signaled its intent to directly back 8 before the OS was shipping, and it’s proving true to its word through a new Play program. The team-up with NVIDIA brings (or really, Live Arcade) games directly to Windows 8 and Windows RT, with friends, multiplayer and other extras intact. An initial catalog won’t move all our playtime to a Surface just yet, though. While there’s notable titles like Ilomilo+ and Toy Soldiers , most of the 15-game library involves decidedly casual releases like Minesweeper . It’s still a start, and more is coming: tells us that the spring launch of World Series of Poker: Full House Pro will let gamers resume play on either Windows or the Xbox. We’re not expecting a completely cross-platform Halo 5 anytime soon, but having a steady stream of familiar, tightly integrated games may keep some of us in ’s ecosystem for a good while.

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