Windows 8 News


Xbox's Mike Ybarra on the New Dash, Windows Integration, and Steam

By Steve Watts, Nov 12, 2015 9:00am PST

As you wait for the New Xbox One Experience update to download, take a look at our chat with Xbox Director of Program Management Mike Ybarra. We touched on the new dashboard's goals, integrating its design with Windows, and the sometimes rocky relationship with Valve.


"I wonder if they fully understand how much gamers hated GFWL. I hope so. Any PC work they do ..."

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Microsoft introduces Surface 3 with 10.8-inch display, 10 hour battery, and more

By Daniel Perez, Mar 31, 2015 6:50am PDT

The new Surface 3 is Microsoft's latest tablet that includes Windows 8.1 and features a microUSB port, an Intel Atom x7 processor, and lasts up to 10 hours.


"I'd really like to get one of these for drawing, but I'm not sure if it's quite there yet."

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Call of Duty: Heroes builds its bases on iOS and Windows 8 tablets today, Android soon

By Daniel Perez, Nov 20, 2014 12:45pm PST

Call of Duty: Heroes will hopefully scratch your free-to-play base-building itch, although it has a number of features Call of Duty fans may actually enjoy.


Kinectimals go Unleashed on Windows 8

By Robert Workman, May 09, 2014 2:00pm PDT

The Kinectimals are running wild in a new mobile game for Windows 8, available now.


Halo: Spartan Assault gets controller support on August 29

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 27, 2013 9:00am PDT

Halo: Spartan Assault--the first official Halo game on PC in eons--shipped without any support for Xbox 360 controllers. It was an especially odd decision, given that the game was a twin-stick shooter. That glaring oversight is being addressed in a new title update coming Au...


"Because MS wanted it to be a cool semi-exclusive for their touch devices. "

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Skulls of the Shogun coming to Steam July 29

By Steve Watts, Jul 26, 2013 9:00am PDT

Skulls of the Shogun is releasing on Steam next Monday, July 29, marking the first time it will be available on Windows XP-7.


DirectX 11.2 for Windows 8.1 detailed

By Steve Watts, Jun 26, 2013 1:50pm PDT

At its Build conference today, Microsoft detailed the new DirectX 11.2 for Windows 8.1.


"Well you're on a gaming website where most of us use desktops... not faggy little tablets to ..."

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Skulls of the Shogun dev says Microsoft exclusivity hurt

By Steve Watts, Jun 21, 2013 7:30am PDT

Borut Pfeifer, one of the developers of the indie collective that developed Skulls of the Shogun, speaks out about how their exclusivity with Microsoft ultimately hurt the game.


"I can't think of any reason why they would make the game exclusive on platforms that very few ..."

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Halo: Spartan Assault coming to PC and mobile as Windows 8 app

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 04, 2013 6:00am PDT

Halo is coming back to PC... but not in the way you may have wanted.


"Funny, I don't consider myself a "front pager" and I thought the Halo series was crap, too, ..."

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A World of Keflings now on Windows 8, coming to Wii U

By Steve Watts, Mar 14, 2013 9:30am PDT

A World of Keflings has come out for Windows 8, and Ninja Bee has announced a Wii U version will follow later this year.


"it was absolutely intentional. you know, irony sometimes doesn't pass through tcp/ip"

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TY the Tasmanian Tiger makes unexpected return to Windows 8

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 12, 2013 5:15pm PDT

Remember when cartoon mascot platformers were a dime a dozen? Krome Studios' Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is getting a rather unexpected sequel, this time for Windows 8 PC and tablet devices.


Skulls of the Shogun review: no bones to pick

By Jeff Mattas, Jan 30, 2013 10:00am PST

We take a look at indie developer 17-Bit Studio's turn-based strategy title, Skulls of the Shogun, to see if it's strategic, battles of undead samurai are worth a trip to the Realm of the Dead.


"It's a fantastic game, but I don't think any single piece of software alone is a good reason to ..."

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World Series of Poker: Full House Pro announced for XBLA, Windows 8

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 16, 2013 6:45am PST

"Gotta win 'em all, poker man!" That's how I'd market a poker game, anyway. But Microsoft, for whatever reason, has instead chosen to buddy up with the World Series of Poker to slap its name on an official poke 'em up for Xbox Live Arcade and Windows 8. Coming this Spring, W...


The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles standing alone on Windows 8

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 13, 2012 6:00am PST

One of the world's finest downloadable content releases is The Wavy Tube Man Chronicles, The Gunstringer's gleefully silly Mad Dog McCree-style interactive gunslinger movie starring Troma mastermind Lloyd Kaufman. The Wavy Tube Man cannot be constrained by mere platforms and...


"'Wavy Tube Man...' was awesome. If you enjoyed old FMV light-gun games, it's amazing. Plus, ..."

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Xbox SmartGlass promises Halo Waypoint, HBO Go support within a few months

By Steve Watts, Oct 24, 2012 6:00am PDT

Microsoft has detailed the games and apps that will utilize SmartGlass support within a few months of its impending launch.


"Please. This is the dumbest thing MS has done since the Kinect. I wonder when they will collapse ..."

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