Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet computer, which runs a trimmed-down version of Windows 8 called Windows RT, can now play a number of popular Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) games. It’s great news for the few people who actually bought a Surface RT after it launched late last year.
The Surface RT is Microsoft’s very own (and very first) tablet computer. It launched in November to mild fanfare. To date, analysts estimate that Microsoft has sold only about 1 million units of the device.
That’s a pretty low sales total for a device that received a major marketing push from one of the world’s largest companies. Nevertheless, a Microsoft spokesperson recently said that the Redmond, Washington-based firm was “pleased with the strong customer reception of Surface and are excited to continue to grow the Surface family.”
That family will get a new addition in the next few weeks. Microsoft has announced that a “Pro” version of the Surface will be released soon. The Surface Pro will run a full-fledged version of Windows 8 and will boast much greater hardware specifications. It will also cost close to $1,000.
In the meantime, Microsoft is hoping to keep its Surface RT alive with a range of new XBLA games. Keep in mind that this lineup won’t include big-name Xbox 360 titles like Halo 4 or Gears of War 3.
Instead, the list of titles includes smaller, less-demanding titles like Microsoft Minesweeper, Reckless Riot 3D, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Reckless Racing Ultimate, and Gunstringer: Dead Man Running.
The games come with a free trial. If they decide to purchase a game, players can compare their scores with others via leaderboards. Some of the games also feature multiplayer.