There has been a huge effort in the past year to get Android games on PC. After the success of emulators like Bluestacks, companies like Windows have worked hard to make mobile software work well on computers.
However, controlling touchscreen software with just a mouse has turned out to be trickier than many thought. As such, a new ChromeOS overlay aims to make Android games on PC play better.
ChromeOS fixes Android games on PC
Designed for Chromebook users, the new ChromeOS gaming overlay is designed to make Android gaming much easier for keyboard and mouse users. With millions of kids playing Android games on Chromebooks, this is a much-needed feature.
Through The edge, the gaming overlay lets you assign a keyboard button or mouse action to a specific gesture. So you could set W,A,S,D as swipes to move in some games. Furthermore, you could, for example, assign Q to a three-button tap.
Currently, the software is still in an alpha state, despite a long time of work. While it will make Android games on PC more playable, it can’t get rid of some of the clutter left behind. However, there are plans to make it even better.
Currently, the Chrome OS gaming overlay only works on a small number of Android games. These games include: Pixel Blade R – Revolution, 2048, Hill Climb Racing, Tap Titans 2 and a few more.
As the software evolves, Google wants to allow any game with this feature to become playable. This is done through a customizable service that allows you to assign any gesture possible to a keyboard press or mouse click.
The early state of this software will no doubt be irritating for ChromeBook users. After all, phones have received a slew of overlays to map touch controls to controllers, but it took years for this basic overlay to arrive on PC.