Games

Windows 8, Windows RT

Get games for your PC

Games in the Windows Store

There’s a game for everyone in the Windows Store. Whether you like fast-paced action, mind-bending puzzles, or new twists on old favorites, you’re sure to find a game that fits your style of play. Open the Store and go to the Games category to see the featured games. Tap or click Games to view all of the available games, and then sort the list based on subcategory, price, or rating. And once you get a game from the Store, it’s yours to install on up to five other Windows 8 or Windows RT PCs.

Xbox Games app

You can also find and buy games with the Xbox Games app that is built into Windows 8 and Windows RT. Open the Xbox Games app from the Start screen, sign in with the Microsoft account—it's the same thing as an Xbox ID—associated with your Gamertag, and start discovering amazing games.

Even if you don't own an Xbox 360, you can use the Xbox Games app to get blockbuster games you'll love to play and have fun socializing with your friends. You can view your game progress, earn awards and achievements, and see which Xbox friends are online and what they're playing. And if you want to let your friends know what you're up to, use the Share charm to send links to your favorite games, your profile, and achievements.

If you have an Xbox 360, you can get games for your console with the Xbox Games app and enhance your experience on the Xbox 360 with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Xbox SmartGlass turns your Windows 8 or Windows RT device into a remote control for the Xbox 360. You can use your device to interact with your Xbox 360, so you're immersed in the movies you watch and the games you play.

Check the compatibility of your favorite games

Most of the games you know and love, and played on earlier versions of Windows, will also work with Windows 8, but some older games might not. To see if your favorite game works with Windows 8, go to the Compatibility Center for Windows 8, and then tap or click PC gaming to see if there's info about your game. You can also go to the game developer’s website to see if they have any info or updates.

Notes

  • The Xbox Games app and Xbox SmartGlass app might not be available in all regions. For more info about the availability of the Xbox Games app in your region, read the list of list of commonly asked questions about Xbox and Windows.

  • Games that open in the desktop can't be installed on Windows RT.

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