Google brings Android games to Windows as early as 2022

Kiev, Ukraine - September 24, 2014: Close-up shot of brand new Google Nexus 5, powered by Android 4.4 version, with Google Play sign on a screen.

Google will introduce Google Play Games to Windows in 2022, according to an announcement by the major cross-platform during the Game Awards 2021.

Google Play Games app is built by Google to allow games from Google Play to run on Windows laptops, tablets, and PCs.

As such, Greg Hartrell, Google’s product director of games on Android and Google Play, said,” That gamers will be able to experience Google Play games on more devices and they can seamlessly switch between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and a Windows PC soon.”

In addition, Google built the application on its own and has not collaborated with either Microsoft, BlueStacks or any other developer.

“Starting in 2022, players will be able to experience their favorite Google Play games on more devices: seamlessly switching between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and soon, Windows PCs,” Hartrell added.

“This Google built product brings the best of Google Play Games to more laptops and desktops, and we are thrilled to expand our platform for players to enjoy their favorite Android games even more,” he stressed.

Users will soon be able to play the popular Google Play games on their Windows laptop, desktops or PC, after having played them on Google OS-based devices such as Android phones, tablets and Chromebooks.

Although not much is known about the date of launch, the Google Play application is being developed for Windows 10 and above.

In parallel with this announcement, Microsoft was testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs whilst it built an underlying Windows Subsystem for Android, capable of running Android apps from multiple sources.

One of the disadvantages of that partnership is that far fewer Android games and apps available for Windows 11 users to easily install than there might otherwise be. Hence, the opportunity is open for Google, BlueStacks, and others.

However, the partnership between Microsoft and Amazon lets Windows users install games and apps from the Amazon Appstore.

Away from Google and Microsoft, BlueStacks is allowing users to play games on web browsers via its BlueStacks X feature, while the cloud gaming service offers free streaming of Android mobile games across platforms.