First games for Windows 8 Consumer Preview revealed [Update]

With Windows 8’s Beta Consumer Preview now just a few weeks away, and with indications that Microsoft’s developmental work on the OS build is more or less complete, more specific details are beginning to surface about the next-generation operating system.

A few days ago, we revealed that a special Bing search page has been set up for users of Internet Explorer 10, featuring the infamous betta fish, and offering users an introduction to Windows 8 features.

In recent days, we’ve discussed numerous details that have emerged – from the removal of the Windows Start button to an updated Charms bar and many other little nuggets of info. Today, a source has shared new details about the Windows Store with The Verge, revealing a list of the first games that will populate the Store in the Consumer Preview build.

  • Hydro Thunder
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Reckless Racing
  • Angry Birds
  • ilomilo
  • Rocket Riot
  • Full House Poker
  • Tentacles
  • Crash Course
  • Ms Splosion Man
  • Wordament

The source also claimed that Pinball and Solitaire will be preinstalled, while the games listed above will be available as optional downloads from the Store.

Update: Microsoft News has added a couple more games to the list, stating that Beards & Beaks , geoDefense, Zero Gravity, Rise Of Glory, iBlast Moki, Sudoku, Minesweeper and Cut The Rope will also be available for the Consumer Preview.

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lol i clicked to see angry birds
of course < rollz me eyes >

ohhh baby im so excited you could drown a baby in my soaked panties..

liek omg windows 8 is gonna be epic 111111!!!!!!ONE

Thank God they brought pinball back Ahhh! old times when me and my brother used to challenge each other on pinball having a Pentium 3 and windows XP LOL.. #nostalgia

StarLion said,
I already own some of those games on Windows Phone 7. Will those purchases carry over to Windows 8?

if the rumour of Appollo switching to the nt kernel is true, I'd expect the same multi-device licensing for windows phone to carry over.

StarLion said,
I already own some of those games on Windows Phone 7. Will those purchases carry over to Windows 8?

Not sure yet. But for now, they'll all be free for the beta period.

M_Lyons10 said,
Are these basically Windows Phone games then? Seems like it's the same titles that are out for Windows Phone...

Due to the similarities between Metro/WinRT and Silverlight/XNA, does it really surprise you that Microsoft arranged to have these game vendors provide something to the eager masses during the consumer preview period?

dotf said,
Minesweeper is my favorite game.
I hope it's just one of those, forgot to list games.

OK, it was added. I was about to say I'm sticking with Windows 7 if they don't include minesweeper in the consumer preview!

Need to get "Robotek" on there - great game I came across on my HP Touchpad with WebOS then again with Android!

Total list up to 19 with 2 pre-installed. 21 games is good enough, plus any legacy ones. I'll be happy along with the other Windows Store apps like Mail, Messenger, Sky Drive, Photos, Calender, Music, Video until the RC.

Funny, everyone went on and on about how WP7 didn't have Angry Birds and therefore wasn't a real phone. Now Windows 8 Beta will have it available from the get go and people complain about something else. For everyone demanding constant innovation, it'll never be enough. MS is knee deep in innovative products and ideas. What more do you want?

Also, I find point/click Angry birds to be FAR superior than finger dragging. I hate that I can't gauge my trajectory very accurately on my dang phone.

laserfloyd said,
Funny, everyone went on and on about how WP7 didn't have Angry Birds and therefore wasn't a real phone. Now Windows 8 Beta will have it available from the get go and people complain about something else. For everyone demanding constant innovation, it'll never be enough. MS is knee deep in innovative products and ideas. What more do you want?

Also, I find point/click Angry birds to be FAR superior than finger dragging. I hate that I can't gauge my trajectory very accurately on my dang phone.

You can't sync your Windows Phone to Windows 7 (images, music) from any place you want. Your phone has to be connected via USB cable and you have to use Zune crap to do so. There is example of lack of innovations. It is one of dislikes about my phone. Everytime you connect Windows Phone to computer and Zune starts phone gets locked, so i have to punch password in before i can do things. Real nice design....NOT. I can write a book about broken flow and design in Windows.
On the other hand my brother with his iPhone 4 syncs to his computer from work, movie theater and such. That is called innovation.

techguy77 said,

You can't sync your Windows Phone to Windows 7 (images, music) from any place you want. Your phone has to be connected via USB cable and you have to use Zune crap to do so. There is example of lack of innovations. It is one of dislikes about my phone. Everytime you connect Windows Phone to computer and Zune starts phone gets locked, so i have to punch password in before i can do things. Real nice design....NOT. I can write a book about broken flow and design in Windows.
On the other hand my brother with his iPhone 4 syncs to his computer from work, movie theater and such. That is called innovation.

