Microsoft has announced
a bundle of Xbox Live games that will be available for Windows 8 on the OS's October 26 launch date. The titles will work on "any Windows 8 PC, laptop, or tablet," according to xbox.com.
Windows 8 will come with an Xbox Live app pre-installed, through which users will be able to access the 32 launch games, which include Jetpack Joyride
, Fruit Ninja
, Dragon's Lair
, and Big Buck Hunter Pro
. In addition to game access, the app will allow players to gain achievements, place on leaderboards, and play in multiplayer modes.
While the assortment of games isn't all that compelling (full list below), the crossover of mobile and console games to PCs and tablets helps Windows 8's case as a flexible platform. Kotaku
notes that many of the games were available in the App Store in a recent build of Windows 8, and that they seemed to be straight ports of the mobile versions.
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