xbox and Games for Windows Live fans will know that Microsoft Points are a virtual unit of currency with an 80:1 exchange rate to the U.S. dollar, which users can purchase content with while forgetting they're spending real money.
Initially, Microsoft will offer puzzle game Tinker for free to lure players into the Games on Demand PC store. Resident Evil 5, Red Faction: Guerrilla, and Battlestations: Pacific will be available for purchase, and Microsoft will throw in a couple of indie titles for good measure: Osmos and World of Goo.
That handful of games falls somewhat short of the myriad of titles on Steam, not to mention the launch lineup for the Xbox Live version of Games on Demand. As Shacknews reported on August 5, Microsoft had 24 titles, including several big names like Assassin's Creed and BioShock, on offer when the Xbox service debuted. Everything has to start somewhere, though, right?