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September 2, 2012

Microsoft confirms first wave of Xbox games for Windows 8


Been wondering what your gaming options will be when you first take a new Windows 8 PC or Windows RT tablet out of the box?

Microsoft has confirmed that its first wave of Xbox titles for the OS will include 40 games, 29 of which come from Microsoft Studios. Those include quite a few familiar titles like: Angry Birds (and Angry Birds Space), Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride,as well as the old mainstays like Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong. Anyone hoping for the likes of a Halo or Gears of War title are out of luck for now, though. As we’d heard previously, all Xbox games will be accessible from within the pre-installed Games app, and they’ll each boast most of the Xbox Live features you’d expect, including achievements and leaderboards.

You can find the full list below, and Microsoft promises that more will be added: A World of Keflings Adera: Episode 1 Adera: Episode 2 Adera: Episode 3, Angry Birds, Angry, Birds Space, Big Buck Hunter Pro, BlazBlue, Calamity, Trigger, Collateral Damage, Crash Course, GO, Cut the Rope, Disney Fairies, Dragon’s Lair, Field & Stream Fishing, Fruit Ninja, Gravity Guy, Gunstringer, Dead Man Running, Hydro, Thunder, Hurricane, IloMilo, iStunt 2, Jetpack, Joyride, Kinectimals, Unleashed, Microsoft Mahjong, Microsoft Minesweeper, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Monster Island, PAC-MAN Championship Edition, DX Pinball, FX 2, Reckless Racing, Ultimate Rocket Riot, 3D Shark Dash, Shuffle Party, Skulls of the Shogun Taptiles, Team Crossword, The Harvest HD, Toy Soldiers, Cold War, Wordament and Zombies!!!

By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.