The Games for Windows Self-Certification program is designed to showcase the Windows gaming platform, and to promote game titles which pass a set of technical requirements and promise consumers a great gaming experience.
The Games for Windows brand on a title means the following:
- Quality—Games for Windows branded titles undergo extensive testing, and not just by the publisher. Microsoft also invests in quality checking titles to ensure each title meets performance and reliability standards.
- Compatibility—Games for Windows branded titles work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7-based PCs, including both 32- and 64-bit editions. Games for Windows titles that support controllers also are compatible with the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows, including the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. They even support widescreen resolutions.
- Safety features—You can be confident that any title carrying the Games for Windows brand will support the new parental controls and family settings features in Windows Vista.
- Easy to Play—Games for Windows branded titles are easy to install, find, and remove, especially in Windows Vista. Every Games for Windows title appears in the new Windows Vista Games Explorer (no more hunting around the start menu for that game you just installed). Also, Games for Windows branded titles all offer some form of "easy install," which puts you in the game more quickly.