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Google expands its Play Games for PC Beta to the US and other countries

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TL;DR

  • Google has expanded the beta for its Play Games app to the US, Canada, Mexico, and five other countries.
  • It was previously only available in Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
  • Over 85 Android games are available through the Windows app.

Late last year, Google announced it would be bringing Android games to Windows PC through its Play Games app. The beta version of the app has now rolled out to North America and five other countries.

When Google first launched its Play Games for PC initiative, it was only available for players in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. It also arrived as a limited close beta that you had to sign up for. In August, Google changed the closed beta to an open beta and expanded access to Thailand and Australia. According to 9To5Google, the Mountain View-based organization has now brought the beta to the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Unlike before, there is no waitlist, you can go and download the Windows app right now. There are currently over 85 titles available, which is a jump up from the previous 50 back in August.

In order to use the beta, your system will have to meet some requirements, however. You’ll need a 4-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, 10GB of free SSD space, Intel UHD Graphics 630 or comparable, and Windows 10 (v2004) or higher. This is down from the previous requirements that demanded a gaming-class GPU, 8-core CPU, and 20GB of SDD storage.

Earlier in the year, the company stated that it will continue to add new features and listen to feedback from developers and players before the app goes into full release.