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Games App and non Xbox games

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Games App and non Xbox games


    Hi All - I was under the impression that the Games App on my Windows 8 Pro desktop and on my Surface would work in a similar fashion to my windows 8 phone's game app. Whereas all games are located and tracked in the app. Unless I'm missing something the Games App in Windows 8 only tracks and catalogs Xbox games. I have to keep all other games pinned to the start screen. Please tell me I'm missing something! I can understand if I'm not downloading a game from the windows store that it wouldn't automatically be picked up by the games app but I really thought all "Metro Games" would.

    Thanks for your help!

    Chris

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    in the games app, you have:


    • friends: which is your xbox friends and windows friends
    • spotlight: which is both xbox and windows
    • game activity: which is also xbox only, I think
    • windows games store: which is your windows stuff. you can launch your windows games from this if it's already installed on your system. like I can launch jetpack joyride. I'm not sure if you can customize it or not which is a bummer.
    • xbox 360 games store: which is xbox only
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for the response dirtyvu but for some reason "spotlight" doesn't show my windows games. I've downloaded about 5 windows games and none of them show up in the games app anywhere. I wish it would just list the games you have installed allowing you to pick the one you want to play.

    BTW - I'm addicted to jetpack joyride!!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    jetpack joyride is awesome!

    yeah, this app needs more functionality for the windows side of things. honestly, I never use that app unless I need to check my friends on Xbox. I'll see if I can customize it. so far, the apps I have that matches that list will launch. But there are games I have that aren't on the spotlights tab so I need to launch them via the start screen.
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  5. #5


    I could not agree more ! Jetpack Joyride is the clearly the best game in the Store yet.
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