What do you mean by your phone locks when you connect it to Zune? Is Zune somehow imposing a device lock on you and also providing the code to unlock it? Never seen that on my device if I dont use a phone lock.

efjay said,

What do you mean by your phone locks when you connect it to Zune? Is Zune somehow imposing a device lock on you and also providing the code to unlock it? Never seen that on my device if I dont use a phone lock.

I have password set if you want to unlock phone. So every time i connect Windows 7 Phone to PC, Zune application starts and locks phone so i have to punch password in again before i can sync things. It is quite annoying.

Some real daft folk on here wishing for games like BF3 and such. This is OS bundled bloatware, its there so anyone with a pc able to run win8 can play something. Plus they have to offend as little people as possible so i doubt all your gorey fps will make it in. Plus business and a lot of other home users would prefer to remove 1-2gb of data, rather than having 5-10+gb of data to remove.

Think people. Its an called Windows 8, not Gamedows X

These games are not even bundled with Windows 8. They will be available in the Windows Store once Windows 8 is released for CP and RTM. You can choose to install then.

Colicab said,
Some real daft folk on here wishing for games like BF3 and such. This is OS bundled bloatware, its there so anyone with a pc able to run win8 can play something. Plus they have to offend as little people as possible so i doubt all your gorey fps will make it in. Plus business and a lot of other home users would prefer to remove 1-2gb of data, rather than having 5-10+gb of data to remove.

Think people. Its an called Windows 8, not Gamedows X


Bloat? How is it bloat when it's an optional download from the store?

Colicab said,
Some real daft folk on here wishing for games like BF3 and such. This is OS bundled bloatware, its there so anyone with a pc able to run win8 can play something. Plus they have to offend as little people as possible so i doubt all your gorey fps will make it in. Plus business and a lot of other home users would prefer to remove 1-2gb of data, rather than having 5-10+gb of data to remove.

Think people. Its an called Windows 8, not Gamedows X

I don't think Windows 8 should be bothered with the store and games in it. We have Steam for PC Games.

techguy77 said,

I don't think Windows 8 should be bothered with the store and games in it. We have Steam for PC Games.

Most casual gamers don't even know what Steam is. The Windows Store is a great opportunity for MS and developers.

KevinN206 said,
Most casual gamers don't even know what Steam is. The Windows Store is a great opportunity for MS and developers.

You would be surprised, they do know. Steam is a main source from where people buy games and i am not only talking about hard core games but little games too (mobile like). It generated lot of money last years which beats any argument of not making PC games because of piracy. I agree, Windows Store is a great opportunity for developers but i don't think it can compete already existing application library out there. Windows is not a new platform like Windows Phone is so we need things like this. They are nice to have but doesn't add lot of values to it. Now i can see Steam expanding their Application to utilize Metro like others will do, Adobe and so on. Also they might try to do sell their software through Windows Store but i am not sure how many people are willing to punch in their Credit Card Number into Metro interface which doesn't give you any type of feeling safe with it. You don't see that visual foundation behind like Desktop and Browser or ITunes or Steam which sits on Desktop which gives you that 'feeling' ok i guess it is safe. I hope you get my point across. I am not willing to punch my credit card number into sky with flying tiles . On the other hand how many people here would actually have any need for Windows Store to get something from there? I believe you have everything you need installed in your PC. I am not gonna try some app from Joe Doe and do bunch of installs and removals. We are talking about Windows with its 'famous' registry and garbage left after each uninstallation. Thanks no. Again i have nothing against it to be there, some people will use it i am sure, perhaps wait and see where it evolves from there. I know MS had similar attempt in form of Zune and that failed.
I just hope things are modular enough so we as end users have choice to install or not to install components we want or we do not want with Windows 8. It is about a choice i am afraid we are not gonna have and that is not nice.

Edited by techguy77, Feb 7 2012, 7:57pm :

techguy77 said,
i am not sure how many people are willing to punch in their Credit Card Number into Metro interface which doesn't give you any type of feeling safe with it.

I guess that explains the millions of people punching their credit card details into the Metro interface on the Xbox (or NXE before that, or Blades before that).

The Microsoft Store will appear no less trustworthy than any other Microsoft interface for providing these card details.

