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Microsoft announces "Play" Xbox arcade games on Windows 8/RT

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Gaming has always been one of the bright spots of the Microsoft ecosystem. Windows is known as a gamer's OS, the Xbox is the most popular home console in the US (although not worldwide), and even though the app ecosystem isn't as vast on Windows Phone, the games have been a bright spot. Now, Microsoft has announced new branding for Xbox arcade games on Windows 8/RT, which will now be called "Play".

Most of the games that are being pulled under the new Play banner have been in the Windows Store for a while, so this is more a rebranding of a section of the store. The idea is that users will be able to play arcade games made for Xbox LIVE on any Windows 8/RT compatible device, and have the full suite of social features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and ways to connect with friends.

The strange thing about the new Play service is that the tag line is "Play Anywhere", but it doesn't link in to the Xbox console or Windows Phone. At least not yet. It seems likely that will come in the future. 

source: Microsoft via WMPU

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posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:29 2

1. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Nice on MS :D

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:44 2

2. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Microsoft port halo 3,reach and 4 to pc + gears of war 2 and 3 and you will be loved again.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:06 1

3. Fallin (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Name sounds similar to the Google "Play" Store...Just my 2 cents. On another note, keep up the good job MS. The more games the better. Let users have a variety of games to play.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:27 1

4. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Aahh man....this is nice. I got a handful of Xbox Live Arcade games. Surface is starting to a lil better....all I would need is for Playstation Mobile to be available on a Surface....and I would scratch an Android tablet off my wish list.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 19:00 2

5. Red-Pain (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


well then i guess android tablets are going to be on your wish list forever :)

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