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Nvidia GeForce Now loses Activision Blizzard’s entire catalog (Update: More info)

Nvidia GeForce Now loses Activision Blizzard’s entire catalog (Update: More info)

One of the biggest fears around game streaming services is that without a physical copy of your game in-hand, what happens when a company decides to just stop making a title available one day? That's the situation now staring GeForce Now users in the face, as much to the woes of Nvidia, Activision Blizzard — the maker of the famous Call of Duty series — is pulling all its titles from the streaming service.

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Nvidia GeForce Now game streaming leaves beta, new paid plan offers priority access and ray-tracing graphics

Nvidia GeForce Now game streaming leaves beta, new paid plan offers priority access and ray-tracing graphics

Nvidia's game streaming service has been in perpetual closed beta for years, though it has been free for everyone since 2018. Google Stadia was the catalyst for a game streaming battle, with Sony and Microsoft both rushing to bring their services to the masses, and now Nvidia is ready to do the same with GeForce Now.

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Xbox Console Streaming lets you play any Xbox One game on your Android device (Update: Global expansion)

Xbox Console Streaming lets you play any Xbox One game on your Android device (Update: Global expansion)

If you're an Xbox Insider in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings in the US and UK, you can now start testing out Microsoft's Xbox Console Streaming service, which streams any Xbox One game to an Android device. The prerequisites for the service are a bit restrictive, but going through the steps will let you put in some Gear 5 gameplay during your work or school commute.

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Stadia will soon have 4K on the web, support for additional Android phones, 120 new games, and more

Stadia will soon have 4K on the web, support for additional Android phones, 120 new games, and more

Google launched Stadia late last year for those who bought the Founder's Edition bundle, and not much has changed since then. You still need to buy a spendy Pro bundle to unlock access to the game streaming service, and the feature set is limited. However, Google says it has big plans for Staia in Q1 2020. Many of the promised features will bulk up web support, but you'll also be able to play on more phones.

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Achievement unlocked: Stadia finally supports achievements on web and Chromecast

Achievement unlocked: Stadia finally supports achievements on web and Chromecast

When Google rolled out Stadia Pro in November, it quickly became obvious that the service was still partly a glorified beta. Many features that were promised to be ready at launch only slowly trickled into the platform, like Google Assistant support, Stream Connect, Buddy Pass, and family sharing. Now, Google has announced that achievements are also finally available on Stadia.

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Firmware update enables Stadia on some existing Chromecast Ultras (Update: Official)

Firmware update enables Stadia on some existing Chromecast Ultras (Update: Official)

Stadia was largely touted as a cloud gaming service that’s supposed to work across screens, but with a big asterisk. For streaming games on a TV, you need a Chromecast Ultra unit shipped inside the Founder’s or Premiere Edition packages, at least initially, while the existing Ultras were required to wait for an update. It appears that some Redditors got a new firmware that allows pairing Stadia controllers with those left-out dongles.

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Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link game streaming app is now available on Android and Windows (Update: Galaxy Fold, S9, Note9, A90 supported)

Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link game streaming app is now available on Android and Windows (Update: Galaxy Fold, S9, Note9, A90 supported)

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note10, it also introduced a new game streaming platform called PlayGalaxy Link albeit with very little by way of concrete information. We learned soon after that it would be launching in September, and so it's come to pass. The Playgalaxay.com site is now live and the Android app is available for download.

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Google Stadia review: This could be big (Update: Three weeks later)

Google Stadia review: This could be big (Update: Three weeks later)

Cloud gaming isn't a new idea. Companies like OnLive (RIP) have been trying to make it work for the better part of a decade. Google's effectively limitless resources and software wizardry make it an ideal fit to work the kinks out of such a complicated problem, and with Stadia, it seems it may have done just that. In my time with the platform, streaming performance has been wildly impressive — but lackluster day-one game selection and plenty of half-baked features make for a rocky start for the fledgling gaming platform.

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Google starts shipping Stadia Premiere Edition, shares new strategy for Stadia news (Updated)

Google starts shipping Stadia Premiere Edition, shares new strategy for Stadia news (Updated)

Stadia is having a rather bumpy start, but Google is trying to make up for the problems by improving communication with customers. When the company took to Reddit to announce that Stadia Premiere Edition boxes and codes have started shipping, it also shared that it wants to experiment with daily updates on new features and enhancements going forward.

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Stadia Buddy Pass is rolling out, giving a friend of yours 3 months of free Pro service

Stadia Buddy Pass is rolling out, giving a friend of yours 3 months of free Pro service

Google's Stadia release seems rushed, as many advertised features like family sharing, a UI for achievements, and the ability to use existing Chromecast Ultras for game streaming are still missing. At least the company is keeping one promise it had made to appease customers during the hectic launch: Buddy Passes are currently rolling out to people who purchased the Stadia Founder's Edition.

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