Google Play games expanded to multiple nations as open beta

News Summary:

  • Starting Wednesday, Android users in the US can download a selection of Android games and play them on Windows PCs, according to a Google blog post. The feature (still in beta) was available in Hong Kong and Korea earlier this year but has now been extended to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brazil. And although it is a beta, it is an open beta, so anyone can join in and try it out.

  • If you’ve ever played a mobile game and thought, “this would be better with a mouse and keyboard,” Google has great news for you.

All you need is a Windows 10 PC with 8 GB of RAM, 10 GB of storage on an SSD, and a GPU “comparable” to Intel UHD Graphics 630, according to the Google Play Games website. Go to that website and click the big green “Get beta” button to download the client and get started. Popular games such as Arknights, Asphalt 9 Legends, and Just Dance Now are available on the PC.

And yes, you can use a mouse and keyboard to control these games, which old-school PC gamers will find more palatable than a touchscreen.

Crucially, games save progress between devices. So you can log into your Google account and play something on the PC, then leave that to pick up your phone and start right where you left off. (It would be a real bummer if this wasn’t the case, so it’s good that Google thought of that part.)

This beta feature extended the ill-fated alliance between Microsoft and Google in 2021. It started with the ability to download Android apps, such as TikTok, to a Windows 11 PC, and now it extends to Android gaming on a Microsoft machine. See what we can do if we all play nice?

Go now, dear reader, and get those high scores with much more precise controls than you would have on a phone.