Microsoft Wants You To Play XBLA Games On Windows 8 And RT

Microsoft has begun promoting its new Play service, beginning with the migration of 15 Xbox Live Arcade games to Windows 8 and Windows RT. The service allows users to play some XBLA games on their Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, and there's much more on the way.

When the Windows Store launched, its ability to unify games across computers made it seem like a natural fit for XBLA titles. But the fragmentation between Microsoft's various stores quickly because apparent through missteps, like the Mature rating flub. This is an encouraging step towards getting all of Microsoft's stores (Windows, Xbox, Windows Phone) on the same page.

It's also possibly a heads up about the platform that the Xbox 720/Durango will be built on. It would make perfect sense to start this migration now and then build the next Xbox as either a Windows 8 box, or at least on the Windows 8 kernel.

Here's the full list of games added in this first wave of Microsoft Play:

Skulls of the Shogun.

The Gunstringer: Dead Man Running.



Toy Soldiers: Cold War.


Rocket Riot 3D.

Reckless Racing Ultimate.

Pinball FX2.

Microsoft Minesweeper.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

Microsoft Mahjong.

Hydro Thunder Hurricane.


4 Elements II Special Edition.

Most of the games listed above have been available for a while — there are a few new ones in there. This is merely the launch of Microsoft talking about how XBLA titles have been migrated. It seems like more of a statement of intent for more titles going forward, which is good news.

[Microsoft via TNW]

Originally published on Gizmodo


    the most important question however will be, do i have to PAY for another copy of the game for the surface, or will the ones i have bought on XBLA already be cross platform?

      Looks like you have to buy them again.
      Just for an example though, Toy Soldiers for Win8 is half the price of the XBLA version. (Haven't checked the others, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were about half the price too) So it's not as bad as it could be with having to buy it twice, but still, could be way better. Hopefully cross platform copies will come when the next xbox comes out.

        The problem is, i already own toy soldiers on xbox, pinballfx2 and gunstringer.
        I dont mind having to buy an xbox version and then PC version the platform is completely different and normally a more indepth game (not always), but if i then have to buy a 3rd version for the surface, this change in the way M$ are doing it wont be as good as they seem to be trying to make it.

        With the migration to a crossplatform functionality and cloud service being as rampent as it is, there is no real reason for M$ to charge you twice for XBLA titles.

          Ohhh, is that what you were talking about.
          If you buy it from the Windows Store, you can run it on up to 5 different Windows 8/RT devices. You just have to check which ones the games are compatible with. Toy Soldiers is only for Windows 8, not RT, so you wouldn't be able to get it on the Surface anyway.

            Thats good to know, assuming they still allow the one copy to be used WIN8/XboX
            But im not buying an RT, im waiting for the full win8 surface, so that shouldnt be an issue.

            Cheers dude

    Do they cost money or Microsoft points?

    Cross buy like for the Playstation? And will DLC be cross platform? Will games be cross-platform? Will Pinball FX 2 allow me to have a 3 prong view so I can mimic an actual pinball table?

    The ability to integrate a Windows phone with my XBL profile makes me tempted to get a Windows phone, but I feel like in the long run games will not be a huge draw card for which phone I have.

    Still, gives me something to think about. I'm not due for a new phone until March 2014, I may feel differently once the next Xbox is out.

    If, for example, the new Xbox allows cross-buy/cross-play functionality on games between console and PC, then this could be a massive kick in the teeth for Steam.

    An actual competitor for once.

    if they bring Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie im in

    only about 3 of those are potential XBLA ports... gunstringer, rocket riot, ilomilo for example don't appear to be the same versions... specially gunstringer seeing as its a kinect game

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