Will Games developed on XNA work under a Windows 8 environment?

I know the XNA project was killed off, and you can't develop it on Windows 8 (apparently), but will they still work under windows 8? I don't care about metro integration or whatever, even if they run in desktop mode that's fine.

I've been looking around and finding a bunch of contradictory answers - so maybe I can get a clear one from here.


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Yes, the applications you write for XNA will still run on the desktop mode but not metro mode. If you care about Metro integration, check out MonoGame. I develop normal XNA and MonoGame applications on Windows 8 and run them here as well; I can assure you they both function perfect on desktop mode.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you had any luck getting custom shaders working with MonoGame? \$\endgroup\$
    – RobCurr
    Mar 10, 2013 at 2:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RobCurr I have - but it's probably a bit off-topic for this particular answer. ;) \$\endgroup\$ Mar 10, 2013 at 4:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh good, thanks. I was considering porting the game over (it uses simple sprites) to Monogame. Is it worth it? And how difficult would it be? \$\endgroup\$
    – Haedrian
    Mar 10, 2013 at 7:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ Incredibly simple - it doesn't take much effort at all. :) \$\endgroup\$ Mar 11, 2013 at 1:26

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