Google intends to make Android games available on Windows PCs before the end of the year. In 2022, Google will release a Google Play Games app, which will allow games from the Google Play store to be played on Windows laptops, tablets, and desktop computers.
According to The Verge, a Google spokeswoman, Alex Garcia-Kummert, says the business developed the app on its own, which means the company did not collaborate with Microsoft, BlueStacks, or any other third-party developers. Players will also be able to resume games on a desktop PC once they have been started on a phone, tablet, or Chromebook, thanks to the new app.
Until then, Google will only tease the app during The Game Awards tonight, with a release timeframe of sometime next year assured. However, it is not yet obvious what technology Google is employing to imitate Android applications on Windows, but games will run locally rather than streaming from the cloud.
Google’s disclosure comes months after Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs in a closed-door test environment. A foundational Windows Subsystem for Android has been developed by Microsoft, and it is capable of executing Android applications from a variety of sources. Microsoft has teamed with Amazon to allow Windows users to directly install games and apps from the Amazon Appstore. However, native Google Play compatibility will not be available through Microsoft’s feature until later this year.
It is important to note that because Microsoft has only officially collaborated with Amazon for that feature, there are significantly less Android games and apps accessible for Windows 11 users to readily install than there would otherwise be. The door is wide open for Google, BlueStacks, and other companies to step in and fill the void.
The BlueStacks Android game platform has taken a step further and is now delivering Android games to browsers, while Microsoft and Google continue to work on making Android apps and games available for Windows users. When you download BlueStacks, you can play Android games directly in your browser. BlueStacks has been concentrating on Android gaming for Windows since it became the most popular use case for its main app in 2016.
Early this year, a document from the Epic v. Apple trial leaked information about Google’s plans for Android apps on the Windows operating system. The 70-page plan, which was due to in October 2020, envisioned an ambitious endeavor to bring Android games to Macs and Windows PCs. A Google paper showed that the company’s initial priority would be to bring “emulated, native, and streaming games” to Windows, with at least a portion of that endeavor set to begin in 2022.