Last night, Google revealed that it is bringing Play Store-based Android games to Windows in 2022.
“Google Play has helped billions of people find and play their favorite games across multiple platforms, including on mobile, tablets, and ChromeOS,” Google Play product director Greg Hartrell said. “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. 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.”
I received that quote from Google late yesterday, but it came sans details about how this would work; Google did tell me, however, that it is doing this on its own and has not partnered with Microsoft in any way. But now we have a few more details: it will include a native Windows app that will play some of the Android-based games that are today available via the Google Play Store. They will run locally, and won’t be streamed. And this system will involve some form of continuation feature where you can begin playing on any supported device and then continue on another, as with Xbox Play Anywhere.
Google’s Windows app won’t ship until an unspecified time next year.