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Sony is gearing up to launch the PlayStation 5 game console in 2020. Ahead of the launch of the console, a bunch of rumors are flying around about the console and its controller. A new patent has turned up that describes a very odd sounding controller that speculation suggests could be for the PlayStation VR 2 system as well. The patent describes a controller that sounds as if it can control how much of the buttons stick out of the surface without impacting the functionality of the buttons. As with all patents, the wording is odd. The patent states, "Proposed is a controller which can suppress an amount of protrusion of an operation member from an external surface of a chassis while operability... Read more...
Google has been bragging about Stadia for months now, and as the launch nears, new details about the gaming service have surfaced. One fresh bit of information is likely to be disappointing to potential subscribers: Google has announced that at launch, the Stadia controller will only work wirelessly with the Chromecast Ultra. That means you can play with no wires when the Chromecast Ultra is hooked to your TV, but if you want to play on other devices, you will need to connect a cable to the Stadia controller to use it. The Stadia controller is the only first-party hardware that the service offers at this time, and it features Stadia-specific shortcut keys and integrated WiFi. Google has stated... Read more...
We already knew Google was planning to launch its Stadia cloud gaming service in November, and now we have an exact release date—mark your calendars for November 19. That is when the Stadia Founder's Edition packages will arrive on doorsteps, with servers set to open up to the public at 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST). Stadia is not a game console, but there is some hardware involved. The Founder's Edition package, which is still available to preorder for $129.99, contains a Chormecast Ultra streaming dongle, limited edition Night Blue controller, a pair of 3-month Stadia Pro subscriptions—one for yourself and one of the form of a "Buddy Pass" to hand out to a friend. Though Stadia is... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors for months that a PC port of the wildly popular game Red Dead Redemption 2 was on the way. Developer Rockstar has been mum on the release, even as more and more hints have leaked regarding its impending launch trickled out. Today, Rockstar confirmed that the game is coming to the Windows PC platform, and the launch date is right around the corner: November 5th. For gamers that want to jump ahead in line, you can go ahead and download the newly launched Rockstar Games Launcher and preorder the game starting on October 9th. As an added bonus, it was also announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be among the many titles available for Google's new Stadia... Read more...
The unsettling fact of the digital age is that we do not truly own any of our purchased content. Having access to movies, music, and games purchased in digital form rely on a number of factors, and there are plenty of examples where things have gone sideways. That said, Google is promising that users of its Stadia gaming service need not worry about developers and publishers pulling the plug. In an updated FAQ section pertaining to Stadia, Google states in no uncertain terms that any game you purchase will always be playable on the service. Here is the pertinent section... Question: What happens to a game I bought if the publisher stops supporting Stadia in the future? Can I still play the game?... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft pre-announced its next-generation Xbox gaming console, codenamed Project Scarlett. Like the PlayStation 5 that has been talked about for the past few months, Project Scarlett is powered by a beefy octa-core Ryzen 3000 processor, a Radeon Navi GPU and its comes standard with an incredibly fast SSD instead of an old-hat HDD. However, with high-flying game streaming services like Project xCloud and Google Stadia on the horizon, some are questioning the need for expensive, dedicated hardware to play their AAA games. After all, Stadia can seamlessly stream games to your home in 4K HDR at 60fps with 5.1 surround sound. And both xCloud... Read more...
As far as Google is concerned, "the future of gaming is not a box, it's a place," that place being the cloud. Google is of course talking about Stadia, its upcoming cloud gaming platform that it hopes will revolutionize the industry and, though Google has not come right out and said it plainly, render dedicated game consoles obsolete. There is a lot of distance to cover before Stadia gets to that point (if it ever does), and it will depend in large part on what games are available, how they are distributed (will users own or simply rent them?), and what the actual gameplay will be like. Google is planning to answer some of those questions during its Stadia Connect event ahead of E3 in a couple... Read more...
Well, we can't say that we saw this one coming. Two bitter rivals in the console gaming market have announced the formation of a new partnership that will see Sony and Microsoft collaborating on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions." Sony's Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft's Satya Nadella At the center of this new tie-up between the gaming powerhouses is Microsoft's Azure datacenter solution. Microsoft already uses Azure for the backend of its own streaming Xbox-relating gaming services, but Sony is looking to tap into Azure to power its own game streaming and content streaming services for the PlayStation platform. Microsoft's own xCloud gaming service will launch... Read more...
To succeed in business, as the saying goes, you need to do it first, do it cheaper, or do it better. Google's Stadia platform certainly is not the first game streaming platform to hit the market, with incumbents like NVIDIA with its GeForce Now service deployed for a while now. Pricing models are not yet disclosed either, though we would not expect Google to undercut the market per se. If Google is going to keep its head above water in this competitive but quickly expanding market, the company will need to bring platform improvements its competition cannot match. Sony's Playstation Now, Nvidia's GeForce Now, and several other platforms have been growing in game streaming space and justifying... Read more...
After a public beta test last year with Project Stream and weeks of teasers, Google today officially unveiled its new game streaming service: Stadia. Stadia is a culmination of years of development work and infrastructure buildup, and is Google’s attempt to bring high-quality AAA games to every display in your home or on-the-go with your smartphone/tablet.   You can seamlessly shift your current gaming experience from a TV to smartphone to a laptop or any other supported device. In fact, streaming can take place on Chromecast and Pixel devices along with the Chrome browser. Gamers will be able to purchase games straight from a YouTube or Twitch live stream (i.e.... Read more...