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Microsoft Introduces "Play" which Brings Certain XBLA Games to Windows 8 and RT

A move which sees Microsoft step closer to taking over the world. Well. not quite.

In what may seem like an overdue feature, Microsoft have finally launched their ‘Play’ service which allows you to play select Xbox Live Arcade games on your Windows 8 and Windows RT device. At launch there are only 15 games which have been optimised for the cross platform experience.

"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!"

The available games which include “Solitare”, “Pinball FX2” and “Ilomilo” to name a few, are available through the Windows Store. The move is no surprise with Microsoft trying to create a fluid experience between platforms and allowing for the full integration of Xbox Live profiles across all devices. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the current line-up is nothing to shout about and looks designed more for the casual, on the go, mobile user, it is a step in the right direction and is exciting to see what the future will hold for the platform as it competes against Apple’s already well-established eco-system.