Last year at The Game Awards 2021, Google had announced that Android gaming will be coming to Windows with the ‘Google Play Games’ PC app in 2022. On Wednesday, the search giant officially announced that Google Play Games is now available as part of a limited beta.
The Google Play Games app is currently available in three overseas markets: Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. Players in these regions can play Android games by signing up for the beta here and download Google’s new app for Windows PCs.
To participate in the beta, the below hardware and software requirements for the Google Play Games app need to meet to run smoothly:
- 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
Once the above requirements are met, you can go to the Google Play Games site, tap on the “Join the Waitlist” option and sign a form. Those who receive an invite and meet the minimum PC requirements will be able to participate.
Google promises “seamless gameplay sessions between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and Windows PC.” According to the search giant, the games will be playable on the bigger screen with the added control of a keyboard and a mouse.
“Players can easily browse, download, and play their favorite mobile games on their PCs while taking advantage of larger screens with mouse and keyboard inputs. No more losing your progress or achievements when switching between devices; it just works with your Google Play Games profile!,” says Arjun Dayal, Group Product Manager for Google Play Games.
The rollout of the Google Play Games app includes popular titles such as Asphalt 9: Legends, Cash Frenzy, Summoners War, State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration, Magic Rush: Heroes, Dragon Mania Legends, Township, Ideal Heroes, War Planet Online MMO Game, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire, Last Shelter: Survival, and more.
With Google Play Points, you will earn points on everything you buy with Google Play Games, including in-app items and subscriptions. You can rack up and redeem Play Points on your PC through the same process you use on your mobile device.
“The Google Play Games mobile app primarily focuses on the experience of the instant game where you can jump right into casual games. Going forward, “Google Play Games” will refer to the PC experience where you can enjoy your favorite Android games. We’ll have more announcements for the mobile app soon,” said Google.
The official release date of Google Play Games will vary among regions. Google will start with the beta regions of Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, and will expand to other regions later in 2022 and beyond.