TCLN Ryster said,

I guess that explains the millions of people punching their credit card details into the Metro interface on the Xbox (or NXE before that, or Blades before that).

The Microsoft Store will appear no less trustworthy than any other Microsoft interface for providing these card details.

Yes but we are talking about Windows, again you could be completely right. I am not 100% on this one.

I'm actually quite pleased at this. Better than all these shooter games, all these commenters here think hardcore gamers are the only people who use a PC. If this came with hardcore games I likely wouldn't bother. People have other tastes.

Possession said,
Better than all these shooter games

Not every hardcore game is an FPS...

Possession said,
all these commenters here think hardcore gamers are the only people who use a PC.

That's not what we think, we just wish hardcore games were there instead of casual ones...

MASTER260 said,
That's not what we think, we just wish hardcore games were there instead of casual ones...

"We"?

Nobody said anything about hardcore games being there INSTEAD of casual ones.

Also, don't expect hardcore games to be in the store at all at this stage. You can only sell through the store if your app complies with Metro. Down the line they can list their titles in the store, but they'll just be a link to the developer's own website. I doubt you'll see any of those before Win 8 RTM though.

Wow, so awesome "games". Now go away, and bring me some Starcraft 2, Planescape: Torment, Battlefield 3, and similar games, no that crap.

kavazovangel said,
Wow, so awesome "games". Now go away, and bring me some Starcraft 2, Planescape: Torment, Battlefield 3, and similar games, no that crap.

These are most probably "free" games. Hydro Thunder, Toy Soldiers, Ilomilo are all games that cost something like £8-£12 elsewhere. It's a good deal

~Johnny said,

These are most probably "free" games. Hydro Thunder, Toy Soldiers, Ilomilo are all games that cost something like £8-£12 elsewhere. It's a good deal

Well, since I have nearly a hundred games in my backlog (from Steam, GamersGate, and GOG) the price doesn't matter anymore to me.

kavazovangel said,
Wow, so awesome "games". Now go away, and bring me some Starcraft 2, Planescape: Torment, Battlefield 3, and similar games, no that crap.

What's with this comment? When Win8 launches, game developers are more than welcome to list their games in the Windows App Store. Don't expect to find any before the OS hits RTM though, and even then the games will just be linked to the developer/publisher's own website or download service. You can't actually sell/give away through the Store unless your game complies with Metro.

TCLN Ryster said,

What's with this comment? When Win8 launches, game developers are more than welcome to list their games in the Windows App Store. Don't expect to find any before the OS hits RTM though, and even then the games will just be linked to the developer/publisher's own website or download service. You can't actually sell/give away through the Store unless your game complies with Metro.

Not gonna happen. Real PC Games will be never sold through Windows Store but rather Steam, Origin etc. Like EA or Valve will abonded their Store (Service) in favor of Windows Store. I really see no purpose of Windows Store for Windows 8 (Desktop or Server). Windows is a not a new platform for which we lack apps and only way to get those is Windows Store. I can see lot of malware coming through Windows Store, just saying.

techguy77 said,

Not gonna happen. Real PC Games will be never sold through Windows Store but rather Steam, Origin etc. Like EA or Valve will abonded their Store (Service) in favor of Windows Store. I really see no purpose of Windows Store for Windows 8 (Desktop or Server). Windows is a not a new platform for which we lack apps and only way to get those is Windows Store. I can see lot of malware coming through Windows Store, just saying.

O rly? And say, what about Xbox Live games on the PC eh? Microsoft can certainly put far more effort into their GFWL / Xbox Live PC service here, especially given they've already got a Xbox Live Hub, AND there are also Xbox Live API's for WinRT games. They're clearly planning on making avaliable and selling Xbox Live powered games through the store, and as such, real PC games have a high chance of appearing.

Also - Metro apps being sandboxed, and thoroughly tested before being listed, have very little chance of bringing malware to the system. Standard desktop apps maybe, but they still have to be screened by Microsoft, and any malware reports will result in Microsoft promptly delisting that application from the store.

There's also a lot of need for a store, or at least a centralised application catalogue. There's a whole world of great Windows apps out there, but how does one find them? How do you know they exist, on whatever obscure website they reside in. You have to actively scour the web through search engines and forums link chains. A store simplifies that, and also provides a nice, consolidated area for reviews and opinions too.

techguy77 said,

Not gonna happen. Real PC Games will be never sold through Windows Store but rather Steam, Origin etc. Like EA or Valve will abonded their Store (Service) in favor of Windows Store. I really see no purpose of Windows Store for Windows 8 (Desktop or Server). Windows is a not a new platform for which we lack apps and only way to get those is Windows Store. I can see lot of malware coming through Windows Store, just saying.


