Google Play Games for Windows PC is now available in beta

The release of Windows 11 brought a great novelty: the possibility of playing the best games android directly on your PC. The limited beta testing program for the new Google Play Games desktop app opened in January, and the company is now ready for gamers to try.

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Google Play Games for Windows

Google announced yesterday that it has started publishing Google Play Games for PC Beta in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.. As previously announced, it is a standalone Windows PC application created by Google and designed to download and play Android games from the Play Store.

XDA-Developers points out that more details will apparently be revealed during the Google for Games Developer Summit, but there are already videos and images of the app in action from gamers in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, at this beginning, only a few games are accessible, without the possibility of searching for others. The truth is, it looks like Google wants to make sure the desktop app works with a smaller selection first.

Also, there is no option to download apps other than games. The main executable is supposedly called “crosvm.exe”, apparently indicating that it’s based on Google’s official virtual machine for Chrome OS.

System Requirements To Play Android Games On Your Windows PC

Google previously released the minimum system requirements for Play Games for PC, which includes Windows 10 v2004 or later, SSD, 20GB of available storage space, “Game-grade GPU”, 8 GPU logical cores, 8 GB of RAM, a Windows administrator account and hardware virtualization (hypervisor/HAXM) enabled.

Google says AMD PCs with less than 1GB of VRAM and Lenovo ThinkPad laptops are not supported. So, if you have a device with these specs and intend to play games on your PC, you may need to buy another one, with the minimum specs required.

It is not yet known when Google will release the app to the rest of the world. Windows 11 PCs can also use the new Windows Subsystem for Android to run Android apps and games, and using third-party scripts, Google Play Store can be loaded.

There are also other Android emulators designed for games that have been around for years, such as Bluestacks, XDA points out. However, a native addition like the one built into Windows could improve the experience.

Via: XDA Developers

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