“Play” Xbox Arcade Games On Windows 8/RT

Posted on Jan 17 2013 - 6:52pm by Phalgun Shenoy

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Windows has always been gamer’s choice. Mac OS may be very good at functionality, and may be it doesn’t have blue screen problems, and may be it is virus free, but when it comes to gaming, Windows is what most of them choose, and this is largely due to the fact that there are tons of titles available for PC. Xbox is the best selling console in the US. Windows Phone is also a very good looking mobile operating system and has the potential to top the smartphones chart, but what is stopping it from being there is the app ecosystem. Windows Phone has a rather weak app ecosystem when compared to iOS or Android, but gaming has been the bright spot of this platform.

Windows Phone includes Xbox gaming suite by default. Recently launched Windows 8/RT PC operating system is very similar to Windows Phone in terms of interface and it also includes Xbox. You can download games from Windows Store and play it, and now Microsoft has announced a new branding for Xbox arcade games on Windows 8/RT, which will now be called “Play”.

Get your game on with this amazing line-up of titles from Microsoft Studios. Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you’ll also find your favorite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more. All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today!

Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store.What Microsoft is offering is simple. You will be able to play the Arcade games made for Xbox live on any Windows 8/RT compatible device, and you can take advantage of social features including leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and ways to connect with friends. Most of the games that are being included under the all new “Play” banner include the titles that were already present in the Windows Store, so basically this can be seen as a re-branding exercise or a re-categorizing process.

Some of the new “Play” games include:
• Toy Soldiers (not available on Windows RT)
• 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 (launches at the end of January)

What’s amusing about the new branding is that it comes with the tagline “Play Anywhere”, but the “Play” isn’t connected to Windows Phone or Xbox console. May be Microsoft has future plans for that. Nevertheless, this is a welcome move from the software giant and I expect to see some more exciting games come to Windows 8 operating system. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know if you have given Play a try using the comment form below.

Source: Microsoft via WMPU

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