You seem to have a reading and/or comprehension issue.

I said:

and even then the games will just be linked to the developer/publisher's own website or download service. You can't actually sell/give away through the Store unless your game complies with Metro.

Which is exactly what you said, highlighted in bold above. Microsoft have even stated as much that none-metro apps cannot be sold through the store, but can still be listed there with links to the developer's own site/service.

Also, nowhere did I say EA or Valve would be abandoning their own download services or stores, however it is highly likely they will list their games in the store for added exposure.

And, "no purpose of Windows Store" & "I can see lot of malware coming through Windows Store"???? My god, your comments really are getting more ludicrous as the year progresses.

kavazovangel said,
Wow, so awesome "games". Now go away, and bring me some Starcraft 2, Planescape: Torment, Battlefield 3, and similar games, no that crap.

We already have them... Are you smoking things you found in the yard again?

Well, I guess you can add to the list a game I'm making called Project, "Is this a bad game?" (Yes, you read that right.) It definitely won't be available when the Consumer Preview launches though, I mean, this project has been on & off for months now & has been barely developed...

MASTER260 said,
Well, I guess you can add to the list a game I'm making called Project, "Is this a bad game?" (Yes, you read that right.) It definitely won't be available when the Consumer Preview launches though, I mean, this project has been on & off for months now & has been barely developed...

Is that the Project project? ;-)

MASTER260 said,
Well, I guess you can add to the list a game I'm making called Project, "Is this a bad game?" (Yes, you read that right.) It definitely won't be available when the Consumer Preview launches though, I mean, this project has been on & off for months now & has been barely developed...

Weird, we have work in progress that is currently named...
Project1
Project2
Project3

techguy77 said,
HTML5 is still not standardized, and i don't think it is that important.

Then you have another thing coming! lol. HTML5 is very important. It isn't completely standardized yet, no. However, its capabilities are incredible! Plugin free browsing for one example!

winlonghorn said,

Then you have another thing coming! lol. HTML5 is very important. It isn't completely standardized yet, no. However, its capabilities are incredible! Plugin free browsing for one example!


It may be important, but I agree with techguy77 (shocking!) that HTML5 isn't a completed standard yet. Companies shouldn't really be betting big on it yet until it has been ratified.

Also I don't foresee there ever being a time in the near future for 100% plugin free browsing. Sure HTML5 can replace Flash for videos and web site widgets, but can it replace things like Java? I've not seen any examples of HTML5 being able to interface with my PC, reading information like my graphics card serial number for a web registration page for example. Other plugins too such as ad blockers, Javascript blockers, etc. Until these and other functions currently handled by plugins are brought into the browsers themselves, how is HTML5 to replace them?

techguy77 said,
HTML5 is still not standardized, and i don't think it is that important.

Standardized? Just stop, and go learn about W3C and web standards.

Nothing we have been using for the past 15 years has been 'standardized' when it was at it height of popularity and used on the web.

HTML5 will be fully standardized when people are working on implementing HTML7.

It is the 'base' concept of HTML5 features and 'consistency' that is important, not what is 'officially' recognized or not. IE5 and even IE6 were leaders in supporting HTML 'standards' when they were released, and then all of a sudden a lot of what they implemented was thrown out, making them no longer very 'compliant'. (Thank Sun, IBM, and AOL for that gift btw, as their crap was worse than the IE implementations, setting the web back years. Ironically, many of the Microsoft proposals that were in IE5 and IE6 that were rejected came back a few years later as the 'new' XHTML stuff. Wow, it was magical, because it wasn't proposed by Microsoft that time.

This stuff often ends up being about geek politics, and influence, which is why getting proposed functionality implemented in a specific way is like juggling cats. Consider that even Chrome and Safari implement crap differently and they are built from the same engine technology.

The only way to get 'standards' is to implement stuff and make them popular. IE6's HTML rendering was far more of a 'real' standard than anything the WC3 put out, as most of the Internet for the last 10 years was designed to support IE6 first, and then implement stuff for other browsers as a luxury.


