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Google Play Games has hit the scene, and surprisingly, the PC requirements are kind of steep.
While it’s easy to assume that the program would run on almost any computer, that’s simply not the case. But, don’t let that push you away.
We’ll break down exactly what kind of PC you’ll need in order to run Google Play Games (GPG) to its full potential.
PC specs required for Google Play Games
If you are ready to start playing some of your favorite mobile games on PC, here’s what you’ll need to get started with GPG:
- Windows 10 or Windows 11
- An SSD with at least 10 GB of available storage
- Intel UHD 630 GPU (minimum)
- A processor with at least 4 physical cores
- 8 GB of RAM
- Windows admin access
In addition to the PC requirements above, you’ll need to be able to turn hardware virtualization on.
Thankfully, that last step is easy, as Google Play Games will direct you to the setting the first time you load up the software.
How smoothly does Google Play Games run on minimum hardware?
We’re only a couple of hours into the beta, but one of our PCs has close to the minimum requirements.
Currently, we are happy with the experience, but we have noticed some minor hiccups during testing. This typically comes when trying to multitask, so that’s not really GPG’s fault.
But besides that, games play smoothly and only have the occasional frame skip when loading.
GPG’s PC requirements are steep, but manageable
Ultimately, getting the new service up-and-running isn’t terrible. While things like SSD requirements are a bit of a bummer, it’s good to see that GPU requirements are low.
Google Play Games is currently in beta, so it is also possible that some of these specs will change over time. We’ll continue to update this post as more information is made available.