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Google finally announce release date for Stadia

The search wizards at Google have finally decreed the launch date for their new cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia. Arriving next month on November 19th, Stadia will begin its cloud gaming service at 9am PST, 5pm BST and 6pm CET. Or at least it will if you ordered one of Google's Stadia Founder's Edition bundles, as the regular 'Base' edition of Stadia (the one that…

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Feature: Every Stadia game coming at launch and beyond

Every Google Stadia game announced so far

Google held another one of their Stadia Connect conferences today, and this one was meant to be all about what games you'll be playing in the "scary" cloud come November. Sure enough, there were new Stadia games aplenty announced this evening, with the biggest addition being Cyberpunk 2077. To help keep track of them all, here's a list of every Google Stadia game confirmed so…

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“Moving to the cloud is scary”, Google Stadia director says deflecting shutdown concerns

Given that Google have a long history of shutting down their own products, platforms, and sites (I mourn Google Reader to this day), it's mighty hard for me to trust their upcoming cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia. I've been sceptical of cloud gaming, not just because I already have a gaming PC, and the idea of paying Google in particular for a game that's only…

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Ubisoft announce PC and Stadia subscription service Uplay+

Yesterday, Google's Phil Harrison teased that publisher subscriptions were coming to Stadia "in relatively short order", and he really wasn't kidding. Tonight, Ubisoft announced Uplay+, a $15 / 15€ per month subscription service that's coming to both PC this September and Stadia in 2020 - although if you sign up before August 15, you can try it for free for its first month.

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Bethesda open the streaming floodgates with new Orion tech

In between your Deathloops and your Doom Eternal announcements this morning, Bethesda announced something called Orion. It wasn't a game, but rather a sexily-named "group of patented technologies" designed to make game streaming a heck of a lot faster, cheaper and easier for both developers and players alike. It's not their answer to Google Stadia. Far from it. Instead, it's an underlying bit of tech…

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Google Stadia’s getting publisher subscriptions on top of Stadia Pro

Google may have already done their big Stadia games and price reveal earlier this week, but Stadia top man Phil Harrison has just let slip another interesting nugget of info regarding Stadia's subscription structure. Speaking to Geoff Keighley during YouTube's E3 Live show this evening, Harrison said we'll also be seeing publisher-specific subscriptions making their way to the service in addition to their already-announced Stadia…

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Feature: The short answer is 'No' and 'Probably not you'

Do you really need Google’s Stadia Founder’s Edition? Who is it for? All your Stadia questions answered

Change is scary, I know, but now that the dust has started to settle on yesterday's big Google Stadia price and games reveal, I thought I'd take a bit of time to reflect, consolidate and put everything we currently know about Stadia into one, handy guide, answering all your biggest Stadia questions with the best information that's available to me. Here, I'll tell you exactly…

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Google confirms games and price for Stadia

(Now updated with extra pricing clarification) There were a lot of things left unsaid during Google's Stadia announcement three months ago, but finally the search giant has given us some answers in today's Stadia Connect conference, confirming how much Stadia's going to cost, when we can get our hands on it and exactly what games we're going to be playing on it. So, err... Baldur's…

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Google will reveal Stadia’s price and games line-up this Thursday

Eager to get ahead of the E3 news rush, Google announced last night that they'll be unveiling the price and games line-up for their upcoming Stadia cloud gaming service this Thursday on June 6 in a Nintendo Direct-like broadcast. Dubbed Stadia Connect, the livestream is due to take place at 9am PDT (that's 5pm in the UK), and promises to finally give us some details…

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Google Stadia promises instant cloud gaming from your Chrome browser

Google have finally lifted the lid on their cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia. Promising instant access to massive games including Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Doom Eternal simply by clicking a link in your Chrome browser, Google Stadia aims to make download times and hardware upgrades (and apparently my job) a thing of the past when it launches later this year. Here's everything we know so…

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Feature: Ain't afraid of no ghosts

Shadow Ghost review: A GTX 1080-powered cloud PC

It's been a while since I last looked at Blade's Shadow cloud PC service. Over a year, in fact. Since then, Blade have grown quite a bit, expanding their remit to the US and five other European countries after initially starting out in France, and today marks the release of their brand-new cloud box for sticking under your TV or monitor, the Shadow Ghost (which…

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Unity say Improbable games don’t need to shut down after all, as Epic offer devs cash to go Unreal

Games built in Unity using Improbable's SpatialOS cloud server platform will not need to shut down, Unity's makers have stated. Improbable claimed yesterday that a recent change in the popular game creation software's rules would bar developers from using their cloud multiplayer services. This caused a big panic yesterday for developers who yesterday suddenly thought they might need to kill their games. Unity say it's…

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Feature: Stepping out of the shadows

Blade’s tiny Shadow box could be your next gaming PC

Earlier this week, Nvidia's GeForce Now PC beta left me pleasantly surprised. This was cloud gaming done right, I thought. I can play my own games on my own ancient hardware at the highest possible graphics settings and give a cheeky middle finger to all those soaring GPU prices in one fell swoop. It's almost like the PC-equivalent of the Nintendo Switch, as I can…

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Feature: The GeForce is strong in this one

Nvidia’s GeForce Now PC beta is much better at cloud gaming than you think

Cloud gaming has become a bit of a dirty word these days. There have been plenty of people who have tried their hand at it over the years, promising high-end, lag-free gaming without the need for all that bulky, costly hardware, but most (*cough*Gaikai*cough*OnLive*cough*) have ended up on that age-old trash heap of crushed dreams and broken promises, their meagre uptake prompting them to disappear…

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Future Imperfect: Valve Still Not Sold On Cloud Gaming

One day, children will gaze up at the sky and fully believe its cottony bounties were named after hyper-sophisticated streaming data networks. I plan on being dead by then, so that's good. But, at least in the short term, Gabe Newell's not so sure. Yes, there are some fairly functional examples already up and running, but Newell believes they're far from optimal. Here's the real…

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Flailing OnLive Sold For Only $4.8m

Oh crikey. You may remember in August that online game streaming service, OnLive, was in a spot of bother. Stories of impending bankruptcy came on the heels of a company that had previously been valued at an extraordinary $1.8bn. The next day news came that despite lay-offs, a buyer had been found, and "substantial investment" was being put into the company to keep it going.…

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Twist! – OnLive Bought, Gets ‘Substantial Funding’

Things were looking pretty grim for OnLive earlier, but now they're just looking... confusing. The service found itself looking at a seriously stormy forecast (with a strong chance of bankruptcy - something not generally followed by a rainbow - figurative or otherwise), with reports of lay-offs flying out of the woodwork at an alarming rate. OnLive, meanwhile, coped by adamantly refusing to comment - only…

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Feature: Whither, weather?

Nvidia On Cloud As The Future Of PC Gaming

Clouds are fluffy. They can take the shape of just about anything, too: bunnies, cars, lion kings - you name it. Oh, and they block the sun, which has been known to beam horrific, disfiguring burns down from the sky. Yet, in spite of those rather admirable qualities, we hardly ever notice them unless they're about to open fire (read: water) on our outdoor fun…

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