First wave of Xbox Live games for Windows 8 revealed

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live games that will be available to Windows 8 users from the launch of the new operating system. Coming from development studios including Rovio, Miniclip, Gameloft, ZeptoLab, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios and the company's own Microsoft Studios, the 40 games feature a variety of Xbox classics and some that haven't made it on to the Xbox 360 yet.

Pocket-lint brought you the news that the XBox Live experience was coming to the new PC OS back in September, but this is the first time that Microsoft has released specifics.

The first batch of titles will include massive mobile apps Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, but there will also be plenty that Xbox 360 owners will know plenty about, including some big name brands.

The pick of those, perhaps, are Toy Soldiers Cold War, Kinectimals Unleashed and a trio of Microsoft classic board and card games, Microsoft Mahjong, Microsoft Minesweeper and Microsoft Solitaire Collection.

All of the Xbox Live games will be accessible through the pre-installed Xbox Games application on Windows 8 and can be downloaded through the the Windows 8 Store from 26 October.

All of the games will offer Xbox Achievements and offer other features familiar to console owners, such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes and connecting with friends.

The full list of games in the first wave:

- 4 Elements II Special Edition

- A World of Keflings

- Adera: Episode 1

- Adera: Episode 2

- Adera: Episode 3

- Angry Birds

- Angry Birds Space

- Big Buck Hunter Pro

- BlazBlue Calamity Trigger

- Collateral Damage

- Crash Course GO

- Cut the Rope

- Disney Fairies

- Dragon's Lair

- Field & Stream Fishing

- Fruit Ninja

- Gravity Guy

- Gunstringer: Dead Man Running

- Hydro Thunder Hurricane

- IloMilo

- iStunt 2

- Jetpack Joyride

- Kinectimals Unleashed

- Microsoft Mahjong

- Microsoft Minesweeper

- Microsoft Solitaire Collection

- Monster Island

- Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

- Pinball FX 2

- Reckless Racing Ultimate

- Rocket Riot 3D

- Shark Dash

- Shuffle Party

- Skulls of the Shogun

- Taptiles

- Team Crossword

- The Harvest HD

- Toy Soldiers Cold War

- Wordament

- Zombies!!!