First Wave 40 Xbox LIVE Games Announced Available Oct 26 on Windows 8; RTM Bits of Windows 8 Now Available Through Windows Intune; Device Orientation and Motion on IE10

Earlier this year, Microsoft had announced that Xbox is coming to Windows 8. Now, today as on August 31, Microsoft unveiled the first wave of Xbox games that will be available with the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26th. "29 of these games are from Microsoft Studios - some of which are exclusive […]

Earlier this year, Microsoft had announced that Xbox is coming to Windows 8. Now, today as on August 31, Microsoft unveiled the first wave of Xbox games that will be available with the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26th.

"29 of these games are from Microsoft Studios - some of which are exclusive to Windows 8," Microsoft stated. Xbox is also getting industry support from Rovio, Miniclip, Gameloft, ZeptoLab, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios, and others in this first wave.

"Xbox games will be super easy to discover through the Games app that comes with Windows 8 and available through the Windows Store. Xbox games for Windows 8 will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends," Microsoft adds.

Wave one of the portfolio will include follwoing "some of which will be exclusive to Windows 8" titles:

First Wave of 40 Xbox LIVE Games Arrives on Windows 8

  1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
  2. A World of Keflings
  3. Adera: Episode 1
  4. Adera: Episode 2
  5. Adera: Episode 3
  6. Angry Birds
  7. Angry Birds Space
  8. Big Buck Hunter Pro
  9. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  10. Collateral Damage
  11. Crash Course GO
  12. Cut the Rope
  13. Disney Fairies
  14. Dragon's Lair
  15. Field & Stream Fishing
  16. Fruit Ninja
  17. Gravity Guy
  18. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  19. Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  20. IloMilo
  21. iStunt 2
  22. Jetpack Joyride
  23. Kinectimals Unleashed
  24. Microsoft Mahjong
  25. Microsoft Minesweeper
  26. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  27. Monster Island
  28. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
  29. Pinball FX 2
  30. Reckless Racing Ultimate
  31. Rocket Riot 3D
  32. Shark Dash
  33. Shuffle Party
  34. Skulls of the Shogun
  35. Taptiles
  36. Team Crossword
  37. The Harvest HD
  38. Toy Soldiers Cold War
  39. Wordament
  40. Zombies!!!

For more details on Xbox games for Windows 8, visit this page.

While on Windows 8, Microsoft to its cloud management and security service's subscribers of "Windows Intune" made available released-to-manufacturing (RTM) Windows 8 bits for download.

Intuen users can now grab the RTM bits, as of August 30, check the screenshot below @timkefford, (via ZDNet's MJF):

Windows 8 RTM Bits Now Available through Windows Intune

A prototype implementation of the W3C DeviceOrientation Event Specification draft is released on HTML5Labs.com that "provide information about the physical orientation and motion of a device."

With the Device Orientation API, "developers can explore new input mechanisms for games, new gestures for apps (such as "shake to clear the screen" or "tilt to zoom") or even augmented reality experiences," explains the IE team.

You can download the prototype at HTML5Labs. This prototype requires Internet Explorer 10 running on devices with accelerometer sensors supported by Windows 8.

"The prototype works as an extension to Internet Explorer on the desktop, where developers can get a first-hand look at the APIs." It also includes a sample game to get you started in understanding the API.

To get started building your own pages with the prototype, "all you need to do is install the prototype and then include a reference to the DeviceOrientation.js script file (copied to the desktop after installing the prototype)," the IE team adds.

Device Orientation and Motion on Windows 8 IE10

Watch the video below showing the concepts explained in this post in action: