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BlueStacks X brings Android apps to iOS and Browsers in the Cloud

Browser-based Android gaming just became a reality
Last Updated on December 1, 2023
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BlueStacks, the free Windows Android emulator, has launched a brand new version of the software that works directly in your browser. It’s called BlueStacks X, it runs in the cloud and will allow you to play all manner of Android games pretty much anywhere you have a direct internet connection.

This means, much like Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming, you’ll be able to access your favorite mobile games from Android directly on your iOS device or, if you want to go down the strangest route, directly in Discord?!

You and your server can launch games, share sessions, and update people on what you’ve dumped cash into.

It runs on a combination of Amazon’s AWS servers, as well as BlueStacks’ own now.gg, with all the heavy lifting (rendering, etc.) done via the device itself. The service will be free, but there are pre-roll ads (which I suspect ad blockers will cause issues with down the line).

On PC, it’ll bring up a heads-up display to show you on-screen controls, but the game choice seems fairly limited at the moment and if you have a recent Android phone or iPhone, most, if not all games available right now, are actually just on the devices anyway? This seems like a work in progress, but a welcome one despite the lack of selection.

BlueStacks do say that new games are coming weekly.

The website also seems to have been redone to allow for you to choose whether to download a game straight into BlueStacks natively on your Windows PC or play in the cloud – if it’s available – which is a nice touch.

What games are on BlueStacks X?

  • Disney Sorcerer’s Arena
  • Lords Mobile: Tower Defence
  • RAID: Shadow Legends
  • Hero Wars
  • Infinity Kingdom
  • Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem
  • Rise of Kingdoms
  • Dynasty Scrolls
  • Dawn of Zombies
  • King of Avalon: Dominion
  • Evony: The King’s Return
  • War Robots
  • Idle Heroes
  • Castle Clash: Guild Royale

Joel is a a lover of janky games, Magic the Gathering, and going down rabbit holes. For PC Guide he has written about peripherals, the Steam Deck, retro games, news and more.