Windows 8 PC Gets Xbox Live Arcade Games

  • Microsoft Studios launching Play
  • First 15 games for the service
  • Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Arcade Games are coming to Windows 8, allowing users to play selected games on their computer with Microsoft Studios launching Play and selecting the first 15 games for the service.

  • Microsoft Studios launching Play
  • First 15 games for the service
  • Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Arcade Games are coming to Windows 8, allowing users to play selected games on their computer with Microsoft Studios launching Play and selecting the first 15 games for the service. The move is Microsoft attempt to shake up its product offerings, showing the potential for Windows 8 and compatibility across devices.

In order to do this, Microsoft Studios has launched Play – an initiative that will allow Xbox Live Arcade games to be played on Windows 8 devices. One game, Toy Soldiers, will not run on Windows RT, but the rest should run on any Windows 8 device, including the Microsoft Surface.

Complete with Friends and Achievements, the ported games are faithful recreations of the original, and we are told that at least some will support being able to start a game on an Xbox and continue it elsewhere.

Microsoft needs Windows 8 to succeed, not just on the desktop, but also on tablets, too. That’s one of the reasons why the company is pulling out all the stops to try and make the PC as compelling an option as possible, but the biggest task is selling Windows on tablets, or hybrids.

The launch line-up all allows for free trials of the games, which include some familiar offerings.

The line-up goes as follows:

  • Toy Soldiers 4
  • Elements: Special Edition
  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Rocket Riot 3D
  • Reckless Racing Ultimate
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Microsoft Mahjong
  • Microsoft Minesweeper
  • Taptiles
  • Adera
  • Pinball FX2
  • Wordament
  • Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  • Ilomilo+, Skulls of the Shogun.

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