Windows 8 built-in games branded 'Xbox Games on Windows 8,' include Achievements (update)

Windows 8, like previous versions of Windows, ships with built-in games such as Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Mahjong. But this time around, those games will reportedly offer Xbox Achievements as part of a label called "Xbox Windows," according to listings for the games on Xbox 360 Achievements.

Windows 8, like previous versions of Windows, ships with built-in games such as Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Mahjong. But this time around, those games reportedly offer Xbox Achievements as part of a label called "Xbox Games on Windows 8," according to listings for the games on Xbox 360 Achievements.

Mahjong comes with 25 Gamerscore in three Achievements; Solitaire Collection's three Achievements are worth 40 Gamerscore; and Minesweeper spreads 50 Gamerscore across four Achievements.

The "Xbox Games on Windows 8" branding seems to cover games from the Windows Store, which will also offer titles that were previously released on Xbox Live Arcade, like Ms. Splosion Man and Rocket Riot. "Xbox Games on Windows 8" does not appear to replace the existing Games for Windows Live label, which Microsoft insisted as recently as April will stick around in Windows 8.

Achievements for Windows Store games aren't an entirely surprising prospect, since Windows 8 is fully integrated with Xbox Live and Microsoft's new SmartGlass system.

We've reached out to Microsoft for more details, and will update this story with any information we receive.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson responded with a clarification: the label's name is "Xbox Games on Windows 8," not "Xbox Windows." The article has been edited to reflect this. The branding covers "both free and paid games" that are exclusive to Windows 8. The representative added, "Microsoft continues to support the Games for Windows platform, and is additionally making new investments in Windows 8-style games."

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker