Google Play Games for PC now available in five countries - TechCrunch

Google announced today that Google Play Games for PC, a program that allows users to play Android games on Windows, is now available to all users under open beta in South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia. The company presented limited test earlier this year with interested players able to try out the platform via a waiting list. With the new listing, they won’t wait for an invitation.

The limited beta first restricted select players to South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan expanding to Thailand and Australia in March.

The search giant noted that it is also lowering the system requirements so that more users can play these games.

The earlier beta required players to have a system with at least an octa-core processor, a “Gaming-grade GPU” and 20 GB of available storage. The new open beta lowers these requirements down to having a quad-core processor, an integrated GPU, and 10 GB of free system storage.

Minimum system requirements to run Google Play Games on Windows Image Credits: Google

Google said it already has more than 50 PC-compatible game titles for Windows users. Players can start playing a title on a PC, then, using the same Google ID on their Android phone, pick up where they left off.

“Over the past few months, we’ve more than doubled our catalog of Google Play games to 50+ titles that can be played on Windows PCs through a standalone app built by Google. Our catalog includes many of the world’s most popular mobile games, including Summoners War, Cookie Run: Kingdom, Last Fortress: Underground and Top War. Together, these games are played by hundreds of millions of players worldwide,” the company said in a blog post.

While Google is in the business of distributing Android games on Windows, Amazon partnered with Microsoft to get Android apps for PC users. US based users succeeded install Android apps through the Amazon App Store through the Windows 11 Insider program. Last week, the company has expanded the preview to Japan.

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