NoxPlayer Releases a Hyper-V-Compatible Version that Can Coexist with Google Play Games & WSA

In the next major update, NoxPlayer will be launching a new version that’s fully compatible with Hyper-V. So far, NoxPlayer is the first one in the emulator industry that supports Virtualbox technology and Hyper-V enabled at the same time.  

You might be wondering what virtual box and Hyper-V services are and why this update matters a lot. Keep reading to find out:

  1. what are Hyper-V and VirtualBox technology
  2. why is it important for emulators to be compatible with Hyper-V
  3. what’s the difference between NoxPlayer and the Hyper-V version that’s released by other emulators



What is Hyper-V and VirtualBox Technology?

Similar to VirtualBox and VMware virtualization technology, Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hardware virtualization product. It lets you create and run a software version of a computer, called a virtual machine. Each virtual machine acts like a complete computer, running an operating system and programs. Hyper-V is available on 64-bit versions of Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education. It is not available on the Home edition.

If you are a techie you must know VirtualBox and VMware cannot run with Hyper-V enabled:

VirtualBox and VMware Workstation (and VMware Player) are “level 2 hypervisors.” Hyper-V and VMware ESXi are “level 1 hypervisors.” The main difference is that a level 2 hypervisor is an application running inside an existing OS, while a level 1 hypervisor is the OS itself. This means that when you enable Hyper-V, your Windows 10 “host” becomes a virtual machine. A special one, but nonetheless a virtual machine.

VirtualBox and VMware Workstation cannot work inside a Hyper-V virtual machine because as a VM, the Intel VT-X instruction is no longer accessible from your virtual machine, only the host has access to it.

Source: Why can’t VirtualBox or VMware run with Hyper-V enabled on Windows 10 – Super User 



Why Bother?

You might not know most of the Android emulators on the market are based on VirtualBox, including NoxPlayer. VirtualBox and VMware will conflict with Hyper-V, so you have to turn off Hyper-V and restart your computer to use Android emulators, which is quite troublesome.

Quite different from the classic emulators, recent emulation gaming products released by industry giants like Windows 11 Subsystem for Android™️ (WSA) and Google Play Games are built based on Hyper-V technology, and they can only run with Hyper-V enabled. To simply put this, if the traditional Android emulators don’t innovate and transform, they won’t be able to co-exist with Subsystem for Android™️ (WSA) and Google Play Games, which forces users to choose among different products.

Thus we are proud to announce that NoxPlayer has now become the first one to finally solve the conflict between the Intel VT-x virtualization technology that needs to be enabled to run traditional emulators (to run VirtualBox) and hyper-V, which has bothered many emulator users for years. So now,

  1. Especially for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users, they can now use the emulator without hassle, even with Hyper-V turned on by default.
  2. Developers that have to work in a technical environment that has Hyper-V enabled can now run NoxPlayer with ease
  3. Users who would like to try all emulation products and want to have WSA, Google Play Games, and classic Android emulators installed on the same PC can now try NoxPlayer. In addition, if tech bloggers/YouTubers would like to run some tests, they can now choose NoxPlayer.



What’s the difference between the latest version of NoxPlayer and the Hyper-V version of Bluestacks?

There is another emulator that has released a Hyper-V-compatible version. Rather than opting to upgrade the VirtualBox version, Bluestacks released a version based entirely on Hyper-V. That being said, firstly, you cannot run the emulator on Windows 10 Home and earlier Operating systems that do not support Hyper-V. AND secondly, if you’ve installed another version that’s based on VirtualBox, your data cannot be transferred to the new emulator, which seems a bit annoying. Also, if you have other products on your PC (especially for developers) that have to turn off Hyper-V to run, you’ll get the traditional version of the emulator installed on your PC too.

For the best user experience, the best way is to find a solution to have Android emulators compatible with both VirtualBox and Hyper-V, and NoxPlayer made it.



NoxPlayer has been leading the market:

-2017/Q3:Globalization by covering more than 120 countries worldwide;
-2017/December: No.1 market share in Japan, Korea, and other Asia Pacific verticals;
-2018/Q3: Global launch of Android 7 beta, the industry’s only emulator that supports 3 Android versions (4, 5, 7) at the same time;
-2019/Q2, the industry’s first 64-bit emulator on the market;
-2021/April, NOX celebrated its 6th anniversary and released the world’s first Android 9 emulator;
-In March 2022, NOX will launch the world’s first Android emulator compatible with both VirtualBox and Hyper-V