DESPERATE SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft is rolling out a service that adds Xbox-like gaming to its Windows 8 operating system (OS).
The firm has launched Play - not to be confused with the Google Play app store for Android devices - the Windows 8 service that is rolling 15 Xbox Arcade games onto the OS and its app happy look and feel.
"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," says the firm in its introduction.
"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! Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store."
Don't worry about having a PC with the specifications necessary to run these titles, some of them are rather uninspiring. You can feast on Microsoft Mahjong, Minesweeper and Solitaire, for example. Others are a bit more involved like Skulls of the Shogun and Rocket Riot 3D.
Xbox-like features like leaderboards, achievements and daily challenges are also present.
You can find trial versions of the games in the Windows Store. µ
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