The Google Play Games PC Beta is introducing new features this week to enhance the experience of playing Android mobile games on a larger screen, giving it a more PC-like feel. Although mouse and keyboard input were already supported, Google is now adding game controller compatibility for select games.
Among the supported controllers are Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S controllers, as well as Sony’s PS4 and PS5 controllers. While the complete list of compatible games has not been shared, Asphalt 9: Legends and BADLAND are two Android games that can be played with a controller on a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.
Additionally, the Google Play Games PC Beta now offers a selection of 3,000 games with synchronized progress between Android and Windows. Starting today, the popular real-time strategy games Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are also accessible through the beta client.
Furthermore, players have the ability to choose different screen resolutions in games by pressing Shift + Tab. With support for up to 4K screen resolution on compatible monitors, games that boast higher-quality graphics display magnificently on larger screens, according to Arjun Dayal, Director of Product at Google Play Games.
Responding to user feedback, Google has now added a search bar to the Google Play Games beta app, located at the top of the “All games” section. This addition was highly requested by beta testers.
The Google Play Games PC beta is now accessible in over 100 regions. To access the client, you can download it from the provided link. For testing purposes, you will need a Windows 10 PC with a 4-core CPU and a minimum of 8GB of RAM. Additionally, hardware virtualization must be enabled on your device in order to run Android games.