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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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Epic adds official Fortnite Creative submission page for creators

Epic adds official Fortnite Creative submission page for creators

Epic has introduced a new and improved way to submit Fortnite Creative content. Starting today, players can use an official submission page to deliver their maps for Epic's evaluation. This page replaces the hashtags that were previously used on social media to get Epic's attention, helping players get a chance at having their content featured as an island or on The Block.

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Castle Crashers Remastered hits Switch and PS4 this year

Castle Crashers Remastered hits Switch and PS4 this year

It's hard to believe that it's been more than 10 years since Castle Crashers first found its way to Xbox 360. In the time since then, it's found a lot of fans on a variety of different platforms, and developer The Behemoth announced today that it isn't quite done porting the game to new consoles yet. Castle Crashers Remastered, which launched for Xbox One and PC back in 2015, is heading to Switch and PS4, and it'll arrive later this year.

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Apex Legends season 1 patch notes detail Octane, Legend hitbox changes

Apex Legends season 1 patch notes detail Octane, Legend hitbox changes

Season 1 has officially arrived in Apex Legends, and alongside it is a rather hefty patch. Not only does this patch add the season 1 Battle Pass to the game, but it also adds the new Octane Legend. Though a new playable Legend is always going to be one of the biggest parts - if not the biggest part - of an Apex Legends patch, there's plenty more to dig into.

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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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Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

GDC 2019 kicks off today, and one of the big announcements from the first day involves Angry Birds, which will soon be making the jump to augmented reality. Today, Rovio and Resolution Games announced Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, which is something of a follow up to the virtual reality game of the same name. While Angry Birds is a franchise that's seen a ton of releases over the years, augmented reality could give us a fresh spin on its age-old gameplay.

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Nintendo gaming phone rumor seems far-fetched – but then so did Switch

Nintendo gaming phone rumor seems far-fetched – but then so did Switch

By now, Nintendo's mobile ambitions are pretty clear. For the past few years, Nintendo has been bringing a number of its franchises to mobile devices, and it's been experimenting with monetization strategies along the way. Those mobile releases don't seem to be slowing down either, with new mobile games based on Mario Kart and Dr. Mario currently in the works.

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Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Before Bitcoin was making headlines, the most revolutionary thing to happen in our modern world was crowdfunding. It made dreams possible but also robbed some not only of their aspirations but also of their money. Some crowdfunded projects, however, do seem to carry on and on and on, almost forever. One of those might be Atari's VCS gaming console which is being delayed to by a few months to provide what Atari promises to be a significant upgrade to the PC gaming console.

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Call of Duty: Mobile for iOS and Android revealed: beta starts soon

Call of Duty: Mobile for iOS and Android revealed: beta starts soon

Activision is preparing to launch a new mobile version of its hit game franchise Call of Duty. The new game, which is now available for 'pre-registration,' offers gamers iconic maps from various popular COD installments, as well as familiar weapons and gameplay. Players get access to Team Deathmatch, Free-for-All, Search and Destroy, and more on both iOS and Android.

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