Google Play Games are coming to Windows PCs in 2022

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Andrew Tarantola
December 9, 2021 10:07 PM
UKRAINE - 2021/11/30: In this photo illustration, Google Play Games logo is seen displayed on a smartphone in a hand. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Starting next year, Google Play Games will be available on screens far beyond its current confines of Android and ChromeOS devices. Google executives announced on stage at the 2021 Game Awards that, come 2022, the app service will be available on Windows PCs as well.

“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," Greg Hartrell, Product Director, Games on Android and Google Play said in a release. The company was quick to note that this is not a partnership between the two tech corporations but rather a new product altogether "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.” 

Details are still scarce as to when exactly the new functionality will be made public and, more importantly, if our existing controllers will be cross-compatible. But given how quickly gamers embraced playing on Chromebooks, providing Windows users with access the same access to one of the world’s largest gaming ecosystems could prove a lucrative venture for both companies. 

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Google Play Games are coming to Windows PCs in 2022