While it’s been possible to run Android apps on a Windows machine using third-party services like Android x86 and Bluestacks, the functionality will soon become official. Google is now working on a method to officially play Android games on a PC.
Google Play Games, but with Windows
During this year’s Game Awards, Google managed to squeeze in an unprompted surprise announcement. “The company revealed it will bring a Google Play Games app to Windows PCs sometime in 2022,” XDA Developers reports.
“This Google built product brings the best of Google Play Games to more laptops and desktops, and we are thrilled to expand our platform for players to enjoy their favorite Android games even more.” Greg Hartrell, Google’s product director of games on Android and Google Play, told The Verge.
There isn’t much clarity when it comes to how the feature will function on a technical level at this point. What we do know is that the games will run natively on the host PC, and not over cloud like Google’s Stadia. They’ll also have to be listed on the Amazon Appstore, considering that’s the app store that Windows uses natively.
According to XDA Developers, Google’s not using technology gained from these third-party services that have offered the functionality for years. Instead, it’s building all the tech in-house. It should be accessible on Windows 10 and 11 come launch time. Ready to annihilate all the Fortnite mobile players on the superior system?