Google is making steady progress toward its promise of bringing Android games to Windows PCs.
As spotted by ComputerBase, Google has officially launched the beta for Google Play Games, a new application that will allow users to play Android games on Windows systems.
While the beta is only available to select regions in Asia at the moment (Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan), Google has teased some of the features that Google Play Games users can expect through its website, which include benefits such as improved controls via keyboard and mouse and support for better hardware, enabling games with higher graphic settings and more.
Game progress is also synced in the cloud, so players can pick up where they left off regardless of the device.
“Google Play Games is a PC application that lets you browse, download, and play select mobile games on a Windows desktop or laptop,” a description for the program reads. “Besides enjoying your favorite Android games on a PC, you’ll have keyboard and mouse access, seamless sync across devices, and integration with Google Play Points. Google Play Games is not yet available for Mac.”
Minimum requirements required to run Google Play Games:
- 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
There is no indication as to when Google Play Games might be released, but Google has promised that the beta will reach other regions later this year. Google already has a mobile app called Google Play Games that’s designed to help users find their next favorite game, but that will seemingly be sidelined by the new PC version when it makes its official debut.