At the turn of last year, Google at The Game Awards made a surprising reveal at the show. Unlike prior years advertising Stadia, this time the firm featured a new Google Play Games suite that is coming to PC. The new feature would implement native support to play games from the Google Play Store natively on Windows devices without the necessity of installing third-party software.
This sudden urge for a new push only left many questioning how close the demise for Stadia really is. In a later report from Business Insider, the firm has already made a trajectory for a new cloud initiative that would overshadow Stadia. And this fall, Google officially shared the service will shut down in a statement from platform lead Phil Harrison.
This week, Google has resurfaced to share the beta for Google Play Games is now officially in beta. With that comes nearly 100 titles to choose from as this opens in select regions such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. You can read the FAQ PC specifications in the list below:
Windows 10 (v2004)
Solid state drive (SSD) with 10 GB of available storage space
IntelⓇ UHD Graphics 630 GPU or comparable
4 CPU physical cores
8 GB of RAM
Windows admin account
Hardware virtualization must be turned on
“The Google Play Games mobile app is primarily focused on the instant games experience where you can jump right into casual games. We’ll have more announcements for the mobile app in the near future. Going forward, ‘Google Play Games’ will refer to the PC experience where you can enjoy your favorite Android games,” the firm gives in comparison it to Google Play.
Google Play Games director Arjun Dayal in a statement to The Verge says, “We’re thrilled to expand our platform to more markets for players to enjoy their favorite games on Google Play. As we move towards a full release, we will continue to add new features and evaluate developer and player feedback.”
Are you planning to try out Google Play Games?