When it comes out on October 26, Windows 8 should be able to run all of the same triple-A blockbuster games as Windows 7 (barring any compatibility kinks, of course). Microsoft isn’t going to stop there, however. The company has rounded up 40 titles—many of them of the casual variety—that will be available through Windows 8’s included Xbox Games app on launch day.
The titles, Microsoft says, will support Xbox Achievements and "certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends." The games will also be playable on "any Windows 8 PC, laptop, or tablet." I presume that includes ARM-powered devices like Microsoft’s upcoming Surface for Windows RT tablet.
Here’s the complete list:
29 of those games hail from Microsoft Studios, but I’m also seeing a number of casual classics from other developers, including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and Fruit Ninja. It’s also nice to see the excellent (and adorable) indie puzzle game IloMilo in the launch lineup.
Offering early adopters a broad selection of casual games is a nice touch. Hard-core PC gamers might not care—some of them will probably stick with Windows 7—but the titles should help woo folks shopping for a new tablet this holiday season. If Microsoft wants to carve itself a decent chunk of the tablet market in a reasonable time frame, it’s going to need all the native Windows 8 apps and games it can get.