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    Android games on PC, it's possible thanks to BlueStacks

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    All this without forgetting the aspect linked to the size of the screens. Smartphones do not offer large displays like those of PCs, and the need to hold them in your hands, often using the accelerometer, during gaming sessions is not the best of life. Here, therefore, comes to the rescue BlueStacks, the most popular emulator in the world, with a market share in the specific sector that touches 55%.

    Installing BlueStacks

    The first step is to download the latest version of BlueStacks for our operating system (be it Windows or MacOS). At this link you will find the official portal, just click on the "download BlueStacks" button to be redirected to the download page. The desktop OS is automatically recognized, so you end up using the latest software release.

    We tested it on a PC with Windows 10. We therefore downloaded BlueStacks 3N, which allows you to emulate an Android environment based on Nougat. We purposely used a fairly dated computer, an 8-year-old Sony Vaio with some heat dissipation problems (Intel Core i5 M450 processor, 6 GB of DDR3 RAM, 500 GB of hard disk at 5.400 rpm), in order to to be able to test the fluidity of the software even on a not exactly recent machine.

    Once the download is finished, you have to run the downloaded .exe file to make it appear the screen that allows you to start installing BlueStacks. At this point just click on the "Install Now" button and that's it. You do not need to perform any other operations to complete the software installation, you only need to wait for the end of the automatic procedure.

    1. Go to the official BlueStacks portal at this link. Click on the "download BlueStacks" button to start the download. 
    2. Run the downloaded .exe file to start the installation of BlueStacks. When the screen shown in the image appears, click on the "Install Now" button and wait for the end of the procedure. The software will start automatically.

    A jump in the Play Store directly from PC

    Once the installation is finished, BlueStacks starts automatically. The screen that you find in front of you warns how the graphic engine of the software is being optimized in order to be able to "sew on" the specific hardware of the computer on which it is running. This is an operation that takes a few more minutes away only at the first start, but which is subsequently carried out quickly.

    Since this is the first start, you are catapulted into what, in fact, represents the configuration procedure of any Android device. After selecting the system language (there is obviously also Italian), access to your Google account is requested. The graphics are exactly that of Nougat, which makes it extremely intuitive right from the start.

    Log in to your Google account it is an essential operation to be able to use the Play Store through BlueStacks, and therefore directly on the PC. Once the configuration is complete, you find yourself on the software homepage, which represents a sort of direct link to the application store of the Mountain View company.

    All the icons you see are mobile games for Android, present on the Play Store. In fact, just click on it to be redirected directly to the download page. Through the search space located at the top right, it is possible to search directly in the Google store, and this obviously concerns any type of application.

    Navigation in the system interface is absolutely fluid, even within the Play Store, which was also designed for smartphone touchscreens. You immediately perceive how the emulation performed by BlueStacks is the result of years of development work, also because the first version was released in 2011.

    In any case, everything can also be customized from a technical point of view. Through the settings icon, located on the system bar at the top, you can access a panel that allows you to select: screen resolution, graphics mode (DirectX or OpenGL), RAM and CPU allocation, backup settings, notification mode. 

    The perfect integration with what happens on mobile is particularly convincing. For example, using the same account, any progress or change made within an application (whether it be a game or not) can be found on the smartphone or tablet. The logic is exactly that of a unified user experience across platforms.

    1. Wait for BlueStacks to start up for the first time, which can take a few minutes depending on the power of your PC.
    2. Select the system language and click on the "start" button.
    3. Enter your Google account details to log in.
    4. Accept the Android terms of use in order to continue. 
    5. Click on the settings icon at the top right to customize the technical part.
    6. Select the screen resolution. 
    7. Select the graphics mode and CPU and RAM allocation 

    Bluestacks to the test with PUBG Mobile

    In order to test the potential of Bluestacks, we have installed the PUBG Mobile game in our emulated environment, a massively multiplayer online game belonging to the survival category. It is one of the titles that, at the moment, is enjoying the most success in the Android field, also thanks to the existence of a version for Windows, Xbox One and iOS (it is developed by Bluehole).

    Once you start PUBG Mobile through BlueStacks (excellent loading times, despite our dated PC), we find ourselves faced with the first advantage of running a smartphone game on desktop. In fact, at the bottom right you can access a screen which allows you to fully customize the keyboard controls, which are decidedly more functional than the touch-screen.

    BlueStacks also recognizes peripherals too, from the mouse to any joypads, also in this case completely customizable. This is certainly a possibility that, in the gaming field, obviously makes a difference. Without forgetting the large display available (in our case a 15-inch), which allows you to fully enjoy the gameplay.

    Everything flows smoothly, no frame rate drops. In the case of PUBG Mobile, the game recognizes the emulated environment, and therefore the matching with online opponents takes place only with those who are running the title through the same platform. A trick that will certainly make the most orthodox gamers happy.

    We also put BlueStacks to the test with a title like Iron Throne, an RTS that is literally depopulating on smartphones. Again, the software did not show any hesitation, both in terms of loading times and in relation to the fluidity of the gameplay. Similar speech with Lineage 2, King of Avalone, Idle Heroes, Guns of Glory, Art of Conquest, Lords Mobile. 

    The Pika Points system is very interesting. BlueStacks has in fact created an internal gamification and remuneration apparatus, which allows you to accumulate points by starting the software, installing a new game and, more generally, during gaming sessions. The accumulated points are always visible at the top right, as you can see in the image below. They can be redeemed in order to obtain a premium subscription lasting one month, or for other rewards offered from time to time: from T-Shirts to gaming equipment, up to Play Store gift cards, just to name a few. . In short, the more you play, the more you win.

    In the case of running multiple applications at the same time, BlueStacks creates tabs with an interface identical to that of browsers. Simply click on them to instantly switch from one app to another, again without any lag whatsoever. Without forgetting the perfect coupling with Google Play Games, with all the various progresses and goals of the games that are therefore saved and coupled to your account.

    1. Search for PUGB Mobile via the search bar at the top right.
    2. Click on the "install" item.
    3. Wait for the download to finish, then start the game.

    The effectiveness of a free service

    As said at the beginning, Bluestacks is free software. However, this did not prevent the creation of a complete 360 ​​° application, which is not surprisingly often referred to as the best Android emulator in the desktop field. The experience offered combines the advantages of the Google operating system with those offered by the form-factor and the computing power of PCs.

    All without forgetting the cross-platform nature of BlueStacks, available for Windows and MacOS. We refer you to the official software portal, so that you can further deepen your knowledge through the appropriate blog and try it live on your computer.

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