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Google to bring Android games on Windows in 2022

Running Android apps on our PCs has been a thing for like when Android itself existed. That’s thanks to several Android emulators like Bluestacks and other open-source projects like Android x86, we have been able to use Android apps on our desktops for years.

However, the emulator trend has come to an end with the recent release of Microsoft’s Windows 11. While Windows 11’s Android app ecosystem is only limited to the Amazon Appstore, Google is finally ready to reveal its platform for playing mobile games on Windows desktops.

Google on The Game Awards this Thursday has made a surprise announcement. The company revealed it will bring a Google Play Games app to Windows PCs sometime in 2022. Greg Hartell, Google’s product director of games on Android and Google Play, told The Verge, “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.”

Google has not shared any details regarding the mechanism on which games will be available to the platform. Albeit, the company did confirm that Google has built the app on its own, without existing technology from Microsoft, Bluestacks, or others, as reported by XDA Developers.

Furthermore, the games are said to run locally on your PC, and will not be streamed from a cloud server. It is also said to support Windows 10 and newer, compared to Microsoft’s visualization layer for Android apps which only supports Windows 11.

Source: XDA Developers, The Verge