Microsoft Announces Portfolio of Xbox Live Games for Windows 8

As addictive as it was in the ‘90s, Solitaire isn’t going to cut it as the flagship game for Windows 8. In fact, no one game really will: Microsoft is making tons of games available. The plan is to bring Xbox Live games to Windows 8, so users can get their game on whether they’re using a desktop, laptop, or even a tablet. The company is releasing so many games for Windows 8 that it’s sending the games in waves.

As you might expect, the games will be tied tightly to Xbox Live, which means you’ll be able to keep track of Xbox Achievements, use multiplayer modes, and do other things that Xbox Live users are already able to do.

Studios large and small are on board with the plan, including Gameloft, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios, Miniclip, Rovio, ZeptoLab, and of course, Microsoft Studios. Microsoft developed 29 of the games to be released in the first wave. Some of the titles you’ll see include Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Reckless Racing Ultimate, and Zombies!!!

Oh, we almost forgot. Yes, Microsoft Solitaire Collection will in the first wave.