Google is currently running a beta test of its new Google Play Games for PC service, enabling you to play Android games on your Windows desktop or laptop. The free service allows you to play select titles on a bigger screen with a keyboard and mouse. Google syncs your progress across devices, so you can pick up on your computer where you left off on your phone and vice versa.
Not that familiar with Google’s games service? Check out our guides to subscribing to Google Play Pass or the Best Mobile Game Controllers.
How to Install Google Play Games for PC
The minimum requirements for Google Play Games for PC are pretty basic. You will need:
- OS: Windows 10 (v2004)
- Storage: Solid State Drive (SSD) with 10 GB of available storage space
- Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU or comparable
- Processor: 4 CPU physical cores (some games require an Intel CPU)
- Memory: 8 GB of RAM
You also need a Windows admin account, and hardware virtualization must be turned on.
The service is already available in more than 120 countries. You can check if you are eligible here, and download Google Play Games for PC here. Once installed, sign in with your Google account, and you’re ready to play.
Best Google Play Games for PC
Only a relatively small selection of Android games is available (we counted around 250), but there are a few decent titles. If you sign in with the same Google account you use on your Android phone, you will see all the games in your library that also work on PC listed on the right-hand side of the game hub.
You can tap the magnifying glass on the left to search for games or filter by genre. Here are a few picks we recommend to get you started: