Google today announced that Google Play games for PC, a program that allows users to play Android games on Windows, is now available to all open beta users in South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, and Australia. The company introduced a limited trial earlier this year where interested players could try out the platform via a waiting list. With the new announcement, they don’t have to wait for an invite.
The limited beta limited first select players in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan with expansion to Thailand and Australia in March.
The search giant noted that it is also lowering system requirements so that more users can play these games.
The earlier beta required players to have a system with at least an eight-core CPU, a “gaming-class GPU” and 20 GB of available storage. The new open beta reduces these requirements to a four-core CPU, an integrated GPU, and 10 GB of free storage on the system.
Google said it now has more than 50 PC-compatible game titles for Windows users. Players can start playing a title on a PC and then pick up where they left off with the same Google ID on their Android phone.
“Over the past few months, we’ve more than doubled our Google Play Games catalog to 50+ titles, playable on Windows PCs through a standalone application built by Google. Our catalog features many of the most popular mobile games in the world, including Summoners War, Cookie Run: Kingdom, Last Fortress: Underground and Top War. Together, these games are played by hundreds of millions of players worldwide,” the company said in a blog post.
While Google handles the distribution of Android games on Windows, Amazon is working with Microsoft to get Android apps to PC users. US-based users could install Android apps through the Amazon App Store through the Windows 11 Insider program. Last week, the company expanded the preview to Japan.