A List of Playable Games For The Microsoft Surface Pro

Tablets. Full PC games. What year is this!? 2050?!

Seriously, though, the day is almost upon us when we can play full PC games on a very portable tablet that happens to also function very well as a full PC. On February 9th Microsoft will be releasing a version of their Surface tablet that comes with Windows 8 Pro. The already existing model carries Windows RT.

Wait… what’s the difference?

You see, Windows RT was meant for tablet interfacing. It is primarily for touch screens but can be used with keyboards and mice. RT is Microsoft’s mobile platform for screens 6 inches or bigger. It cannot use legacy Windows apps (everything you’re using right now most likely) and is limited to the brand new apps that come from Windows 8’s Metro OS and Store app.

Windows 8 (and Windows 8 Pro) are full operating systems that let you utilize the Metro OS or stick with the tried-and-true desktop with all the programs you’re used to use. Yes, even games.

This is a pricey device sitting at $899 for the base model but new technology never comes cheap. This isn’t a device for everyone and even if you don’t plan on buying one, the aspect of this extremely portable way of playing your PC games is tantalizing and a glimpse at the future.

It won’t play everything under the sun and what it will play won’t be running at max settings. You may have to settle for Low to Medium settings but this is the first iteration of something this portable being able to load up, say, Civilization V and let you play the damn thing.

I want to quote NBC News’ review of the Surface Pro. There’s a section that talks about gaming on it and here’s what it says:


The proving ground for us on the Surface Pro was the gaming. NBC News games editor Todd Kenreck and I loaded it up with real PC games, including “League of Legends” and “Star Wars: The Old Republic.” We even used the Mini DisplayPort jack to connect the 10.6-in. device to my 23-inch Dell monitor, and got 1080p resolution on the bigger screen.

I am happy to report that the Surface Pro goes a lot further to living up to the claim. Its battery life is not “all day” like the RT, but it won’t die on you if you forget to plug it in overnight. I have read books in bed, played realtime strategy games, streamed video and music, and even installed our publishing software. This single device is a true multi-modal Swiss Army kind of a tablet that does a more reasonable impression of both a laptop and a tablet than anything else I’ve played with to date.


The Surface Pro may be a “first gen” device but it is going to be hard to keep your hands off of something like this if you’re a big PC gamer that needs a laptop replacement or never got into the laptop scene. If you’re looking for something that can play League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Call of Duty, Dota 2, or whatever your fix may be then the Surface Pro is alright. Just don’t go expecting beast performance. You’ll be fidgeting with the settings in each game to find a nice and happy medium but it will play.

Just so we’re clear, we’re talking about a tablet running a Core i5 3rd Gen CPU with an Intel HD 4000 GPU. Yes, yes internal GPUs, somebody shoot me, right? However, the HD 4000 is a workhorse. It won’t beat out most dedicated GPUs but isn’t a slouch like you’d expect it to be.

Thanks to reddit use “davidintransit” we have a list of some games that will work on the Surface Pro on Low or Medium settings.


