Microsoft has released the newest edition of its online PC service, Games for Windows Live.
The most significant addition to Microsoft’s new platform is how users can access the Marketplace in the middle of a game.
The Xbox 360 manufacturer says that when players buy an item from the in-game Marketplace, Games for Windows Live will download and install the item in the background.
It would be a logistical triumph if such DLC could then be accessed in-game without restarting, though since the company has not mentioned such a feat in its press release, expect this to not feature.
Game publishers are also able to implement new anti-piracy measures. Server-side authentication, for example, will tie Gamertags to game licences.
“A PC game can be installed anywhere the Gamertag goes,” the firm added.