BlueStacks X Streams Android Games from the Cloud to PCs and Macs
Microsoft made some noise when it announced that Windows 11 would eventually support running Android apps, but it’s actually a bit late for gaming. technical and performance advantages, this is not the only solution available today. For quite some time now, BlueStacks has offered an emulator that runs a modified Android experience on PC and Mac. Now, the company has embraced this concept in the cloud with BlueStacks X, its formal foray into cloud-based game streaming.
BlueStacks has been one of the most used methods to run Android apps on Windows and macOS, most often used for Android games. It uses an emulation method to achieve this, and that naturally has some performance drawbacks. At the very least, you’ll need hardware that is powerful enough to comfortably play Android games.
BlueStacks X mitigates this in the same way as cloud gaming, but with a slight twist to history. In partnership with its own sister company, now.gg, the new service uses a hybrid approach to game streaming. In a nutshell, it offloads some of the hard work of computation and graphics rendering to the endpoint, i.e. the client device, so that not all data has to be streamed from the cloud.
This isn’t really a big deal since most of these endpoints are native graphics rendering cables, including modern browsers like Chrome. This means that almost any device with a browser can actually access BlueStacks X games, including a modest Raspberry Pi or, for that matter, an Android phone. It also relieves BlueStack’s servers, which helps keep costs down.
The latter also helps transform BlueStacks X into an ad-supported free service, although a paid premium tier is introduced later. The service is still in beta and is available on Windows 10 and 11, macOS, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS, among other platforms. BlueStacks X has a dedicated app player for Windows PCs, but you can also easily access it from any browser.