Almost a year after it was announced, it’s time for American gamers to start playing
It’s been almost a year since Google announced Play Games for PC. Although there are many ways to get your favorite mobile games operational under Windows — including via Windows 11 itself – an official channel remains a big problem. Throughout 2022, we have observed the beta program has expanded across the world, adding new countries and allowing all players to register. If you’ve been waiting (not so) patiently in the US, it’s finally time to have some fun.
Starting today, Google Play Games for PC is now available in open beta in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. Previously, this program was only available in five regions: South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and Thailand. It’s a big expansion that, frankly, has been a long time coming, but given some of the changes Google has made over the last eleven months, it’s probably for the best.
In August, Google lowered the barrier of entry for anyone wanting to get in on the action. At launch, Play Games for PC required surprisingly powerful specs, including 8GB of RAM, 20GB of free SSD storage, an 8-core processor, and a “gaming-grade” GPU. Thankfully, new players won’t have to deal with these stringent requirements, as Google’s reduced minimum specs apply to today’s announcement. Integrated GPUs paired with 4-core CPUs are supported by Play Games, and you’ll only need 10GB of free (and fast) storage.
Of course, the list of supporting games continues to look sparse compared to the untold millions of titles on Android. Google tells us that Play Games supports more than 85 PC titles globally, with specific highlights including 1945 Air Force, Blade Idle, Cookie Run: Kingdom, and Evony: The King’s Return. Game progress syncs across devices, so if you’re already playing a supported app on your phone, you can resume on Windows without missing a beat.
Players can sign up for the beta now on the Play Games official website, with no waiting list required to play. While it’s unclear when the service might be ready for a stable launch, today’s news is another milestone for the platform.