Windows 8 Xbox Games & a Microsoft / Atari Partnership Revives Classic Games

Microsoft’s first offering of Xbox titles for Windows 8 will include 40 games, 29 of which come from Microsoft Studios. Included are several familiar titles such as Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, as well as some older games–Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong. As Engadget previously reported, all Xbox games will be accessible from within the pre-installed Games app.  Each will also have most of the Xbox Live features you would expect, including achievements, leaderboards and some multiplayer games. The following is a partial list of the games and the rest can be found at Engadget.

  • Angry Birds
  • Angry Birds Space
  • Big Buck Hunter Pro
  • BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  • Collateral Damage
  • Gravity Guy
  • Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  • IloMilo
  • iStunt 2
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Rocket Riot 3D
  • Shark Dash
  • Shuffle Party

Credit: PCWorld.Com

A few of the games, including Wordament and Pinball FX 2 are already available in the Windows 8 Release Preview via the Xbox Live Games app.

Additionally, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Atari, which will yield some of the game maker’s classic games such as Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, and Missile Command. The classic Atari games are available at Atari Arcade and feature an updated touch-friendly design and rejuvenated graphics. Predictably, these games are opperationally at their best when you use Internet Explorer 10.  In particular, according to PCWorld, the user experience is optimized when using, “the formerly-known-as-Metro version in the Windows 8 Release preview. When you use IE 10, you also get an ad-free experience with Atari Arcade.”

Microsoft will also be adding the Xbox SmartGlass app to Windows 8, some time in the coming months. With Xbox SmartGlass, you can use a phone or tablet to enhance your games and entertainment experience on Xbox 360.

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