Aion: The Tower of Eternity YES
Alan Wake YES
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare YES
Alice: Madness Returns YES
Aliens vs. Predator YES
Alpha Protocol YES
Anno 2070 YES
APB Reloaded YES
Assassins Creed II YES
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood YES
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations YES
Battlefield Bad Company 2 YES
Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition YES
Blur YES
Borderlands YES
Borderlands 2 YES
Breach YES
Bulletstorm YES
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 YES
Call of Duty: Black Ops YES
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 YES
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood YES
Champions Online YES
Cities XL YES
Civilization V YES
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight YES
Commander: Conquest of the Americas YES
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive YES
Darkspore YES
Dawn of War II: Retribution YES
DC Universe Online YES
Dead Island YES
Dead Space 2 YES
Death Rally YES
Deus Ex: Human Revolution YES
Diablo III YES
Dirt 2 YES
Dirt 3 YES
DiRT: Showdown YES
Dragon Age II YES
Dragon Age: Origins YES
Driver San Francisco YES
Duke Nukem Forever YES
Dungeon Siege III YES
Dungeonbowl YES
Endless Space YES
F1 2010 YES
F1 2011 YES
Fallout New Vegas YES
FIFA Manager 12 YES
FIFA Soccer 11 YES
FIFA Soccer 12 YES
Front Mission Evolved YES
Ghostbusters: The Video Game YES
Guild Wars 2 YES
Hamilton’s Great Adventure YES
Jagged Alliance – Back in Action YES
James Bond: Blood Stone YES
James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game YES
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days YES
Krater YES
L.A. noire YES
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West YES
Left 4 Dead 2 YES
Legend of Grimrock YES
Legends of Pegasus YES
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes YES
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 YES
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues YES
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars YES
Lost Planet 2 YES
Mafia II YES
Mass Effect 2 YES
Mass Effect 3 YES
Max Payne 3 YES
Microsoft Flight YES
Might & Magic Heroes VI YES
Mini Ninjas YES
MTG: Duels of the Planeswalkers YES
Napoleon: Total War YES
Naval War: Arctic Circle YES
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit YES
Need for Speed: SHIFT YES
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising YES
Orcs Must Die 2 YES
PCMark 7 YES
Port Royale 3 YES
Portal 2 YES
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands YES
Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 YES
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 YES
Prototype YES
Red Faction: Guerrilla YES
Resident Evil 5 YES
Rogue Warrior YES
Section 8 YES
Section 8: Prejudice YES
Serious Sam 3: BFE YES
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter YES
SHIFT 2 Unleashed YES
Shogun 2: Total War YES
Sins of the Solar Empire: Rebellion YES
Space Pirates and Zombies YES
Spec Ops: The Line YES
Splinter Cell: Conviction YES
Split Second YES
Star Trek Online YES
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes YES
Star Wars The Force Unleashed II YES
Star Wars: The Old Republic YES
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty YES
Street Fighter X Tekken YES
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition YES
Supreme Commander 2 YES
The Darkness II YES
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim YES
The Saboteur YES
The Secret World YES
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom YES
The Sims Medieval YES
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2 YES
Trine YES
Tropico 4 YES
Unstoppable Gorg YES
Virtua Tennis 4 YES
Wargame: European Escalation YES
Wolfenstein YES
World of Tanks YES
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm YES
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria YES


This is not a complete list, obviously. This is just many of the more popular (and some obscure) titles that will be playable on a Surface Pro.

This is quite exciting, actually. You may need to keep a charging cord with you when you go out but the thought of needing just a Surface Pro, the Type Cover, and a USB mouse (I use the Microsoft Arc for great portability) just to play PC games on the go is an awesome thing to behold.

I already own a Surface RT and bringing it with me to places and just unfolding the cover out to reveal the keyboard and slapping my Arc’s USB dongle on the side to create a close desktop experience is great. Being able to do that and have a full desktop experience is quite a feat. This is revolutionary stuff, guys.

I reviewed Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC (not the Pro edition) and while it carried full Windows 8, it was unable to play simple games like Diablo 2 and Minecraft. I’m extremely excited about not having those issues with the Surface Pro.

This is a new day for PC gamers. There has been a constant choice between two options: desktop or laptop. Now you can factor in tablets (or hybrids, whatever you want to call them) in the mix for extreme mobility.

To show you an example how easy it is to set up a Surface for when you go out to a buddy’s or just anywhere with a table, here’s a very crappy video (I do not have recording hardware yet!) I made for you all. Enjoy!





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  1. JeremySoo

    How did you get street fighter 4 to work on it, i keep getting errors with no solutions (Error when i launch the game is: “Failed creating Direct3D Device.”)

    • JeremySoo

      I’ve updated the drivers and dxdiag shows everything’s working and no errors in there

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