What you need to know
- It was announced in January 2022 that a Google Play Games for Windows PC beta would arrive for those in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan at some point, though the specific date invites would go out was ambiguous.
- Said invites appear to be going out, alongside user-submitted content showcasing the service's PC client.
- Other regions (beyond the aforementioned three) will gain access to the service at some point in the future.
In January 2022, Google announced that Google Play Games for Windows PC would have a region-restricted beta for those in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Now, less than two months later, it seems invites are being sent out and that the beta is officially live.
As spotted by Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, footage of a user trying out the PC client has hit the web.
The beta for Google Play Games for PC is now available! Google announced the beta test in January for three markets (Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan), and I'm told it recently went live.
Here's a video showing the PC client, courtesy of @BakaChocolate. pic.twitter.com/KBQo0XF4BTThe beta for Google Play Games for PC is now available! Google announced the beta test in January for three markets (Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan), and I'm told it recently went live.
Here's a video showing the PC client, courtesy of @BakaChocolate. pic.twitter.com/KBQo0XF4BT— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) March 13, 2022March 13, 2022
There is no proper gameplay footage in the clip so there's no telling how well that aspect of the service performs. But the brief glimpse we've received of the client thus far gives us an idea of the interface as well as a sneak peek at the titles available to play right now (so long as you live in one of the three regions with access to the beta). In the event you want to attempt some regional trickery to bypass the beta's current geographical requirements, note that there's also a proper waitlist and requirement for your account to be approved for beta access, meaning faking qualification for Google Play Games on PC won't be easy.
Should more footage of the beta in action make its way online, we'll be sure to update our coverage to showcase the best Android games running on PC. Until then, stay tuned for further updates from Google on when more regions will gain access.
Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing to see here... *Yawn* especially since there is no gameplay footage. People can get better games via Steam like the entire Prince of Persia franchise for couple of bucks as it's on sale at the moment. Vastly better gaming experience than playing mobile games on a pc lol...
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