Google is launching a limited beta version of its app to bring Android games to Windows PCs. Google Play Games is available in beta starting today in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, allowing Windows PC owners to play popular Android games such as Mobile Legends, Summoners War, State of Survival, and Three Kingdoms Tactics.
Players in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan can: sign up to access the beta and access Google’s standalone app on Windows PCs. Google promises “seamless gameplay sessions between a phone, tablet, Chromebook and Windows PC,” suggesting that you can easily resume games between multiple devices.
“Players can easily browse, download and play their favorite mobile games on their PCs while taking advantage of larger screens with mouse and keyboard input,” said Arjun Dayal, group product manager for Google Play Games. “No more loss of progress or performance when switching between devices; it just works with your Google Play Games profile!”
Google Play Games also includes Play Points that can be earned while playing Android games on PCs. Google only announced its plans to bring Android games to PCs a month ago, but it’s still unclear what technology the company is using to run Android games on Windows PCs. However, the Google Play Games app will become a native Windows app that does not require game streaming, but Google does open a developer site today that should start with more information for game developers.
Google’s announcement comes months after Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs. Microsoft has built an underlying Windows subsystem for Android, which allows running Android apps from various sources. Microsoft is using it in partnership with Amazon to enable native installations of games and apps from the Amazon Appstore on Windows, but despite workarounds, Google Play isn’t officially supported yet.