Besides, the HTML5 work Microsoft is doing is an effort to shove HTML5 concepts forward to be something that rivals what we relied on Silverlight and Flash to accomplish in the past, except faster and safer and by using the HTML5 rendering concepts from the IE9/10 team, they have shown that web content CAN render as fast as native OS UI code and graphical code as well, without having to breach security with crap like WebGL.

Its preview and its to show off I think HTML5 and touch tablets. Obviously there will be desktop with mouse but they play pretty well too.

Windows 8 is going to be a big turning point for Microsoft and with Apollo releasing around the same time it will be a nice one-two punch for Microsoft. They need something big to happen soon.

I thought those games are more for mobile devices. I would always remove games from Windows like solitaire and all that, borist stuff except for Chess but people do not play Chess that explains Metro Design

Jan said,
PINBALL PREINSTALLED! WHOOOOOO.

What are you talking 'bout man? Solitaire rules! LOL xD
I only know angry birds and reckless racing from that list, BTW!

mdtaUK said,
Shame on you for not mentioning Tom Warren

Why would they need to mention him at all? His source has already been credited. It's better to not name him at all anyway since the guy is a huge douche.

mdtaUK said,
Shame on you for not mentioning Tom Warren

They mentioned The Verge as the source of this news (I'm not referring to the source that originally spoke with The Verge). Most news websites, including Neowin, mention sources of news by website/company name, not by reporter name. You should know that.

Callum said,

They mentioned The Verge as the source of this news (I'm not referring to the source that originally spoke with The Verge). Most news websites, including Neowin, mention sources of news by website/company name, not by reporter name. You should know that.

He's only like that towards people who act like idiots

Nice. Might have to check out Hydro Thunder when the CP hits. Loved the original arcade and the updated XBLA game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

Not interested in playing/trying more than half of those. They play perfectly fine on handhelds. Why go for point and click?
PS: Really tired of Angry birds and Reckless racing.

Can we have some innovation?
Sadly people will still buy it multiple times on multiple platforms.

sanke1 said,
Not interested in playing/trying more than half of those. They play perfectly fine on handhelds. Why go for point and click?
PS: Really tired of Angry birds and Reckless racing.

Can we have some innovation?
Sadly people will still buy it multiple times on multiple platforms.

It'll be interesting to see how this is handled. Already we have some of the games such as ilomilo on the xbox 360 and Windows Phone. Both labled as xbox live arcade game, yet you have to pay for them as new/different items.
Like a lot of people, its annoyed us that we're having to re-pay for games we've brought on the same platform (xbox live games). If they decide to shaft us again for the same games we'd paid for twice already... very unhappy times a head. It'll not only cause confusion but also anger that their ilomilo xbox live game they brought doesn't work.

PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

Errr, I play those games on my PC but I also enjoyed Anrgy Birds on my desktop more than on my phone...

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

Well, duh, obviously those games are for testing Windows 8 on the tablet with touch screen. It's not like you can't install those 'PC users' games on Windows 8...

Oh btw, where's Cut the Rope?

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

That's quite the ignorant comment you have there. From what I gather, there's definitely more people that play games such as Angry Birds, Plants vs Zombies, etc than there are that play BF3, Crysis, and the like.

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

I remember playing minesweeper and solitaire on Windows Xp

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

Yes, a PC is a tablet. Or at least, it is now. And we'll still have proper games that are Metro-style apps, as well. Just not yet.

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

Paid apps/games will not be in the store at llaunch by the way (likely because they will purge it of all apps before final release so that all apps must be built with the final SDK).

xiphi said,

That's quite the ignorant comment you have there. From what I gather, there's definitely more people that play games such as Angry Birds, Plants vs Zombies, etc than there are that play BF3, Crysis, and the like.


While I don't always deem techguy77's comments that great, I'm gonaa have to disagree with what you said there. Maybe more people play mobile games than PC games, but that might have something to do with the fact that mobile games are pretty much also casual games, which basically means that they are games that lure in non-gamers, of which there are more of in this world. But real gamers usually wanaa play something a little more than that..

Meph said,

Yes, a PC is a tablet. Or at least, it is now. And we'll still have proper games that are Metro-style apps, as well. Just not yet.

Um, how does Metro work in a game other than being launched from the Start Screen?

MASTER260 said,

Um, how does Metro work in a game other than being launched from the Start Screen?

Games do not have to use DirectX to be a game. Also, Metro supports DirectX.

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

Duh, but not everyone is a gamer and many dont have dedicated graphics cards. These are games which are usable by all not just those of us with cards.

