BlueStacks was one of the first applications to make it possible to play Android games on a PC when the software first launched in 2011. But now that Microsoft has native support for Android apps and games for Windows 11, you might be wondering what’s next for Bluestacks.
Cloud gaming, apparently. The company has a new game streaming service called. introduced BlueStacks X this is currently available in beta. At startup, you can stream Android games to Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, or Linux devices.
Thanks to the BlueStacks X web app, which works with smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks or Windows, Mac and Linux computers, you can stream games on almost any modern device with a web browser. Bluestack explicitly points out that the Raspberry Pi is supported, as well as “some smart TVs” (presumably those with a web browser, since no smart TV apps are mentioned yet).
There’s also a native BlueStacks X client for Windows that lets you play cloud games as well as some games that currently require download: BlueStacks says its cloud gaming service supports 200+ Android games, but so far only about 14 are available to stream on the web app. However, the company plans to add more games every week.
Bluestacks also created a Discord bot called Cloudy that allows users to share links that allow users to connect to multiplayer games, among other things.
Most game streaming services use powerful servers to render games using your local device only as a display and controller. However, BlueStacks X takes a more hybrid approach and uses the technology of the sister company now.gg of Bluestacks. Some of the graphics rendering is outsourced to your local device to reduce the load on the Bluestacks servers.
Among other things, this helps reduce the cost of hosting the service and enables BlueStacks to use a freemium business model. Right now, BlueStacks X is free to use for anyone. But at some point there will be a free and ad-supported version and a premium version, which BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma says VentureBeat will launch at a later date.
via press release and BlueStacks blog