Google introduces Play Games Windows app and technical specifications

As part of the beta, Google today showed off a full UI preview of its Play Games app for Windows PC. He also shared the specs needed to run Android games on your laptop and desktop.

Google Play Games shares more than a few similarities with Stadia’s Progressive Web App (PWA) from the service logo in the upper left corner to three navigation tabs and a series of icons, including an avatar/profile name, on the right. You can quickly see the download progress here.

In ‘Home’ you get great coverage of a headlining game, while a list on the right lets you quickly ‘Continue Playing’ and ‘Install and Play Again’. The first likely includes titles you’ve recently played on your phone. In-game status and achievements will sync across mobile and desktop, followed by a “Library” tab, while “All Games” displays a list of what you can install.

No longer lose your progress or achievements when switching between devices, it just works with your Google Play Games profile! Play Points can also be earned for Google Play Games activity on PC.

These thumbnail previews are almost identical to how games appear in the Play Store on Android, but feature a slightly longer description to accompany the icon and rating. The same goes for the full list where Google provides a number of reviews and downloads, a rating, and other editorial accolades.

It also notes if the title “Contains Ads” or “In-App Purchase”, while you will still earn Play Points on PC. This is followed by a carousel of screenshots and the rest of the list.

For that upcoming tri-region beta, Google has shared the first specifications of Play Games on Windows. They are suitable for gaming PCs commonly found in beta regions, while Google expects the requirements to decrease over time:

  • Windows 10+ (v2004)
  • 8 CPU logical cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Solid State Drive (SSD) with 20 GB of available storage space
  • Windows administrator account
  • Hardware virtualization must be enabled
  • Compatible PC Device and Setup
  • To select Gaming-grade GPU:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600, 700, 800, 900 or 10 series

NVIDIA Volta-series

NVIDIA GeForce 16, 20 or 30 series

Intel Iris Xe graphics card

AMD Radeon HD 7790, 7850, 7870, 7950, 7970 or 7990

AMD Radeon HD 8970 or 8990

AMD Radeon R9 200 Series

AMD Radeon R7/R9 300 Series

AMD Radeon RX 400 Series

AMD Radeon RX 570, 580 or 890

AMD Radeon RX Vega Series

AMD Radeon VII Series

AMD Radeon RX 5000 or 6000 series

Today, Google also allows third-party developers shows interest learn how to optimize their existing games for PC. Android developers will be able to use the same Play Console to publish to Windows via Google Play.

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