"Xbox for Windows" branding shows up for Solitare

A few days ago, a Neowin forum member discovered the new versions of the three casual games that Microsoft will include in Windows 8: Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong. Now a new report claims that Microsoft will use the "Xbox Windows" brand to describe games such as those trio of titles that are made specifically for running on Windows 8.

The site Xbox360Achievements.org reports that the three games will also come with a way for people who have an Xbox Live account to add to their current Gamerscore. For example, the website claims that Windows 8 gamers will gain 10 points on their Gamerscore just by flipping over their first card; the site has previously release box art imagery/achievements ahead of Microsoft's announcements in the past that were correct.

The images shown on the page with the logo are similar to the images shown by Microsoft when it displays the "box" images for its downloadable Xbox Live Arcade games such as the recently released Deadlight. Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed this will be the new branding for Windows 8-based PC games that will link in to Xbox services.

Microsoft has not revealed much about its plans for Windows 8 exclusive games either. We do know that at least one game, Skulls of the Shogun, will be released for the PC as a Windows 8 exclusive and that it will have cross-platform multiplayer with its Windows Phone and Xbox 360 versions.

However, many high profile game developers have expressed their concerns about the launch of Windows 8. One of them is Valve founder Gabe Newell, who has predicted that Windows 8 will be "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space."

Source: Xbox360Achievements.org | Image via Microsoft

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MS would be my hero if they revived the Best of Entertainment Pack games in a metro guise.

Ski-free, Chip's Challenge? Sold. Never gonna happen, though.

Joshie said,
MS would be my hero if they revived the Best of Entertainment Pack games in a metro guise.

Ski-free, Chip's Challenge? Sold. Never gonna happen, though.

I wouldn't say *never* - after all, the Solitaire Collection includes all the versions from the *Best of Entertainment Pack*, and Microsoft Mahjong itself started as an Entertainment Pack title. However, none of this should be news (other than the actual specifics) as Microsoft had been telling us this would indeed happen clear back to the Developer Preview. Where *I* am glad is on the execution - while WinRT *apps* may have their issues on the desktop, WinRT *gaming* definitely does not - in fact, I'm challenging all those Windows 8 critics to compare *any* of the three titles mentioned in this article to any Win32 casual game they care to name. (You can find me on the Leaderboards - same name as here.)

nvllsvm said,
Does it still have the fullscreen ESRB rating?

When I played it, there is a lot more functionality in the version on the store compared to the CP version, but often it asks you to download updates that don't exist, so there's still some more work to be done. It's ridiculously polished though.

This will be good IMO. More achievement from playing on the PC, tight integration with Xbox Live! I like it, the cross platform gameplay is great as well.

MorganX said,
This will be good IMO. More achievement from playing on the PC, tight integration with Xbox Live! I like it, the cross platform gameplay is great as well.

Yeah, I can't wait for devs to take advantage of the integration much like Skulls of the Shogun will so we can finally get the ability to have you play the same game from any point you left off of on any of your different device types.

SmartGlass also opens it up for some very interesting things to be done on tablets/smartphones that can't handle the more beefy type games like your AAA titles. I'd love to see them use it as much as they can in some interesting ways.

hutchinson_1989 said,
Never knew Microsoft charged for PC gamers before.

They had premium features in a few Games for Windows Live games that required a gold subscription but online play was always free on PC.

I wonder if MS will try to again to start charging xbox gold subscription required for certain game functions for pc gamers like they did a while ago.

On my website we've got screenshots of the Xbox SmartGlass app in action. See my profile for the link.

On another note, i've been trying to win minesweeper since Windows 98 and still haven't done it, lol.

GreenOwner said,
Yay!

Yeo, this means the GfWL will probably be gone soon too! It's Xbox Live for Windows now making the Xbox brand way bigger for gaming than PlayStation ever was.