In March, the Google Play Games on PC beta began rolling out as the official way to experience Android titles on Windows, and it’s now coming to Australia and Thailand.
This is the first expansion of the beta and is featured in Google’s support article detailing the waiting list. The “Availability in the region” list originally only included Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan. Thailand and Australia were recently added, although those two countries are not yet listed on the official Play Games for PC landing page.
We haven’t seen any reports of people in those two countries receiving invites yet, but users in Australia can now “Apply to the waitlist” instead of being told “Beta is not yet available in your area”.
Google is clearly sticking to the Asia-Pacific markets, previously saying it will “expand to other regions later in 2022 and beyond”.
You can join the waiting list at play.google.com/googleplaygames, with the hardware requirements unchanged:
- Windows 10 (v2004)
- Solid State Drive (SSD)
- 20 GB available storage
- Gaming-grade GPU
- 8 Logical CPU Cores
- 8GB RAM
- Windows administrator account
- Hardware virtualization must be enabled
- Compatible PC device and configuration
Users will also have access to a PC monitoring tool after being invited to the beta. Google says the expansion to Windows is a continuation of how there are already 2.5 billion monthly active users gaming with Android apps on phones, tablets and Chrome OS, while Android developers want it too.
Visually, the Windows app has more than a few similarities to the recent redesign of Google Play on the web. Google touts seamless gaming experiences between desktop and mobile, directly distributing both emulated Android titles and games that run natively.
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