Google brings Android games to PC in India

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Google has launched its Play Games beta for PC project in India after testing it for over a year in other countries. The service initially launched in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.

Play Games for PC project is available in more than 50 countries now.  The program is also being expanded to 60 other countries — including Argentina and South Africa, bringing the total availability to more than 120 countries. In March 2023, the beta service was rolled out for Japan and other European markets on the sidelines of annual Google for Game Developers Summit.

Google Play Games on PC requires users to run Windows 10 on a PC with 4 CPU physical cores, 10GB of free storage on a solid-state drive (SSD), an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU or comparable and 8GB of RAM. The program is currently in beta, so these requirements can change around the final release. According to a report on TechCrunch, the service is available both in English and Hindi.

Users will have to have a Windows admin account with hardware virtualization turned on to play games.

Apart from existing titles including “Eversoul,” “Lords Mobile” and “Evony: The King’s Return,” Google recently provided  access to Indian titles such as “Ludo King” and “Hitwicket Games.” Overall, Google offers more than 100 titles under the program.

Users can sync their game progress across devices like Android phones, tablets, Chromebooks and PC. Last year, Google also started testing keyboard control for select Android games on ChromeOS.

This March, the search engine company launched an emulator for game-makers to quickly debug their games. Additionally, the company offers integration with Android Studio for developers to make adjustments and deploy their games.

Using the emulator, game developers can easily publish games, sideload APKs using the ADB command, and modify the graphics and hardware settings in Android Studio to test various player configurations.