Amazon now sells full 360 games for download

Wednesday, 8th April 2009 15:18 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Amazon’s launched a 360 store in the US, offering games for download for cash instead of Microsoft Points.

You buy the games, download them to your 360 and play them. All very convenient.

The service also allows people to purchase subscription cards for Xbox Live and Microsoft Points.

Kotaku’s rumouring the same may be on the way for PS3, Wii and possibly PSP.

All sounds good to us. Thanks, Blerk.



  1. Blerk

    I hope they launch a similar scheme in the UK. Points are silly.

    And, of course, there’s the opportunity for ‘discounting’.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Basically what I was going to say. And I hope more companies take this idea on too, have some competition and the chance to shop around.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    And they need to start doing DLC as well as XBLA games too. Then it’ll be perfect.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Nice. Shame they’re just XBLA games, but I really like the idea of this simply because it finally allows you to gift games to people.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Halo Jones

    I’ve had a look at this and all I can see is that it’s a web interface for their store.

    Put title in basket -> Buy Code -> Recieve Code -> Enter Code on Xbox -> Download game.

    Not really simplifing the process, just putting a monetary value on the games without trying to figure out the MS Points value.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Well… yeah. How else would it work?

    The benefit here is that you only spend as much money as you want to spend, you don’t end up having to buy more points than you actually need. And you can gift something to someone. And Amazon might do ‘deals’ whereas Microsoft usually don’t.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Halo Jones

    The impression (before I took a look at the purchase process) I got was that it was linked to your Xbox gamer tag and the purchase was done that way. e.g. the purchase appears on your game list and you then download it. Cuts out the bit where you have to get the game code, and then enter it on the Xbox.

    That to me would have been the more logical way of doing it.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    You can enter the codes on instead and that automatically adds it to your download queue for the next time you start the 360 up. It’s much easier than typing those bloody great codes in using the joypad.

    You’re right, though – it would’ve been nice to be able to link the two up so that you didn’t even have to do that.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Hunam

    You can just copy/paste from your e-mail to though, so it’s not so bad.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. BillyBatts

    Quite surprised Microsoft agreed to do this as it probably (hopefully) spells the end for their scam of pricing games at 1200 points and selling points in batches of 2000 or whatever it is.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Roybott

    I think theres a market for this but I dont see it replacing Microsoft Points. Personally I like to be able to play a trial game and then just hit BUY and carry on playing…

    Not, stop playing > go to pc > load up website and login > find game > checkout/buy > wait for eamil > copy and paste code from email to > Play

    #11 6 years ago
  12. davidkenobi

    if others websites offer the service in some times this will mean that customers are there. curious to see more

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Retroid

    There’s already discounts as 2100 points cards are retail items so open to discounting. I recently ordered 4 cards from Additions catalogue because I found a £30-off-£60 voucher, by the time postage was added they were just a smidge over £12 per card, plus I got 8% Quidco cashback.

    Makes an 800 point game cost £4.57, a 1200 point game cost £6.85.


    #13 6 years ago
  14. David

    Please come to the UK PLEEEEEEEEAAAASSEE

    #14 6 years ago

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