18 January 2022
Google is officially bringing Android games to Windows devices next year. It made the announcement during The Game Awards 2021 event that took place a few hours ago. It will bring support through the Google Play Games, an app that is already available for every single Android smartphone and tablet available out there.
Play Games is basically like a user profile for Android gamers. It keeps a track of all the games a particular player has played along with game progress, achievements unlocked, and other stats. A user can also add friends to their profiles to compete with them and see what games they are playing.
This app's Windows version is said to be developed by Google itself. It will be compatible with Windows desktops, laptops, and tablets. It is currently unknown what technology this app has been developed with. As a result, it is difficult to make any guesses about Android games' compatibility and performance quality.
Greg Hartrell, Product Director of Games on Android and Google Play, told The Verge:
“Starting in 2022, players will be able to experience their favorite Google Play games on more devices: seamlessly switching between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and soon, Windows PCs. This Google-built product brings the best of Google Play Games to more laptops and desktops, and we are thrilled to expand our platform for players to enjoy their favorite Android games even more.”
It is important to note that Microsoft has also added support for Android games on Windows 11. It partnered with Amazon to bring Android apps and games through the Amazon App Store. Google's offering is different in the way it will also work with Windows 10 devices. Another major advantage to Google is that it can offer all Android games that are listed on the Play Store. In comparison, Amazon's store has a limited number of apps and games to offer.