Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

Windows 8.1 and Xbox: better together

Windows 8.1 is a great companion for Xbox gaming. And with the Xbox Games app, you can tie together all your gaming across all your devices in one place.


  • The Xbox 360 console, Xbox Games app, Xbox Live Rewards program, and Xbox SmartGlass app aren't available in all regions. For more info, see the Xbox on Windows feature list.

To get started, first make sure that you have a Microsoft account. A Microsoft account is an email address and password that you use to sign in to Windows. It's free and easy to set up, and you can do so with any email address you choose. You can get apps from the Windows Store, back up all your important data, and keep all your favorite stuff, including your games, up to date and in sync. With a Microsoft account, you can seamlessly transition between your Xbox 360, Windows PC, and Windows Phone. And with some games, you can even save your progress on one device and pick up where you left off on another. If you’ve used Microsoft services in the past—like Xbox, Hotmail,, Messenger, Skype, or Windows Phone—you already have a Microsoft account (it's the email address you use to sign in). If you’re not sure whether you already have a Microsoft account, see Microsoft accounts to check.

Next, open the Xbox Games app, which comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1. Tap or click the Games tile on the Start screen. If you don’t see the Games tile, on the Start screen, start typing Games, and then tap or click Games in the list of search results.

Xbox Games app
Tile for the Xbox Games app

With the Xbox Games app, you can discover all of the latest Xbox games made for Windows 8.1 and get extras for the game you last played. You can also view all the games you've played across your Xbox 360, Windows PC, and Windows Phone.

Love playing Xbox games on Windows with your friends? With the Xbox Games app, you can see which friends are online and what they’re playing. See who’s on top in the leaderboard of your favorite game. Send and receive messages to brag about your score or challenge a friend.

You can also view all the achievements you've earned over time. If you’re an Xbox Live member, you can unlock achievements by defeating the hardest level of a game or discovering secret items. Achievements are saved across all of your devices. The more achievements you earn, the bigger the rewards. For more info, see Xbox Live Rewards.

Xbox 360 achievements

Be sure to check out the Xbox SmartGlass app too—it’s available for free in the Windows Store, and can turn your Windows 8.1 device into an extended remote for your console. Explore a detailed map of your terrain. Get valuable strategy tips in real-time. All without ever having to pause your game. For more info, see the Xbox SmartGlass website.

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