Best Android Emulators For Gaming

With the rise of mobile gaming comes the need for good android emulators. Since I like to record and upload gameplay videos for a lot of mobile MMOs, I needed to find a good android emulator because recording on my tablet isn't easy and the quality isn't nearly as good as an emulator. I also prefer to play mobile games on my PC when I can because I have a bigger screen and can multi-task while gaming. I've tried quite a few android emulators over the years and have personally downloaded and tested each of the android emulators listed below:

Best Android Emulators For Gaming:

Nox Android Emulator

Highest performance, best compatibility/stability, clean interface.

After downloading and trying a dozen or so android emulators, I can safely say that Nox is my favorite. There's a reason Tencent literally uses Nox as their PC client for their hit mobile moba King of Glory (known as Strike of Kings Internationally). They do so because it works near flawlessly. The biggest issue with most android emulators is that they just don't work for a lot of games. You'd go to open a game and it wouldn't launch or it'll instantly crash. I'm not saying Nox is perfect, but from my experience Nox can run more games flawlessly than any other android emulator and does so with excellent performance (high frame rates). Nox is without a doubt the best android emulator and I continue to use it regularly. Every mobile gameplay video I put on Youtube was recorded using Nox Player.

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Other notable features: Supports PC and Mac, Built in controller support,

Blue Stacks

Blue Stacks was one of the first super popular android emulators having launched in 2012. With over 190 million users it remains the largest free android emulator on the PC. From my experience it works really well for well known games like Clash Royale, Vainglory, Seven Knights, etc but cannot open some of the more obscure or lesser known games. I used Blue Stacks for some of my early mobile gameplay videos on youtube, but switched after I couldn't get it to open many of the games I tried to play. Another issue with Blue Stacks is that it installs a bunch of extra junk on your PC (Bloatware). Bottom line? It works for some games, but not nearly as well as Nox android emulator from my experience.

GenyMotion

Another well known android emulator. While Nox and Bluestacks are aimed at gamers, Genymotion is largely aimed at app developers. It's best known for its stability and regular updates. While it has a free version it also offers a paid professional version for freelancers/contractors. Excellent for app development/testing, but can also be used just to play games. One annoying aspect of Genymotion is that users need to create a Genymotion account before they can download and use the software.

Droid4X

Droid4X is yet another popular android emulator. After giving up on Blue Stacks I used Droid4x for a while but ran into some of the same issues that plagued Blue Stacks. Namely, the emulator not working for certain games. The emulator itself wouldn't crash, but trying to open a game would lead to an endless black screen. There are also reports of Droid4x comping pre-packaged with some Chinese torrenting software called Xunlei which could hog some bandwidth as it downloads stuff in the background. It also stopped being updated.

Been playing MMOs since I first got my hands on Ultima Online when I was 12 years old. Played so many games from Star Wars Galaxies to MapleStory to DAoC to World of Warcraft. Long time League of Legends player too! I'm also Known as "ReMo" and "Remotay"

  • Tyler C.

    Good stuff, wish I had this guide about a year ago before I got into android gaming on my PC. Definitely agree that Nox is hands down the best one right now. The only problem I have with it is that on Windows 7 when you boot Nox, it will disable Aero. You can re-enable it, but it will happen every time you start Nox. There is no fix currently from what I could find, but a good workaround I found is to add a context menu option to your desktop to simply restart Aero after launching Nox, you can google it to find the registry key to add to do this.

  • TianlanSha

    From what I remember they were all using Android 4.

  • Ala Heza

    Do any of these tools play Logres very well?

    • I recommend Nox. Havent used it for Logres specifically but i bet it'll work fine