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Google Stadia is only good news for Project xCloud, Microsoft insists

Google Stadia is only good news for Project xCloud, Microsoft insists

Yesterday, Google made a pretty big splash by announcing an extensive cloud gaming initiative known as Google Stadia. It was an announcement we knew was coming thanks to last year's test of Project Stream, but the service that Google announced yesterday certainly seems to take things one step further by integrating YouTube and Google Assistant in clever ways. Microsoft, of course, has been working on a game streaming platform of its own for a number of years, and Xbox chief Phil Spencer seems to welcome having Google as a competitor in the space.

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Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

With Google Stadia, cloud gaming is about to get a lot more interactive - especially on the streaming front. Users will be able to stream gameplay in the Stadia platform (in a web browser), and can use Crowd Play and State Share to invite viewers in to play, too. With Crowd Play, it's about joining in live, with State Share, it's about a challenge. All of this was announced with the promise that Stadia would work on desktop and mobile platforms alike.

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Google Stadia’s secret sauce: No cheating, no hacking

Google Stadia’s secret sauce: No cheating, no hacking

Google Stadia is a streaming game platform that works cross-platform by hosting games on Google's servers and streaming to devices of many sorts. Users will be able to play with ease and without needing to worry about toxic players, cheaters, and/or hackers. Using new technology that takes advantage of machine learning, Google will monitor gamers and make certain they're not cheating or acting like a total jerk.

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Google Stadia gets its very own WiFi-connected controller

Google Stadia gets its very own WiFi-connected controller

Now that Google Stadia is out in the open, the question of control comes to mind. When you're playing on a PC, controlling games through Stadia should be pretty straightforward, as you'll simply use your computer's mouse and keyboard. What about when you want to play on a tablet, phone, or TV? For that, Google has created a controller specifically for Stadia.

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Google Stadia explained: Cloud as console

Google Stadia explained: Cloud as console

The Google Stadia announcement showed a unique sort of gaming platform where gamers, developers, and streamers (and streaming viewers) are combined. Their wants and needs are all in the mix, and YouTube is also onboard. This is streaming high fidelity AAA games to any Chrome web browser instance, even with low latency. This is the continuation of Project Stream, and the first in a large Google gaming initiative.

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Spotify takes another shot at “monopolist” Apple

Spotify takes another shot at “monopolist” Apple

Last week, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Apple. While the complaint is a multifaceted one, the long and short of it is that Spotify claims Apple has an unfair advantage when it comes to competing on the App Store. Since Apple gets the final say when it comes to what's published on the App Store, it can use that power to disadvantage competitors while giving its own apps (Apple Music in this instance) a leg up.

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Apple hits back at Spotify after antitrust complaint

Apple hits back at Spotify after antitrust complaint

The ongoing disagreement between Apple and Spotify seemed to come to a head earlier this week, when Spotify filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. In that complaint, Spotify argued that Apple Music has an unfair competitive advantage against it since Apple controls the iOS App Store. There are a few reasons why Spotify thinks that, but chief among them is the fact that Apple keeps 30% of the revenue from all app fees, including monthly subscriptions fulfilled through the App Store's in-app purchase system - a revenue split Apple's own apps obviously aren't subjected to.

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Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. Today, Valve announced Steam Link Anywhere, which allows users to play their Steam games from anywhere with a decent connection using the Steam Link app or physical Steam Link hardware. Essentially, it takes the Steam Link concept and expands the scale significantly.

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Google gaming event at GDC: 5 product possibilities

Google gaming event at GDC: 5 product possibilities

At GDC 2019 Google will reveal something new, something they're describing now as "the future of gaming." The announcements will begin on March 19th, 2019, at 10AM PDT. You'll be able to watch the announcements here on SlashGear live via this article in the YouTube live video embed below. We might see a brand new streaming gaming service from Google, or we could get a brand new device, or maybe a combination of the two!

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DirecTV price change confirmed by AT&T, live this week

DirecTV price change confirmed by AT&T, live this week

The folks at AT&T decided that yesterday's leaked DirecTV NOW prices and packages were, indeed, ready to go public today. In the mix are both the DirecTV NOW Plus and MAX packages, as revealed yesterday, both with different prices from those on the books up until yesterday. What's strange here is the relative lack of details with which the plans were, today, shown - almost as if this announcement was a reaction to yesterday's leak.

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DirecTV NOW $10 price increase incoming: Here’s why

DirecTV NOW $10 price increase incoming: Here’s why

A ten dollar price increase was tipped this afternoon for all DIRECTV NOW users. That'll apparently make the standard package DIRECTV NOW cost around $50 a month - and it'll be re-named DIRECTV NOW Plus. This smaller of two packages will have "40+ channels" and will replace the standard DIRECTV NOW package that currently costs $40 USD.

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Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Google is about to embark on one of its biggest web-based experiences since Chrome OS. Later this month, it is, along with Microsoft, expected to go into deeper details about Project Stream, its own brand of game streaming technology that it tested with Assassin's Creed Odyssey October last year. Now a new piece of the Stream dream falls into place thanks to a patent that shows how Google's own game controller could look like.

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