So far, the Google Play Games beta has been exclusive to Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. But today, Google has announced an expansion to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. There is no word on when it will be coming to India, the world’s biggest smartphone market where Android enjoys over 95% of the smartphone OS market share, according to the The Economic Times.
In order to enjoy Android games on your PC, you need a Windows 10 or 11 machine with a processor packing a minimum of four CPU cores, integrated graphics, 8GB of RAM, and up to 10GB of available SSD storage. However, the recommended configuration for “better gameplay performance” includes a gaming class GPU, which can be either an Nvidia GeForce MX-series GPU that is usually fitted inside slim laptops or a proper gaming-centric card from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX or RTX line-up (via Google).
On the software side, hardware virtualization must be enabled on your PC. During the installation process, users might be asked to enable Hypervisor or HAXM on their PC, but do keep in mind that the HAXM setting is exclusive to PCs that have an Intel processor. Google also warns that if you run into an installation issue, make sure that there’s 20GB of available space on the SSD drive.