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

But you have to remember that the Xbox is built for the gaming, and the PC is built for the internet in microsoft's eyes.

GreyWolf said,

Games do not have to use DirectX to be a game. Also, Metro supports DirectX.


I'm not talking about DirectX. I'm talking about how you can make a game look like it uses the Metro UI...

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

More idiotic anti-Windows 8 rhetoric once again from techguy77. It's becoming his M.O. these days. Because as we all know, you won't be able to install and play BF3, Crysis and Mass Effect 3 on Windows 8.
Oh wait .... yes you can! ;-)

MASTER260 said,

I'm not talking about DirectX. I'm talking about how you can make a game look like it uses the Metro UI...

Who says the non-casual/hardcore games have to have a Metro UI? Games will just launch from the Metro start screen, open up in full screen, then when you're done you're back at the start screen again. There's no issue here, move along

I fully expect Valve to release a metro UI version of steam though. That'd be quite cool actually

Edited by Ryster, Feb 7 2012, 6:02pm :

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

Not to worry. True we'll have a mass of phone style games on the PC from now on... but there will always be room for games like the upcoming Jericho 2, McGee's Oz (maybe... it's a growing 2012 Rumor), and more Dead Space ;D

Although I'm curious if it's possible for a Crytek game to exist in app form? Too big? Can apps be big? Will it run faster in this form and look better? What do you folks think? Are there limitations to app form?

Izlude said,
Although I'm curious if it's possible for a Crytek game to exist in app form? Too big? Can apps be big? Will it run faster in this form and look better? What do you folks think? Are there limitations to app form?

If I remember the videos from the build conference correctly (correct me if I'm wrong here), apps can be either HTML5, C++ and something else I can't remember.

I'm fairly sure games could be written in C++ as apps that would run just as well as a traditional game. Although I don't actually see the need to app-ize them, as a game by default runs full screen when you launch it. It can continue to do so under Windows 8 when you click it's tile, falling back to metro again when you close the game.

Billaguana said,

But you have to remember that the Xbox is built for the gaming, and the PC is built for the internet in microsoft's eyes.

Haha XBOX is pile of crap, you are better with PS3. At least you get blu ray support.

GreyWolf said,

Games do not have to use DirectX to be a game. Also, Metro supports DirectX.

Metro is like Media Center sort of, just different way of presenting objects in environment called operating system.

Billaguana said,

But you have to remember that the Xbox is built for the gaming, and the PC is built for the internet in microsoft's eyes.

So the most played games, run for a system built for the internet.

techguy77 said,

Haha XBOX is pile of crap, you are better with PS3. At least you get blu ray support.


Xbox is a pile of crap? Hahahahahahaha, that just sums you right up

techguy77 said,

Haha XBOX is pile of crap, you are better with PS3. At least you get blu ray support.

Having been a PS fan since original, I treated myself to an Xbox over xmas without knowing a great deal about the Xbox ecosystem.

I can now confidently state that the Xbox poops all over the PS3 in every way lol!


PS3 is old news maaaaan - you are seriously deluded if you think that "XBOX is pile of crap, you are better with PS3"

Lol at you teehee :-p

TCLN Ryster said,

Who says the non-casual/hardcore games have to have a Metro UI? Games will just launch from the Metro start screen, open up in full screen, then when you're done you're back at the start screen again. There's no issue here, move along

I never said there was an issue, in fact, that's exactly what I'm saying. Someone said they're hoping that there will be Metro-styled games, & I told them that's impossible cuz of what you just said...

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.

There should be a rule that makes you change your forum name. The only tech that presents itself is that you are 'technically' an idiot.

MASTER260 said,
Um, how does Metro work in a game other than being launched from the Start Screen?

Because it would be made using WinRT APIs instead of Win32. That's what "Metro-style app" means.

techguy77 said,
PC is not a Tablet. PC users play Crysis, Mass Effect, Start Wars MMO, BF3 and not some Angry Birds hahaha funny. Angry Birds is funny game but seriously really, underestimating PC this much? Wonder what is future of Game Explorer hmmmm.
No where did it state you could not install your larger, more demanding games. The games listed are casual and will draw more people in to the tablet portion of the preview to experiment and play.

Go and load your huge fancy games, if I had a spare machine I would do just that. I don't, so my tablet will be my demo machine and these games will do nicely on there... where I have Angry Birds +Rio +Seasons and Plants Vs. Zombies today.