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Google Play Games vs Nox Player: Which one is better?

Is Google’s option better for playing mobile games on PC than Nox Player?
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Google Play Games is the latest way for mobile gamers to play games on PC, but is it better than Nox Player?

Both offer mobile games you can play on PC, and one option comes directly from Google. You would think that means that Play Store games are better on Google Play Games but, surprisingly, that’s not the case.

If you would just like a basic answer and don’t feel like reading a ton of words: we believe Nox Player is superior to Google Play Games.

That’s our basic answer currently and it could change in the future depending on Google’s support of its new platform.

But, for now, we’ll break down each option to give a better explanation of our choice.

Google Play Games vs Nox Player

In this section, we’ll break down what each platform provides to explain our reasoning above.

We have spent a ton of hours with Nox Player and have also started exploring Google Play Games. This is how we’ve determined that Nox is a better way to play mobile games on PC.

Nox Player

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Nox Player is one of the better Android emulators, and it shows in its polish. The onboarding experience is great and it provides a full Android experience on PC.

Players can download almost any game from the Google Play Store. And if that isn’t enough, they can download something like TapTap to discover even more great games.

There’s not much to dislike about the Android emulator. You can even use different instances to help manage your many games.

If there is one detractor, it’s that lower-end PCs can struggle to run Nox. But, ultimately, it is a small issue, because most modern PCs can handle emulators.

Google Play Games

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Google Play Games (GPG) features a polished UI and an easy onboarding system. But, the platform misses the mark on arguably the most important part – the games.

Sadly, GPG doesn’t allow full access to Google’s vast library of games. You also can’t install apps TapTap to increase the number of games available.

Then, to top it off, out of the 40+ games on Google Play Games, many are pretty basic titles that don’t appeal to many users. There’s also a surprising number of casino games available, as well.

It’s not all bad, though. Because of the curation method used, games run smoothly on Google Play Games, and keyboard and mouse support have been extremely solid in our experience.

Google Play Games isn’t terrible, but Nox Player is better

Google Play Games isn’t bad. It’s a decent platform that will most likely improve over time.

The curation system is limiting right now, but it means that the games being added are thoroughly tested, which is nice.

But when it comes to Google Play Games vs Nox Player, there is a clear winner.

Right now, however, it’s hard to recommend Google Play Games when options like Nox Player (and BlueStacks) exist.

The freedom they provide mobile gamers is just better, and it is much easier to get all the mobile games you want on PC.

If you are just starting out on your emulation journey, maybe give Google Play Games a try. Otherwise, stick with Nox Player.


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