Google will begin rolling out a limited beta test of its new Google Play Games product for PC today in three overseas markets: Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Google Play Games PC app, which was announced last month at The Game Awards event, allows users to play Google Play games on Windows PCs, in addition to currently supported platforms such as as mobiles, tablets and ChromeOS. The new PC support will include both laptops and desktops, Google said, and gamers will be able to pick up where they left off when switching from another device, like their Android phone, to their computer. .
The company previously announced the first markets to access the PC app, which was expected to arrive in early 2022. However, an exact date was yet to be given.
After accessing the beta version, testers will be able to try out popular mobile games such as “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang”, “Summoners War”, “State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration” and “Three Kingdoms Tactic”, which will achieve hundreds of millions of players worldwide every month. In total, beta testers will have access to more than 25 games, says Google.
The new PC app allows users to browse the catalog, then download and play games on a larger screen, while taking advantage of mouse and keyboard inputs. Users’ gameplay progress, meanwhile, will sync across devices, and they’ll continue playing at the start of the points when playing on the PC, Google noted today.
The PC app launch follows a recent move by Microsoft to bring Android apps to Windows 11, which included a partnership with Amazon and its own Amazon Appstore, as demand for cross-platform gameplay has heated up. But the Google Play Games app for PC isn’t made in partnership with Microsoft – it’s Google’s own app, which it created in-house and distributes. It’s also not a game streaming service. Players will download the games to their computer to play.
At the time of the beta launch, Google announces that it will release more details for Android developers that will help them optimize their existing games to be compatible with Windows PCs, so they can enjoy the extended access that the PC application provide. Google said last month that with the launch of a Windows app, Google Play games could grow to a gaming ecosystem of 2.5 billion monthly active users across all platforms.
Along with this news at 4:00 PM PT today, Google will be launching a developer website for those interested in participating in the beta where they can express interest and sign up to receive updates as they come. beta continues.