After (finally) getting an invite to Microsoft’s game creation application Project Spark, I was excited to dive in and start creating worlds with my Surface 2 (as it’s the only computer I own with a touch screen). After encountering an error when trying to download the game from the Windows store, I contacted Microsoft support regarding the error and was informed that Project Spark has only been announced for Windows 8.1, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. While this is something I’ve known, I assumed that the “Windows 8.1″ part of that would include their tablet OS Windows RT – this is not the case.
In response to my query, Microsoft responded with: “Project Spark beta is currently available only in Windows 8.1. Eventually, Project Spark will also be on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. We have not announced any plans for Project Spark on Windows 7 or RT.” So, there you have it, Surface RT and Surface 2 owners, there are currently no plans for Project Spark on your tablet.
That said, if you’ve received a beta invite for Project Spark, you can still access the game on a Windows 8.1 PC and will be automatically granted access to the Xbox One beta when that rolls out in February. Microsoft has assured beta participants that a new set of codes will also be sent out to beta participants for the Xbox One beta release in the event that they gave their beta access to another user.