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MSI App Player brings Android games to MSI computers

The move comes a while after PUBG Mobile developers revised matchmaking for mouse and keyboard players.

Published onJune 7, 2018

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  • The MSI App Player, essentially a version of the BlueStacks Android app player, is coming to MSI computers.
  • MSI is positioning the program as a better way to play Android games.
  • The news comes after many PUBG Mobile players adopted a keyboard and mouse in order to gain an advantage over touchscreen gamers.

MSI has announced a tweaked version of the BlueStacks Android app player for its computers. The app, called the MSI App Player, delivers mobile games on PC as well as interactive RGB keyboard lighting.

The PC firm adds that the MSI App Player will allow for better performance, output to a larger display, and easier controls. BlueStacks already allows people to play Android games on PC, but the MSI partnership does open the door for wider adoption.

The move is ostensibly meant to piggyback off the recent keyboard and mouse trend in competitive multiplayer mobile titles. Heck, MSI even used PUBG Mobile in a promotional video to announce the app player.

A case of cheating?

The launch of PUBG Mobile has resulted in many players using a keyboard and mouse in order to gain an advantage over touchscreen players. Because, you know, they don’t fare so well against other PC gamers…

In fact, Motherboard reported on the phenomenon earlier this year, trying it out for themselves and going so far to say it was “absolutely cheating.” The writer adds that they could often get away with killing an opponent if the opponent spotted and tried to shoot them first.

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Fortunately, the team behind PUBG Mobile confirmed changes to matchmaking in April, so players on emulators can only play against each other. At the time of the announcement, the PUBG Mobile Twitter account said the decision was taken to “ensure fair gameplay.”

It’s unclear whether the MSI App Player will be affected by this change too, but user reports suggest that the new system is now in place for BlueStacks itself.

We do wonder how the app player will work with the upcoming Fortnite Mobile, especially given the developer’s confirmation of cross-platform play… Nevertheless, the MSI App Player and BlueStacks in general will be a boon for genres like strategy, racing and first-person titles, where precision control is key.

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