Xbox Live Games Are Coming to Windows 8 This October

On October 26th, your Windows PC will become an Xbox. Sort of.

The integration between Microsoft's game console and its newest PC operating system will be getting a whole lot tighter, as Windows 8 users will be getting access to select Xbox Live games like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds Space and BlazBlue Calamity Trigger

Full list:

  • 4 Elements II Special Edition
  • A World of Keflings
  • 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
  • IloMilo
  • iStunt 2
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Kinectimals Unleashed
  • Monster Island
  • PAC-MAN Championship DX 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
  • Zombies!!!

The titles will be available through a built-in Xbox Live app that comes with Windows 8. These games will run on laptops, tables or desktops running the software and will sport achievements, leaderboards and multiplayer.

Microsoft has been heralding Windows 8 as a mobile-friendly OS that's nearly device-agnostic. Our own Kate Cox notes that many of these games were available in the App Store of the Windows 8 build that she evaluated recently. Lots of these games seemed to be straight-up ports of mobile versions. At the very least, these games might be easy ways to buff your gamerscore.