Google Announces "Stadia" Game Platform With Cloud Streaming

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Google has often given talks at the Game Developers Conference, but this year it sent out invites making it clear it had bigger plans in mind. At its special presentation today, the company outlined its plans for a video game streaming service called Stadia, offering games on demand.

The platform aims to bring together playing, spectating, and developing games onto a single platform. As an example, you could view Assassin's Creed Odyssey on YouTube and then begin playing it through streaming in "as little as five seconds."

Google first hinted at an interest in game streaming last year, when it partnered with Ubisoft for Project Stream. The service allowed testers to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey to completion through its Chrome browser. Since then the rumors of "Project Yeti" only intensified, and then the company conspicuously hired former Ubisoft and EA studio head Jade Raymond.

Google Announces "Stadia" Cloud Gaming Platform

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Google Announces

Google has often given talks at the Game Developers Conference, but this year it sent out invites making it clear it had bigger plans in mind. At its special presentation today, the company outlined its plans for a video game streaming service called Stadia, offering games on demand.

The platform aims to bring together playing, spectating, and developing games onto a single platform. As an example, you could view Assassin's Creed Odyssey on YouTube and then begin playing it through streaming in "as little as five seconds."

Google VP Phil Harrison promised the technology will work across desktops, laptops, TV, tablets, and phones. In a demonstration, the same demo was seen working across a Chromebook, smartphone, tablet, and TV, through a Chromecast Ultra HDMI streamer. At launch it will stream in 4K at 60 FPS with surround sound, and in the future Google is planning to support 8K resolution. Harrison also promised that it will embrace cross-platform play.

Google Announces "Stadia" Cloud Gaming Platform And Announces First-Party Studio

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Google Announces

Google has often given talks at the Game Developers Conference, but this year it sent out invites making it clear it had bigger plans in mind. At its special presentation today, the company outlined its plans for a video game streaming service called Stadia, offering games on demand. Stadia is planned for launch this year.

The platform aims to bring together playing, spectating, and developing games onto a single platform. As an example, you could view Assassin's Creed Odyssey on YouTube and then begin playing it through streaming in "as little as five seconds."

Google VP Phil Harrison promised the technology will work across desktops, laptops, TV, tablets, and phones. In a demonstration, the same demo was seen working across a Chromebook, smartphone, tablet, and TV, through a Chromecast Ultra HDMI streamer. At launch it will stream in 4K at 60 FPS with surround sound, and in the future Google is planning to support 8K resolution. Harrison also promised that it will embrace cross-platform play.

Google Stadia: Cloud Gaming Platform And First-Party Studio Announced

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Google Stadia: Cloud Gaming Platform And First-Party Studio Announced

Google has formally announced its plans for a video game streaming platform called Stadia, offering games on demand streamed through the cloud. Stadia is planned for launch this year.

The platform aims to bring together playing, spectating, and developing games onto a single platform. As an example, you could view Assassin's Creed Odyssey on YouTube and then begin playing it through streaming in "as little as five seconds."

Google VP Phil Harrison promised the technology will work across desktops, laptops, TV, tablets, and phones. In a demonstration, the same demo was seen working across a Chromebook, smartphone, tablet, and TV, the latter through a Chromecast Ultra HDMI streamer. At launch it will stream in 4K at 60 FPS with surround sound and HDR support, and in the future Google is planning to support 8K resolution and frame-rates upwards of 120 FPS. Harrison also promised that the platform will embrace cross-platform play.

Spotify UK Is Giving Away A Free Google Home Mini

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Spotify UK Is Giving Away A Free Google Home Mini

You know what's good? A nice freebie. Luckily, you can get a pretty cool freebie today if you're a Spotify Premium for Family subscriber in the UK.

If you are, you can claim a free Google Home Mini. The offer works for both new subscribers and existing ones, but only until stocks last, so be quick. Also note that standard Spotify Premium members do not qualify for the deal--you must be a Premium for Family subscriber, which is an extra £5 per month and allows you to add up to five family members onto your plan. Claim your device here.

Spotify ran this promotion in the US last year, but has now decided to bring it to the UK. Google Home Mini launched in 2018 as Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Dot. They typically sell for £49 at retail, so getting one at no extra cost with a monthly £15 Spotify Premium for Family subscription is not too shabby.

Get A Free Google Home Mini With Spotify UK

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Get A Free Google Home Mini With Spotify UK

You know what's good? A nice freebie. Luckily, you can get a pretty cool freebie today if you're a Spotify Premium for Family subscriber in the UK.

If you are, you can claim a free Google Home Mini. The offer works for both new subscribers and existing ones, but only until stocks last, so be quick. Also note that standard Spotify Premium members do not qualify for the deal--you must be a Premium for Family subscriber, which is an extra £5 per month and allows you to add up to five family members onto your plan. Claim your device here.

Spotify ran this promotion in the US last year, but has now decided to bring it to the UK. Google Home Mini launched in 2018 as Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Dot. They typically sell for £49 at retail, so getting one at no extra cost with a monthly £15 Spotify Premium for Family subscription is not too shabby.

New Toy Story 4 Trailer Arriving Very Soon

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A new trailer for Pixar's Toy Story 4 is almost here. The latest trailer will arrive tomorrow, March 19, during the morning show Good Morning America. The program airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney, which owns Pixar, so that explains that.

GMA will have a "first-look" at the new full-length trailer, so it might be that only a teaser for the trailer is shown on GMA with the full thing coming later. This sounds like a similar setup with the new Dark Phoenix trailer, with a teaser popping up and the full thing coming online just minutes later. Hopefully the same is true for Toy Story 4's new video.

TOMORROW: A @GMA FIRST LOOK at the all-new full-length trailer for ... @ToyStory 4 from @DisneyPixar! https://t.co/hOA4cZh95s#ToyStory4 pic.twitter.com/fjjBQzDsgE

New Toy Story 4 Trailer Arriving Very Soon [Update: It's Here]

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Update: Toy Story 4's new trailer has arrived, giving us a first proper look at the fourth film in the franchise. Check it out above. Original story follows.

A new trailer for Pixar's Toy Story 4 is almost here. The latest trailer will arrive tomorrow, March 19, during the morning show Good Morning America. The program airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney, which owns Pixar, so that explains that.

GMA will have a "first-look" at the new full-length trailer, so it might be that only a teaser for the trailer is shown on GMA with the full thing coming later. This sounds like a similar setup with the new Dark Phoenix trailer, with a teaser popping up and the full thing coming online just minutes later. Hopefully the same is true for Toy Story 4's new video.