One of the most anticipated features of the fast-approaching Xbox 360 dashboard update is undoubtedly the “Games on Demand” service.
On “new dashboard launch day” (a catchy name I just made up for August 11, 2009), there will be 24 full Xbox 360 games available for download straight to your hard drive. Hit the jump to see if your favorites made the cut!
Without further ado, here’s the first batch of full downloadable games:
- Assassin’s Creed
- Burnout Paradise
- Call of Duty 2
- Dance Dance Revolution Universe
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Fight Night Round 3
- Kameo: Elements of Power
- Karaoke Revolution American Idol Encore
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Mass Effect
- Meet the Robinsons
- MX Vs. ATV Untamed
- Need for Speed Carbon
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted
- Perfect Dark Zero
- Rainbow Six Vegas
- Ridge Racer 6
- Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Test Drive: Unlimited
- Viva Piñata
- Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise
Not too shabby of a first haul, eh? Prices haven’t been announced yet, but they are supposedly comparable to the retail versions. Whether that means “cheaper” or “exactly the same” is undetermined as of yet. Personally, I just found a used-yet-complete copy of Perfect Dark Zero at a pawn shop for $3.99. Let’s see you beat that, Microsoft.
Further, it has been revealed that, while you can still use your Microsoft points to buy these games, you can now also charge them straight to your credit/debit card. Is this due to pressure from PSN and iTunes users? Or is Microsoft just trying to make it seem more like you’re actually “buying” a game instead of just “downloading” a game? Either way, it’s a welcome addition.
After downloading, you can also print the instruction manual from Xbox.com on your computer. Useful for those who want something tangible for their $19.99.
Let’s hope that Games on Demand goes over better than the Xbox Originals program did. Perhaps some overlooked games will get a much-deserved second chance? If nothing else, this will be a quick way to fill your Elite hard drive.