Google Play Games
Developer(s)Google
Initial releaseJuly 24, 2013; 9 years ago (2013-07-24)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android2022.01.32371 / February 1, 2022; 9 months ago (2022-02-01)[1]
Android TV2022.01.32371 / January 26, 2022; 9 months ago (2022-01-26)[2]
Operating systemAndroid
Windows (beta)
PlatformAndroid
Windows (beta)
TypeOnline service
WebsiteGoogle Play Games on PC and Google Play Games on Google Play

Google Play Games is a multi-platform gaming experience built and operated by Google featuring seamless gameplay across PCs, Chromebooks and mobile.

Google Play Games for PC launched in 2022 with a curated set of Android games optimized for PCs, Chromebooks and laptops. Google Play Games on mobile features instant play, gamer profiles, and achievements. The user gamer profile syncs across Google Play Games on PC and mobile.

History

The Google Play Games service was introduced at the Google I/O 2013 Developer Conference,[3] and the standalone Google Play Games mobile app was launched for Android on July 24, 2013.[4] Andrew Webster of The Verge compared Google Play Games to Game Center, a similar gaming network for users of Apple Inc.'s own iOS operating system.[3]

Google Play Games has received updates over the years since its launch, including a screen-recording feature,[5] custom gamer IDs,[6] built-in games,[7] and an arcade for game discovery.

Real-time and turn-based multiplayer services have been deprecated since September 16, 2019. Support for these API functions ended on March 31, 2020.[8]

On December 9, 2021 at The Game Awards, Google announced that Google Play Games beta would launch in early 2022, bringing Android games to Windows PCs and laptops.[9] On January 19, 2022, Google Play Games officially rolled out a beta experience of the product with a select catalog of games to a waitlist of users in Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.[10] The beta rollout continued on August 25, 2022 by making Google Play Games beta available for download to all players in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia with an expanded catalog of game titles.[11]

On November 2, 2022, global expansion of Google Play Games beta continued and launched to all users in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.[12]

The minimum spec requirements to run Google Play Games are currently for players who have a Windows 10+ PC with an integrated graphics card and 4+ core CPU can access Google Play Games beta (previously 8+ core CPU).[13]

References

  1. ^ "Google Play Games". APKMirror. Anddroid Police.
  2. ^ "Google Play Games (Android TV)". APKMirror. Android Police.
  3. ^ a b Webster, Andrew (May 15, 2013). "Google announces Play game services, Android's cross-platform answer to Game Center". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Ingraham, Nathan (July 24, 2013). "Google takes on Game Center with Google Play Games for Android". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Curtis, Duncan (October 28, 2015). "Google Play Games: capture and share the moment". Official Android Blog. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Frenkel, Benjamin (February 18, 2016). "Embrace your inner gaming hero with Gamer ID". The Keyword Google Blog. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Google Play Games gets new mini-games and redesign in version 5.3". Android Authority. November 13, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ending support for multiplayer APIs in Play Games Services - Play Console Help". Google Support. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Li, Abner (2021-12-10). "Android gaming is officially coming to Windows with 'Google Play Games' PC app in 2022". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  10. ^ "Google Play Games beta launches on PC in Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong". Android Developers Blog. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  11. ^ Bradshaw, Kyle (2022-08-24). "Play Games for PC enters open beta, lowering required specs and adding more games". 9to5Google. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  12. ^ Warren, Tom (2022-11-02). "Google Play Android games now available on PC in beta". The Verge. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  13. ^ Mehta, Ivan (2022-08-24). "Google Play Games for PC is now available in five countries". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2022-10-25.