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Chromebook gaming gets a bigger push with Google Play premium section

Chromebook gaming gets a bigger push with Google Play premium section

Chromebooks started out as affordable low-powered cloud-centric laptops designed more for basic school and office work. These days, however, they've pretty much become powerhouses, especially considering the number of operating systems and apps they can support. Despite all that, Chromebooks aren't exactly seen as fit for gaming, an image that Google wants to change with a new premium gaming section on Google Play Store that highlights the best Android games for Chromebooks.

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New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

In recent weeks and months, Apple has been catching some heat for its App Store rules, particularly as they apply to gaming apps. Not only has Apple come under fire from Epic for the fact that it takes a 30% cut from each in-app purchase, but the company has also drawn criticism from Facebook and Microsoft, as its App Store policies have made it impossible to get their game streaming apps - Facebook Gaming and Project xCloud, respectively - on iOS devices. Today, Apple updated its App Store guidelines, and while the new rules cover a number of different apps, there are a few specifically for game streaming.

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Marvel’s Avengers lands on Xbox One, Stadia sans Spidey

Marvel’s Avengers lands on Xbox One, Stadia sans Spidey

It's an eerie world we live in, almost like something straight out of a comic book plot. The world today is almost completely different world last year when Marvel's properties were at their peak. That is the world that Marvel's Avengers, the first major standalone game to launch independent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is launching in and its success or downfall will also probably be like a comic book tale.

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Hitman 3 will be an Epic Store exclusive, but it isn’t all bad news

Hitman 3 will be an Epic Store exclusive, but it isn’t all bad news

The original HITMAN game will be free to keep for all users of the Epic Games Store as of August 27th. That's just so long as you claim the game (with the tap of a button) before September 3, 2020. Hitman 3 will also be released very soon... as an Epic Games Store exclusive. That means it won't be available to purchase or download anywhere else*, for the foreseeable future.

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Some Chromebook owners now get three months of Stadia Pro for free

Some Chromebook owners now get three months of Stadia Pro for free

Google has just introduced another perk for Chromebook owners, this one involving its Stadia cloud gaming service. This new perk differs from the existing Stadia offering made available to Chromebook owners, the one offering a Premiere Edition discount to certain model owners. This time around, Google is giving Chromebook owners free access to Stadia Pro for three months -- but only some Chromebook purchases are eligible.

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Fortnite on Stadia is not yet worth the effort says Epic Games CEO

Fortnite on Stadia is not yet worth the effort says Epic Games CEO

Epic Games, or at least its outspoken CEO Tim Sweeney, doesn't like Google that much. To be more specific, he has chided the tech giant's handling of Android's Google Play Store, particularly the revenue sharing, though he has recently finally called Apple out as well. For the longest time, one of the company's biggest titles was absent from Google Play Store though Fortnite finally did land there last April. The game is still noticeably missing from Google's other gaming platform and Sweeney's reason subtly disparages the game streaming platform's relevance.

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Google Stadia’s latest experiment adds support for gaming on 5G

Google Stadia’s latest experiment adds support for gaming on 5G

Google Stadia, the cloud-based game streaming service, requires a fast network to support the type of low-latency gameplay subscribers expect. This makes gaming over cellular networks questionable at best, but times are changing and mobile broadband speeds are quickly evolving. In its latest update, Google says that Stadia players can now stream their game over 4G and 5G networks, but only if they enable the experimental feature.

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Huawei 5G ban could affect Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud the most

Huawei 5G ban could affect Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud the most

For all the promises and hype generated by proponents last year, the rollout of 5G networks even in major markets has been too slow to truly take hold of consumers' consciousness. That already slow rollout, however, may have hit another hump with more and more countries pushing Huawei out of their 5G infrastructure and plans. These will inevitably delay 5G adoption even further but its overall impact on mobile and Internet use will be minimal, except for one still rising industry, game streaming services from Google, Microsoft, and NVIDIA.

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Google Stadia inks exclusive partnerships with these five big studios

Google Stadia inks exclusive partnerships with these five big studios

Google just wrapped up another Stadia Connect, and while the show mostly covered games that are coming to the service, Google also made some fairly big announcements. The first involves Click to Play, a feature that's been teased since before the service even launched. In addition, Google announced that it has signed exclusive agreements with several big studios.

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Far Cry 6 launch date announced, coming to Stadia too

Far Cry 6 launch date announced, coming to Stadia too

With people having more time indoors on their hands, many have resorted to dusting off their gaming collection or even expanding it with new purchases. Recent events have been a boon to the gaming industry but they have also put some companies and individuals under a microscope. It is against that backdrop that Ubisoft is announcing its latest flagship title's launch date, whose theme and context could spark some debate among gamers and Far Cry fans.

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Google Stadia Controller wireless Android update and July’s free games

Google Stadia Controller wireless Android update and July’s free games

Today we're taking a peek at the latest update for Google Stadia, complete with a bump for the Stadia Controller. The official Stadia Controller previously required a USB connection to an Android device in order to play Stadia games on an Android device. Now, with this latest update, users can play Stadia games on Android devices with the Google Stadia Controller wirelessly - just so long as they're both on the same Wi-fi network.

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DOOM Eternal players finally get a new Battle Mode multiplayer map

DOOM Eternal players finally get a new Battle Mode multiplayer map

The next major DOOM Eternal update has rolled out and with it, players are finally getting a new Battle Mode map. Update 2 is massive, including quality of life improvements for Battle Mode, as well as the addition of more frequent Empowered Demons, important bug fixes, and much more. The company has also detailed some upcoming game events, including the Castle Grayscale mini-event.

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