Google Play Games for PC expands to Europe and Japan

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Google have announced that it will be rolling out Google Play Games for PC in Japan and other European markets in the annual Google for Game Developers Summit. In the coming months, the service is also planning to feature a number of well-known titles, including Garena Free Fire, Ludo King, and MapleStory M.

The open beta was announced in early 2022 and is available in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan. Since then, the service has expanded to many countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Google Play Games aims to increase customer access to Android gaming by enabling them to play mobile games on Windows desktops in addition to the supported Android, Android mobile, Android tablet platforms and ChromeOS devices.

A new emulator that offers a version of Google Play Games specifically targeted at developers and intended for games’ debug and build processes is also announced. Using this 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.

The technical requirements for porting mobile games to Google Play Games for PC include an x86 architecture for pc builds of the game along with no permit requirements and advertisements pop-ups on PC.

Furthermore, the games must have high-resolution assets and performance improvement for reaching at least 60fps, keyboard and mouse input support and cross-save of the in-game progress.

The current hardware requirement for Google Play Games on PC is a device running on four core CPUs with at least Intel UHD Graphics 630, eight gigs of RAM and 10 GB of SSD storage. Users will also need at least Windows 10 to run Google Play Games.