The capability of Windows 11 to run applications and games designed for Android was one of the most eagerly anticipated features of the operating system. The implementation developed by Microsoft is dependent on the Amazon Appstore, but the stable version has not yet been released in a lot of different regions. In the meantime, Google has released its very own solution to the problem of app virtualization on Windows, which it calls Play Games for PC. The service is currently in beta, but Google has just expanded it to two new markets, indicating that it is still making rapid strides toward completion.
The search giant has released its own version of an Android App Store for Windows called Google Play Games for PC. Installing and playing Android games on a computer running Windows is now possible thanks to this program, and you are not even restricted to using Windows 11 alone. At The Game Awards in December 2021, the company made the announcement about the new venture, and the following month, an initial beta version was made available to eager gamers in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. Now, the beta test is also being conducted in Australia and Thailand (via 9to5Google). When users of Windows in these countries visit the landing page for the beta, they will be given the option to join the waitlist rather than receiving a notification when the beta becomes available for registration.
According to Google, titles found on Play Games for PC will eventually be playable on computers that are compatible with Windows by means of a specialized application. Google Play Points, synchronization of game progress across multiple devices (including PC and mobile), and input via keyboard and mouse are all supported right from the start of the game. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Summoners War, State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration, and Three Kingdoms Tactics are just some of the games that may or may not be included on the list of games that are accessible, depending on the region.
Although Google promised that the minimum system requirements for playing Android games in this manner would gradually decrease, those requirements are still the same for the time being. You will need a gaming computer that is on the higher end of the spectrum and comes equipped with at least an eight-core CPU, a «gaming-class» GPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 20 GB of free storage space on an internal drive. Incompatible options include Lenovo Thinkpads and AMD hardware with less than 1 GB of video RAM (VRAM). On the bright side, support is provided for Windows 10 versions 2004 and later, as well as newer versions. Therefore, players won’t need to install Windows 11 or the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in order to play Play Games on their personal computers.