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:
- 4 Elements II Special Edition
- A World of Keflings
- Adera: Episode 1
- Adera: Episode 2
- Adera: Episode 3
- Angry Birds
- Angry Birds Space
- Big Buck Hunter Pro
- BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
- Collateral Damage
- Crash Course GO
- Cut the Rope
- Disney Fairies
- Dragon's Lair
- Field & Stream Fishing
- Fruit Ninja
- Gravity Guy
- Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane
- iStunt 2
- Jetpack Joyride
- Kinectimals Unleashed
- Microsoft Mahjong
- Microsoft Minesweeper
- Microsoft Solitaire Collection
- Monster Island
- PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
- Pinball FX 2
- Reckless Racing Ultimate
- Rocket Riot 3D
- Shark Dash
- Shuffle Party
- Skulls of the Shogun
- Team Crossword
- The Harvest HD
- Toy Soldiers Cold War
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):
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.
Watch the video below showing the concepts explained in this post in action: