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Google unveils new tool designed to boost frame rates for Android games

Mobile gaming has become a big deal in recent years, thanks to an increase in both smartphone performance and user base. While developers only have to deal with a very limited amount of hardware targets when it comes to iOS, publishing games for Android requires optimizing for a wide range of devices with varying levels of power. Now a new library in the Android Game SDK will help developers improve the performance of their games on Android phones in a much more streamlined fashion.

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Google Stadia now works with (basically) any Android phone

The Stadia Team has just published a community blog post that details a plethora of new features that are already available on the platform or are rolling out shortly. Today's most significant addition is the support for all Android phones, including a handful of OnePlus devices that were named specifically. On top of this, Google has released support for touch controls in all games as well as compatibility for per-device resolution options. Best of all, Stadia is currently offering $10 off your next game purchase if you're a Pro member.

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12 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. The middle of the week tends to be slow when it comes to sales, and today proves that with a total of 34 app and game sales. Luckily I still have a few noteworthy games to share, so if you're looking for a fantastic adventure game with set in a grim dystopian future, Beholder is an easy choice. Next up is Distraint: Deluxe Edition, an eery psychological horror adventure game. And last but not least is able Top Racing: World Tour, a quality kart racer that comes from a few of the developers behind the Wipeout series.

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion brings pre-orders to Stadia

If you've been following Stadia closely, you're probably aware that the game streaming service lacks many of the typical features you'd find on competing stores, such as a search function, or worthwhile categorization. Another missing element was the lack of any way to pre-order upcoming games, but thanks to the recent listings for the next Destiny 2 expansion Beyond Light, people can finally pay in advance for a product that doesn't exist yet.

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20 great co-op games for Android in 2020

Android games with proper co-op modes aren't especially easy to find, and even harder to search for on a place like Google's Play Store. That's why we've compiled a list of 20 of our favorite co-op titles for Android smartphones and tablets here. These games offer simple ways to play with friends and family instead of relying on randomized online partners, making for a more personal and connected gaming experience.

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Google aims to replace OBB files with Play Asset Delivery for faster, more dynamic gaming experiences

Games can be big and cellular connections can be slow. Rather than have users download the complete package upfront, Google has long supported a system for installing a base APK initially and then using APK Expansion Files to download the rest of the content at launch. That came with its own downsides, though. Now, Google has rolled out a new system dubbed Play Asset Delivery, first announced earlier this year, that promises to make the entire experience much more seamless for both users and developers.

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Razer Kishi review: This is probably the best way to play games on your phone — if you can afford it

As phones get more powerful, mobile games get more complex: Snake and Brick Breaker have given way to fully-featured PC and console ports, to say nothing of cloud gaming. A lot of these games require a controller to fully enjoy, but mobile gamepads are generally clunky things. Enter Razer's newest controller: the Kishi attaches to phones of many different sizes to turn them into sleek portable consoles. It's really cool — but it's also really expensive, and it doesn't fit some of the most premium devices available today.

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42 temporarily free and 61 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. The start of the week tends to be a busy period for sales, and today I have more than a few quality standouts to share with everyone. If you're looking for an old-school CPRG, then you can grab Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for half off. If you're looking for a unique totalitarian bureaucratic simulator, you'll be glad to hear that Beholder 2 is also on sale for half off. Of course, if you're looking for something a little more lighthearted, then the action platformer Gunslugs 3 should be right up your alley. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier.

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15 new (and 1 WTF) Android games from the week of June 1, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the arrival of Dead Cells, a fantastic Metroidvania roguelike that's easily worth the asking price. I also have a unique tower defense game that sports a gritty theme, and a phenomenal space shooter from the devs behind the Bullet Hell Monday series. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of June 1st, 2020.

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How to play DOS games on Android and Chromebooks

We've already written about some of the best video game emulators for Android, but DOS emulation is a bit more complicated than copying ROMs and pressing play. Taking your favorite old PC games on the go can involve anything from setting up virtual drives to running command-line programs.

That's why we've decided to create this tutorial, which guides you through picking an emulator and how to install your favorite games on both Android devices and Chromebooks. We'll also give you some tips for how to get the best experience.

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