Android emulator BlueStacks 5 is officially out of beta

Credit: BlueStacks

  • BlueStacks 5 has exited the beta stage and is now ready for its stable launch.
  • The free Android emulator allows you to play mobile games on your PC with a keyboard, mouse, or game controller.
  • Unfortunately, you’re still locked to Android 7 Nougat, although this suite should be faster and more stable than BlueStacks 4.

When it comes to emulating Android on a PC, few software suites can compete with BlueStacks. The software allows you to install mobile games on your PC that you would normally find on the Google Play Store. What’s more, you can use different types of controls — including a keyboard/mouse combo — if touch controls just aren’t your thing.

Up until now, the latest version of Blue Stacks was a beta release. Starting today, though, BlueStacks 5 is officially out of the beta stage. The free emulator is available to download all around the world.

Here at Android Authority, we already have been using the beta version of BlueStacks. We even wrote up a guide about how it works and what you can expect. The stable launch of BlueStacks 5 doesn’t feature too many upgrades over the most recent beta, so a lot of what we say there will apply here.

The basic gist, though, is that this latest BlueStacks variant is faster and more stable than BlueStacks 4. In fact, in order to upgrade from BS4 to BS5, you’ll need to do a fresh install because the systems are so different. However, both systems are still based on Android 7 Nougat, which might cause compatibility issues for some of your games.

To give BlueStacks 5 a shot, hit the button below. It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose!