Google announced today that its Play Games Beta on PC now offers hundreds of games and is available in 60 new markets.
“Today we’re announcing four big updates to Google Play Games Beta on PC, which gives you access to mobile games on more devices,” Google director Arjun Dayal writes in the announcement post. “Taking into account feedback from players and developers around the world, we’ve added hundreds of new games, expanded to new regions, made it accessible for more players, and rolled out a new feature to make gameplay even easier.”
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Here’s what’s new:
Google announced that it would bring Play Store games to Windows PC in December 2021, and while it was clear that it was not working with Microsoft on this offering or using its Windows Subsystem for Android technologies to do so. It launched as a limited beta in just three markets in January 2022 and then as an open beta in just five markets in August 2022, by which time it was clear that Google was using its own emulation technology and that games would be downloaded, not streamed. It finally expanded to the U.S. other countries in November 2022, and then to more countries in May.