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We take a look at how khổng lồ play Android games on your PC with a few of the best gaming emulators around.

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Ankit has a background in Telecom Engineering, but decided he'd rather talk about phones than make them. He's been with Android Authority for cthua trận lớn ten years, writing about cases, accessories, smartphones, wearables, VPNs, and so much more. When not immersed in the tech world, he makes the time to lớn indulge in his other favorites - genre TV và movies, and video clip games.
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điện thoại thông minh games may be ways away from being at the cấp độ of the gaming console và PC. Things are getting better, though, with a slew of excellent games being released every year. In fact, it’s rather uncomfortable to play some of these newer titles on a touchscreen, & I’d much rather use a keyboard và mouse or a controller instead. Luckily, there are ways khổng lồ play Android games on a PC!


The best way khổng lồ bởi so is to lớn use an emulator. While the choices are somewhat limited, there are a few options available. Let’s jump in & take a quiông chồng look at three such emulators that will let you play Android games on your PC.

See also: The best Android emulators for PC and Mac


Note: The system I use comes with a 10th Gen. Hãng Intel Core i7 processor, Intel Iris Plus graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 13.3-inch 4K display, và running Windows 10. Performance may vary based on your configuration.


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Bluestacks was one of the first Android emulators I’d used a few years ago to lớn play Android games on my PC. It remains one of the best options even today, with the latest version released baông chồng in 2018 — Bluestacks 4 — getting even better.

Getting started

All you need to vị is to download & install Bluestacks from the website khổng lồ get started. Bluestacks 4 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Before you reel back in horror at how old that Android version is, keep in mind that it’s quite current as far as these kinds of emulators go. The good news is that you shouldn’t have sầu any trouble running most apps and games either way.


You’ll need to lớn sign up with your Google trương mục, as you would on any Android device. You can download apps from the Google Play Store by going khổng lồ the “My Library” section. However, after launching Bluestacks on your PC, you’ll see that it puts games front và center. The “Game Center” is packed with excellent recommendations, & you can also scroll through various collections & genres to find the best games.

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Bluestacks also made the MSI App Player, which is another excellent emulator, but it is essentially the same thing with a different look. The interface is a lot cleaner, & you’ll likely need to know what to download beforeh&. There are few game recommendations, but for the most part, MSI products are showcased instead.

Features


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Unsurprisingly, you get identical features with both emulators. The gaming controls & keyboard mapping are highly customizable, so you shouldn’t have any trouble replicating a PC gaming experience. The good news is that the keyboard mapping is pretty solid even without tinkering too much. Built-in modes for shooting and MOBA are a huge help in this regard as well.


A Multi-instance feature adds a new aspect khổng lồ strategy & Gathân phụ games by letting you play the same game with multiple accounts. You can also play different games from different “instances” lớn avoid any confusion. The emulator also comes with a recording feature and screenshot buttons built-in & easily accessible.


As far as settings go, Bluetacks and MSI App Player let you adjust the display resolution from qHD lớn Quad HD và mix the DPI between 160 & 3đôi mươi. If your device supports it, you can also change the graphics mode & mix it lớn use dedicated computer graphics.

Performance

I played Asphalternative text 9, Madden NFL mobile, and Fifa sản phẩm điện thoại on both emulators, and had a great time. There were a few instances of lag, but not enough lớn cause any real problems with gameplay. The emulators loaded quite quickly, but launching a game took a while. However, once it started, it ran almost as quickly as it does on my phone.


Even though I know that both are essentially the same, I felt like the MSI App Player was the smoother of the two. Games tended to lớn stutter noticeably more when playing them on Bluestacks. That could be because the Bluestacks interface has a lot going on, but that probably wouldn’t affect game performance. Either way, both Bluestacks & the MSI App Player are fantastic options if you want khổng lồ play Android games on your PC.