11 May 2022
It is just a little over a month since Google announced plans to bring Android games to Windows PCs through Play Games. It has now released a limited beta of Play Games for Windows PCs. It is currently available only for users from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea with possible expansion to other regions in the coming weeks.
The beta application will allow Windows users to play Android games on a bigger screen and with additional controls like keyboard and mouse. Google has added support for select titles like Asphalt 9: Legends, Mobile Legends, Dragon Mania Legends, and Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire among others. It seems like Google is moving ahead at a gradual pace and will likely add more games depending on the feedback.
One interesting feature that Google is touting about the beta is support for cross-platform syncing. It means you will be able to start playing Android games on one device and then continue to it from the same point on another device. All you will need is to sign in using the same Google account. This is similar to cloud-based game streaming services like Google Stadia and NVIDIA GeForce Now.
All players will receive Google Play Points as rewards while playing games including for in-app purchases and subscriptions. These points can be redeemed through the PC as well as a mobile phone.
As for Google Play Games PC requirements, here is the official list:
- Windows 10 (v2004)
- Solid-state drive (SSD)
- Gaming-class GPU
- 8 logical cores of CPU
- 8 GB of RAM
- 20 GB of available storage space
- Windows admin account
- Hardware virtualization must be turned on
- Compatible PC device and configuration