Tag: google stadia

The DeanBeat: Black Friday lets us enjoy the low cost of computing and entertainment

I’ve done some conspicuous consumption already during the holiday season, even though Black Friday is barely upon us. A series of unfortunate incidents have befallen my electronic life, and I had to rectify the situation immediately. And all I have to say about that is thank heaven for Moore’s Law, the continuously falling price of […]

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Cloud gaming is going to make customer support more complicated

New cloud-based game platforms like Google Stadia and Apple Arcade are potentially great for gamers, offering on-demand, download-free, anytime, anywhere games. But, drawing on over 20 years’ experience supporting games, I see some serious challenges on the horizon for the industry, and especially those who engage with the player community. Throw traditional behavior forecasts out […]

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GamesBeat Decides 131: Star Wars Jedi and Google Stadia reviews

November is flying by at an irresponsible pace, but that means we are almost on “the other side of games” for 2019. On the GamesBeat Decides podcast this week, the crew talks about some of the last big releases for the year in Google Stadia, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. […]

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Google Stadia’s data use is over 100MB per minute at 1080p

Google Stadia is every bit the data hog that everyone was expecting. The service warns that it can use between 4.5GB and 20GB of data per hour. Where you’ll fall within that range depends on the quality of the video feed you get from Stadia. But I didn’t want to just take Google’s word for […]

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Console-free gaming may start with the cloud — but will need the edge

The video gaming world is bracing for a cloud-based, console-less future. By ditching expensive PCs and consoles, and making games accessible on the devices people already own like smartphones, tablets, and laptops, this segment of the entertainment industry has the opportunity to create a whole new demographic of “gamers.” It’s a positive, fundamental change in […]

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Google Stadia review — It works, but it doesn’t matter

Google Stadia is here, and it has worked almost flawlessly for me. But one of the many problems with Stadia is that you and I are not guaranteed to get the same experience. The other problem is everything else. Stadia is available now by ordering the $129 Premiere Edition. This gets you a Stadia controller, […]

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Stadia works, but here are 10 features it needs to add in a hurry

Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service works (here’s our review), enabling me to play games in a data center and have them streamed to my own screens. But it’s just OK. And that’s a disappointment. I expected it to be more revolutionary than it is. I played a number of the launch games to see how […]

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Google Stadia will launch with 22 games on first day, up from just 12 last week

Google announced tonight that its Stadia cloud-gaming service will launch on November 19 (yes, Tuesday) with 22 titles, up from just 12 last week. I’m not sure what changed so fast to allow Google to add 10 more titles, but last week’s announcement of just 12 titles was greeted as a pathetic line-up. Now Stadia […]

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The Joy of Helping Others in ‘Death Stranding’

Cooperative games are nothing new, but in recent years there’s been more and more games taking a different approach to cooperative multiplayer. Asynchronous multiplayer has been in a variety of games, from simple aggregation like Noby Noby Boy, where the length you stretched your Boy was added to the length of Girl, to the Dark […]

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After Death Stranding, Hideo Kojima wants to make a game in the cloud

Death Stranding director Hideo Kojima wants to get more experimental with his studio’s next game, he explained in an interview with BBC’s Newsbeat. That’s why he is looking at cloud-streaming technology similar to Google Stadia and Project xCloud. He also wants Kojima Productions to make movies. The long-time game producer has always had a soft […]

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Google Stadia’s first game-dev studio opens in Montreal

Google is launching its cloud-gaming service Stadia on November 19. The company is positioning this as the first giant leap into a console-less future. But one thing that will help Stadia succeed is marquee, exclusive content. So hopefully Google is starting to make some of its own games. Well, today, the company revealed that it […]

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Google’s Stadia Controller is like a chef’s knife

Google Stadia is launching November 19. If you buy the Stadia Founder’s Edition for $129, you can start streaming games from Google’s cloud directly to your TV. In that Founder’s Edition, you get a Chromecast Ultra and the Stadia Controller. And during its Made By Google event today, the company shared more details about how […]

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Ubisoft debuts Uplay+ game subscription service for Windows

Ubisoft announced that its Uplay+ video game subscription service is now available for Windows PCs for $15 a month. The service has a free trial lasting from September 3 to September 30, giving players unlimited access to download more than 100 games, including new releases, the latest games, back catalog, premium editions, and additional content […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google Stadia

Google livestreamed a Nintendo Direct Stadia Connect event today to show off some of the cloud-streaming service’s upcoming games. The company is promising to have a library of releases comparable to other major platforms, and you can’t do that without the biggest and most anticipated games. And that is why the company opened up with […]

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Robot Entertainment bounces back with Orcs Must Die! 3 and Ready Set Heroes

Robot Entertainment showed off a new version of its Orcs Must Die! 3 that will run on Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service as well as other platforms. Orcs Must Die! 3 will debut on Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service, and developer Robot Entertainment said the single-player game will perform well on the cloud, even with […]

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now service launches on Android by the end of 2019

While Google and Microsoft have attracted a lot of headlines about their cloud-gaming plans, Nvidia has continued to run its GeForce Now beta on Shield TV. The company is revealing how it is pushing this technology forward with RTX visuals and GeForce Now on Android. During a presentation at the Gamescom fan event in Germany […]

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Why video games are shooting down the Hollywood model

Not that long ago, big video games used to get sold like big movies: a flashy trailer, lots of messageboard hype, some fan conference sneak previews, and then a big make-or-break release date. Those early sales numbers determined whether something was a big hit like Grand Theft Auto V, or a big flop like Transformers: […]

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Game subscription services will force developers to make difficult decisions

Apple Arcade and Google Stadia are enticing options for developers. Once a game is accepted, they’re off the hook for all those expensive UA campaigns and guaranteed some kind of a fee or revenue source. In other words, they can spend their time doing what they love to do best: create games. But participation in […]

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More Than 4,000 Developers Have Shown Interest In Google Stadia

Google’s Stadia game streaming service appears to have caught the attention of quite a few developers. According to Technical Account Manager Sam Corcoran, more than 4,000 developers have shown interest in supporting Google Stadia through the Stadia partners program. Advertising “We’ve had more than 4,000 companies apply for access to Stadia and every single one […]

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Gaming’s Climate Dread in a 4K Streaming Ecosystem

In 2003, the landscape of New South Wales, Australia, was turning inside-out. Persistent droughts were sucking the earth dry while open cut mining left scars in the ground tens of meters deep. Reflecting on the destabilizing events, the philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term solastalgia, describing it as a “form of mental or existential distress […]

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Destiny 2 Players On Stadia Will Only Match With Other Stadia Players

Bungie recently confirmed that Destiny 2 will be available from Google Stadia, the company’s online game streaming service which will enable users to stream console-quality games on smartphones and even Chromebooks. All that’s required is a decent internet connection and a subscription to Stadia. Bungie has now revealed that Destiny 2 players on Stadia will […]

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