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You can now purchase Ubisoft games directly from the Amazon Luna cloud gaming service by using your Amazon account and linking it to your Ubisoft account. You can also play that game on the PC offline
A number of Xbox console users were unable to search for or purchase games in the Xbox Store and were unable to launch Cloud Gaming titles, for several hours. Microsoft has since fixed those issues.
Google has teamed up with NVIDIA to offer all Chromebook users the perk of free three-month trials for GeForce NOW Priority memberships. These let users cut long waiting times to play games and more.
The Microsoft PC Game Pass titles will include Grounded, Doom (2016) and Deathloop, along with third-party games like No Man's Sky. More games from Microsoft's subscription service will be added soon.
Microsoft believes this restructuring of its proposed plan to acquire Activision Blizzard will allow the UK Competition and Markets Authority to finally approve its plan to acquire the game publisher.
NVIDIA has announced several new titles that are now available on its cloud gaming platform. They include OCTOPATH TRAVELER 1 and 2, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and more.
In a new interview, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty claims that cloud gaming is still very small, adding "I'm not even sure you would call it a market yet, in fact." He did not offer specifics.
In a statement, Amazon said that Luna users were accessing the cloud gaming service on web browsers more than the dedicated Windows and Mac apps, so it has decided to remove them from service.
Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida says that right now, the "technical difficulties are high" for cloud gaming, even as the CMA rejected Microsoft's deal to buy Activision Blizzard over cloud gaming concerns.
Samsung has now expanded its Gaming Hub portfolio to nearly 3,000 videogames after a partnership with Antstream and Blacknut. The partnership also brings exclusive benefits to Samsung customers.
In the early 2010s, two companies, OnLive and Gaikai, tried to get PC gamers to abandon their discs and hard drives for streaming services. However, both were later bought by Sony.
Microsoft's Grounded, Pentiment, and Deathloop have been included in this week's update of new games for NVIDIA's GeForce Now streaming service, joining the previously added Gears of War 5.
As part of the 10-year deal Microsoft made with Nvidia, Xbox PC games are starting to rollout on the cloud streaming platform GeForce Now. Up first is The Coalition's Gears 5, with more coming soon.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has issued a response to the EU's approval of Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard, and it's clear the two groups have different cloud gaming views.
Xbox Game Pass subscribers are getting access to five more games in the first half of May, which include day-one access to Redfall, Ravenlock, Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2, and more titles.
Samsung and Xbox have launched dedicated gaming zones in London and New York City offering visitors a chance to play their favorite Xbox games on Samsung screens, via the "Samsung Gaming Hub".
The deal will allow the Japan-based cloud gaming service Ubitus to stream Microsoft's Xbox games, along with Activision Blizzard games if and when the merger with Microsoft is completed.
Microsoft has signed its third 10-year Call of Duty distribution deal with a partner, this time Boosteroid. It had previously signed similar agreements with Nintendo and Nvidia already.
The NVIDIA GeForce Now new game lineup for March include Monster Hunter Rise, Destiny 2: Lightfall, the System Shock remake, Disney Dreamlight Valley, and many more, plus extra games from February.
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During Microsoft's recent quarterly earnings call, the company revealed that its Xbox Cloud Gaming service now has over 20 million users, more than double compared to six months ago.
Netflix's VP of game development Mike Verdu has confirmed that the streaming service is looking to launch its own cloud gaming service. This comes weeks after Google shuttered its Stadia service.
Logitech and Tencent have teamed up with Microsoft and NVIDIA to develop a handheld device that will support cloud gaming services such as xCloud and GeForce Now, and play AAA titles.
Microsoft has released a new preview version of Xbox App for Windows. Xbox Insiders who download it should notice a bunch of issues—related to Cloud Gaming—that cause freezes, have been fixed.
Xbox Cloud Gaming usage jumped 1800% in the past year. Although the platform is deeply rooted in the dedicated gaming console, its future depends on expansion through smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
Samsung's latest Smart TV platform, Gaming Hub, enables players to discover and play games, and enjoy other entertainment options without the requirement of additional hardware or downloads.
Microsoft had a packed release schedule in the 2022 fiscal year, and it is planning a repeat for the next. At least five first-party, Xbox platform exclusive games are planned out for the next year.
Microsoft's game streaming service is now available in two more countries. Today, the company announced it is bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming (formerly xCloud) to users in Argentina and New Zealand.
Microsoft is bringing in a highly requested feature to its cloud gaming platform. Xbox players will soon be able to play their games on the cloud even if they are not on the Xbox Game Pass library.
The French government has issued an order banning anglicized terms like "streamer", "esports", and "cloud gaming" in the country in a bid to preserve language purity and make communication easier.
Fortnite is now playable for free on Xbox Cloud Gaming without the need of an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Any PC or mobile device running Android, iOS, or iPadOS can now jump in.
Google Stadia launched in 2019 to a lot of hype, but technical issues held the cloud game streaming service back. However, has the service improved since that time? Read on to find out.
At the 2022 Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that it was founding a new division focused on cloud-native games. It's being headed by Kim Swift of Portal and Left 4 Dead fame.
Amazon is offering 'AWS for Games', a group of services and products aimed at game developers who want scalable solutions and the ability to quickly integrate cloud-based solutions.
Valve's Steam Deck portable gaming console can now offer Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming through a beta version of the Edge web browser. The number of compatible games is low but could grow quickly.
Intel's latest investor note mentions "Project Endgame", a service that promises to offer the power of Arc GPUs for an "always-accessible, low-latency computing experience", which could mean gaming.
Nvidia's cloud gaming service is coming out of beta on its Smart TV app on select LG TVs. Users can choose from a catalog of free games or select from the Steam or Epic games catalog.
If you've been reading Neowin for the past few days, you know that it's been a busy week in the Microsoft-verse due to a major acquisition, and a new program from Google. Find out more in our recap!
Microsoft has announced that it has crossed the 25 million subscribers milestone when it comes to Xbox and PC Game Pass members. Activision Blizzard games are also on their way to the service.