The Google Play app will have a desktop version, in the form of a separate Windows software called Google Play Games. The mobile application giant is currently testing it in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, and has plans to continue expanding to more countries.
Previously, the only way to run Android apps or games on a personal computer was through Microsoft’s Your Phone app, or an emulator like BlueStacks, or taking advantage of the Windows Subsystem for Android on the Appstore. by Amazon.
At this point, a beta version of the Google Play app on Windows has been announced for hands-on experience. Once you have access to the app store, you can sync your Android games to the cloud, and continue playing the last level saved on other compatible devices.
Speaking of compatibility, while Windows Subsystem for Android only appears on Windows 11, Google Play Games will work smoothly with Windows 10 v2004 and above, which is very convenient for those who do not want to upgrade to the latest version.
Some hardware requirements:
Windows 10 (v2004)
SSD hard drive
Free space: 20 GB
Gaming graphics card
Real 8 core processor
Windows admin rights
Hardware virtualization must be enabled
However, the application is limited – AMD systems with less than 1GB of graphics RAM are not supported, and neither is the full range of Lenovo ThinkPads.
Google is also adding a set of tutorials for game developers to help them transition from mobile devices to desktop controls (from touch to mouse and keyboard). Hopefully Google will test it successfully and soon expand its reach to more countries.