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Xbox preview brings big updates to Twitch streaming and cloud gaming

Xbox preview brings big updates to Twitch streaming and cloud gaming

Microsoft has launched a new Xbox Preview, and it's a big one. For starters, the new preview going live today adds Twitch integration to the Xbox dashboard. While users have always been able to stream using the Twitch Xbox app, it's been a while since they were last able to start up a Twitch stream through the dashboard itself. The preview also brings cloud streaming functionality to Xbox One, giving Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers the chance to play Xbox Series X/S games without upgrading their hardware.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW can now stream Steam games to Xbox consoles

NVIDIA GeForce NOW can now stream Steam games to Xbox consoles

There are quite a few game streaming services now available, and they all compete on two main fronts. They try to outdo each other in the number of games they can stream and the number of devices they can stream to. NVIDIA's GeForce NOW had the advantage of being in beta even before the likes of Google Stadia got started and has been able to expand to more devices than any of its rivals have so far. Its latest trick is to support Microsoft Edge, which, coincidentally, opens the doors to its unofficial arrival on the Xbox.

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Disney+ Star Wars Ahsoka series will include Hayden Christensen as Anakin

Disney+ Star Wars Ahsoka series will include Hayden Christensen as Anakin

Star Wars fans are eagerly anticipating the premiere of another spinoff series set in the science fiction universe, one that will revolve around the character Ahsoka. The series by the same name will star Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka, the Force-sensitive and Jedi-trained warrior featured in multiple Star Wars shows. Though the series isn't available yet, another key detail has been revealed.

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Have you used Google Stadia with someone else’s label?

Have you used Google Stadia with someone else’s label?

Google Stadia just appeared with a window into the future of the game streaming universe courtesy of AT&T, of all companies. It was with AT&T's "Experience Batman: Arkham Knight" promotion that we first saw how Google Stadia tech could be used as a white label service. It is with this use of the service that we see how Google will likely proceed into the future as the holder of the keys: by being the bones, not the skin.

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GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership sounds impressive but costly

GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership sounds impressive but costly

RTX 3080 graphics cards are still tough to find, and if you've had no luck finding one for your own rig, then you might want to turn to GeForce NOW streaming. Today, NVIDIA announced a new RTX 3080 membership tier for GeForce NOW, which will be its highest-performance streaming tier. NVIDIA is making a lot of big boasts about the RTX 3080 membership tier, but that enhanced performance comes at a fairly significant cost.

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YouTube Music makes video playback a Premium perk

YouTube Music makes video playback a Premium perk

YouTube is a name that's mostly associated with on-demand Internet videos, but it has also become Google's umbrella brand for its multimedia streaming service. The transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music wasn't exactly the smoothest, and some features that may have been considered a staple of free tiers were walled behind subscriptions. That, however, is changing for users in Canada next month, but those free YouTube Music users will have to give up watching music videos there in exchange.

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Amazon Fire TV adds free local news for 158 cities across the US

Amazon Fire TV adds free local news for 158 cities across the US

Amazon has greatly expanded the number of cities that have access to its free local news portal, bringing the number to 259 cities across the US. The Fire TV news portal makes it easy for anyone, particularly cord-cutters, to get local news broadcasts, providing regional weather information and other data relevant to their cities.

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Netflix says Korean show Squid Game was an astronomical success

Netflix says Korean show Squid Game was an astronomical success

Netflix released its third-quarter earnings report today, and as you'd imagine, the company had some things to say about its surprise hit Squid Game. The Korean drama about contestants who compete in deadly games at a shot for cash raked in well over 100 million household views in less than a month on the streaming service.

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Amazon Music spatial audio support expands to all headphones

Amazon Music spatial audio support expands to all headphones

Amazon has announced that its Music Unlimited streaming plan now offers spatial audio support for any pair of headphones, not just special equipment. This enables subscribers to enjoy their favorite music in a more immersive way using the earbuds or headphones they already own in combination with their Android phone or iPhone.

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Razer Seiren V2 Pro and V2 X ramp up simple audio capture

Razer Seiren V2 Pro and V2 X ramp up simple audio capture

We've nearly reached the gaming company Razer's yearly convention (in modern times: streaming event with lots of products), and a pair of devices have been revealed early. Razer itself revealed the Razer Seiren V2 Pro and the Razer Seiren V2 X, two streaming-friendly microphones made to deliver rich and clear audio for the masses.

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Stadia Controller and Android TV will soon play nicer with each other

Stadia Controller and Android TV will soon play nicer with each other

Stadia has always been an odd duck among Google's myriad products. While it does have ties to the company's expertise in cloud computing and ML-based optimizations to network communications, it was Google's first major foray into the mainstream gaming industry. It also opted to use its Chromecast platform as the launching pad rather than its more mobile Android or even Chrome OS. Android TV support was also almost like an afterthought, but Google seems to be making up for lost time with a stream of new features, including better Stadia Controller support on Android TV.

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Y: The Last Man series has already been canceled by FX on Hulu

Y: The Last Man series has already been canceled by FX on Hulu

FX, the network behind hit shows like American Horror Story, has already canceled its new series Y: The Last Man. The show is based on a DC Comics series from Pia Guerra and Brian K. Vaughan about a post-apocalyptic world in which all men, except for one, have died. It's unclear at this time whether the series will find a new home.

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