Google previously announced that Google Play Games is coming to Windows PCs in 2022 at The Game Awards 2021. During the final month of 2021, the company promised to let Windows users play Android games on their PCs. On Wednesday, Google announced the Google Play Games beta will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan today.
Players in these regions will sign up for the beta and download Google’s new app for Windows. With Android games coming to Windows, users can use the mouse and keyboard setup. Likewise, Google promises “a seamless sync across devices and integration with Google Play Points.”
Windows & Cross-Platform Gaming
Google is making drastic changes around Google Play Games, and its primary focus is Windows right now. “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 Google Play Games app will be a standalone app for Windows, supporting Android games. However, Microsoft also has its own thing going on right now for Android apps. Does Microsoft not encourage gaming, or will we see another collaboration that brings Microsoft and Google together?
The tech giant also rolled out a new developer site for the new Play Games beta. There’s also a set of minimum system requirements for the new Google Play game beta, but it’s specific to the three regions. Hence, the system requirements for the actual rollout might differ from the current one.
If you were wondering, these are the current system requirements for the Google Play Games app.
- 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
To sum up, Google is getting serious about its ecosystem, including Windows. However, the arrival of multiplayer Android games for Windows is a double-edged sword that will water down mobile gaming. Google’s next steps are crucial, as some PC players might get an advantage while competing against mobile gamers. It’s unclear if Google will put mobile gamers against desktop ones, but everyone loves a cliffhanger.