Even after the untimely demise of Stadia, Google hasn’t given up completely on its gaming ambitions. Earlier this year, Google announced that Play Games would be coming to PCs through a standalone application.
Initially, the beta was restricted to a few places like Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand. Now, Google Play Games beta will also be available for players in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.
In the last few months, our Google Play Games catalog growth has been accelerating with many popular mobile titles including 1945 Air Force, Blade Idle, Cookie Run: Kingdom, and Evony: The King’s Return. All of these titles and dozens more can be played on Windows PCs via a standalone application built by Google.
Our broader goal continues to be meeting players where they are and giving them access to their games on as many devices as possible
– Arjun Dayal, Director, Google Play Games
During the initial beta phase, the minimum specs requirements of the application was quite hefty, requiring an 8-core CPU along with a dedicated GPU. Fortunately, Google in its good wisdom has now reduced the minimum requirements to a more reasonable setup.
- Windows 10 (v2004)
- Solid state drive (SSD)
- IntelⓇ UHD Graphics 630 GPU or comparable
- 4 CPU Physical cores
- 8 GB of RAM
- 10 GB of available storage space
- Windows admin account
- Hardware virtualisation must be turned on
- Compatible PC device and configuration
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.
While with this expansion the Google Play Games beta is available in most regions, many significant markets like India and China are still excluded. Google will likely skip the beta for other regions and directly have a official launch after the beta phase ends.