A limited beta of Google’s program for bringing Android games to Windows PCs has been released. Today in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, Google Play Games will be accessible in beta, allowing Windows PC customers to play popular Android games including Mobile Legends, Summoners War, State of Survival, and Three Kingdoms Tactics.
Signing up for the beta and using Google’s standalone app on Windows PCs will be available to players in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. “Seamless gameplay sessions between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and Windows PC,” according to Google, implies that you’ll be able to seamlessly resume games across different platforms.
“Players can easily browse, download, and play their favorite mobile games on their PCs while taking advantage of larger screens with mouse and keyboard inputs,” says Arjun Dayal, group product manager for Google Play Games. “No more losing your progress or achievements when switching between devices; it just works with your Google Play Games profile!”
Play Points, which can be earned when playing Android games on PCs, will be included in Google Play Games. Google only revealed its plans to bring Android games to PCs a month ago, and it’s still unclear what technology it’ll use to make Android games work on Windows PCs. However, the Google Play Games app will be a native Windows software that will not support game streaming, and Google is launching a developer site today that will provide further information to game creators.
Google’s disclosure comes after Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs some months ago. Microsoft has created an Android underpinning Windows Subsystem that can run Android apps from a variety of sources. Microsoft uses it in collaboration with Amazon to allow native installs of Amazon Appstore games and apps on Windows, while Google Play isn’t officially supported yet, despite workarounds.