Microsoft launches Play service to allow users to play Xbox games on Windows 8

As a part of its renewed strategy, Microsoft launched its Plays service which allows a user to play Xbox Live Arcade games on his/her Windows 8 device (be it a laptop/PC or a tablet). This is happy news for users who may want to switch over to a Windows 8 device and later carry on with the same game.

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The words on the official webpage paint a bright picture:

“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!”

Currently, though only the following 15 titles are available via the Windows Store but soon many more are bound to follow:

  • Skulls of the Shogun.
  • The Gunstringer: Dead Man Running.
  • ilomilo+.
  • Wordament.
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War.
  • Taptiles.
  • Rocket Riot 3D.
  • Reckless Racing Ultimate.
  • Pinball FX2.
  • Microsoft Minesweeper.
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
  • Microsoft Mahjong.
  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane.
  • Adera.
  • 4 Elements II Special Edition

With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft seemingly has adopted a new strategy to make sure that its services/apps etc. are all available cross-platform, hence serving to the better needs of the consumer. Also, it is constantly encouraging developers to develop apps/games which can be easily ported to another platform within the Windows ecosystem.

Get to know more about Play through its official website.

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Microsoft Student Partner | Computer Science graduate | Loves flirting with technology | Microsoft watcher | Syed Asrarullah lives on the web at @asrartheone.