Game streaming platform Agawi has announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring cloud-streamed games to Windows 8. Leveraging Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform, the service will bring "social Facebook games as well as mid-core and hardcore titles" to devices that run Windows 8, including tablets, phones and, of course, PCs. Perhaps most important to the Joystiq audience, Agawi promises that "Popular AAA games" will be playable within "the coming months."
Just how will these AAA games work on a tablet? Executive chairman Peter Relan tells Engadget that decision is up to the publisher. Agawi supports, according to Relan, everything from virtual D-pads to "touch and tap" to actual controllers.
There is a caveat, however, in that Agawi is tied to x86 architecture. That means, for example, that it won't run on Microsoft Surface for Windows RT tablet, which uses an ARM processor, whereas it will run on the Surface Pro, which packs an Intel i5. Relan says the tech should run on Windows 8 phones, though it sounds like those phones will need some beefy processing power.
Agawi has not announced any publishing partners, though a fourth quarter announcement seems to be in the works. In the meantime, you can see a demo of Agawi above, which shows off Assassin's Creed, among other titles.