Android gaming is coming to Windows PCs next year via Google Play Games. The search engine giant made the announcement at ‘The Game Awards’ last night which is an annual event for gaming enthusiasts.
With the Android gaming service launching on Windows PC, users can now access and play their favourite Android games on a desktop platform. The Google Play Games is a mobile app that stores and displays various achievements of the gamer. It is also a pop-up that loads when they open a title.
Android games to arrive on Windows platform next year
Get ready to play your favorite @android games on your PC. Pick up where you left off anytime.
— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) December 10, 2021
Google hasn’t announced any partnership with Redmond-based company Microsoft for bringing its games to Windows devices. Instead, the search engine giant will introduce the Play Games service for Windows through a standalone application. This means that users will have to download and install the app on their desktop devices.
Product Director of Games on Android and Google Play, Greg Hartrell said in a statement ‘Players will be able to experience their favorite Google Play games on more devices: seamlessly switching between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and soon, Windows PCs’.
Google hasn’t revealed too much information about Android games on Windows yet. It’s also unclear how the service will work on desktops and its compatibility with the OS version. However, since it is a Play Games service, users will have to log in to their Google account just like their smartphone to sync data across various devices.
Microsoft started testing Android apps on Windows in October this year and has also partnered with Amazon to natively install games and apps from the Amazon app store. It remains to be seen whether Google brings its entire Play Games library to Windows or limited titles at launch next year.