Today, Google will begin rolling out a limited beta test of the newly announced Google Play Games for PC product in three overseas markets: Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Google Play Games PC app, announced last month during The Game Awards, allows people to play Google Play games on Windows PCs, in addition to currently supported platforms such as mobile devices, tablets, and ChromeOS. Google said support for the new PCs will include both laptops and desktops, and players will be able to pick up where they left off when switching from another device, like their Android phone, to their PC.
The company had previously announced the first market access to the PC app, which was expected to arrive in early 2022. However, no specific date has been set yet.
After accessing the beta version, testers will be able to try popular mobile games such as “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang”, “Summoners War”, “State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration” and “Three Kingdoms Tactic” reaching hundreds of millions of players around the world Per month. In total, beta testers will have access to more than 25 games, Google says.
The new PC app allows users to browse through the catalog, then download and play games on a larger screen, while also taking advantage of mouse and keyboard inputs. Meanwhile, as users play progress, sync between devices, they’ll continue to use Play Points early on when playing on PC, Google noted today.
The launch of the PC app follows a recent move by Microsoft to bring Android apps to Windows 11, which included a partnership with Amazon and its Amazon Appstore, as demand for cross-platform gameplay increased. But the Google Play Games app for PC isn’t created in partnership with Microsoft – it’s Google’s own app, which is built in-house and distributed. It is also not a game streaming service. Players will download games to their PC in order to play.
With the beta launch, Google says it will release more details for Android developers that will help them improve their existing games for Windows PCs, so they can take advantage of the expanded access that the PC app will provide. Google said last month that with the launch of the Windows app, Google Play Games could reach a gaming ecosystem of 2.5 billion monthly active users, across platforms.
In conjunction with this news at 4 PM PT today, Google will launch a site for developers willing to participate in the beta version where they can express their interest and sign up to receive updates while the beta continues.