There ‘Never Was’ a Console for Google Stadia

Ahead of Google’s official announcement of Google Stadia, rumors arose in the last months about what exactly the tech giant planned to do in the gaming space. But, as Google’s Phil Harrison told me, those plans never included a proper physical console. I spoke with Harrison at GDC 2019 following Google Stadia’s official reveal keynote. He noted that particular interest in Google’s game initiative came after last year’s Project Stream collaboration with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. But despite whatever rumors may have popped up, Google did not intend to make a proper console like a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. “The world abhors a vacuum and when we weren’t telling the full story coming out of Project Steam, inevitability there was going to be speculation,” he said. “There was never a console, there was never going to be a console, there never will be a console.”

This Iconic ‘Uncharted’ Moment Was Almost Just Background Art

I may be in the minority, but I really love Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It’s not my favorite entry in the franchise, but honestly? It’s pretty close. Chloe and Nadine were an unexpectedly fun pairing, and their spin-off adventure delivered a truncated experience complete with all of the trademark beats you’d expect from Naughty Dog’s flagship series. Exotic vistas, ancient puzzles, elaborate train chases – they were all there. Which is why I was surprised to learn during a recent panel at GDC 2019 that one of Lost Legacy’s – and of the Uncharted series’ as a whole – most memorable and impactful moments was never meant to be. Warning: Light Spoilers for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Below Read the full article…

40+ Best Sketch Templates of 2019

Sketch is a unique app that offers amazing features and functionality for creating app UI designs and mockups. Creating an effective UI for an application requires time, detailed attention, and—most importantly—an idea to get started with! In order to streamline the design process for creating your next app interface, we’ve collected the best Sketch UI templates and materials that you can use for your next app project. All these packs come with hundreds of UI design elements and can be easily implemented in your design. Enjoy! HIX – Dashboard UI Kit for Sketch Hix is a bundle of Sketch templates you can use to design modern and creative user interfaces. It comes with 6 different dashboards and more than 35 types of widgets. In addition, the pack also includes 14 pre-made dashboard layouts as well. Price: Envato Elements Subscription E-Commerce – Done UI Kit iOS & Android UX Template If you’re working Read the full article…

The 9 biggest questions about Google’s Stadia game streaming service

Google’s Stadia is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs and smartphones. Here are our nine biggest questions about what the service will be and how it’ll work. 1. What’s the game selection like? We saw Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (a lot) and Doom: Eternal, and a few other things running on Stadia, but otherwise Google’s presentation was pretty light on details as far as what games exactly we can expect to see on there. It’s not an easy question to answer, since this isn’t just a question of “all PC games,” or “all games from these 6 publishers.” Stadia requires a game be ported, or Read the full article…

Here’s how you’ll access Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service

Google isn’t launching a gaming console. The company is launching a service instead: Stadia. You’ll be able to run a game on a server and stream the video feed to your device. You won’t need to buy new hardware to access Stadia, but Stadia won’t be available on all devices from day one. “With Google, your games will be immediately discoverable by 2 billion people on a Chrome browser, Chromebook, Chromecast, Pixel device. And we have plans to support more browsers and platforms over time,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said shortly after opening GDC 2019. As you can see, the Chrome browser will be the main interface to access the service on a laptop or desktop computer. The company says that you’ll be able to play with your existing controller. So if you have a PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch controller, that should work just fine. Google is Read the full article…

‘We did get there first’: Seattle game streaming startup CEO laments Google’s video game unveiling

Rainway CEO Andrew Sampson at TechStars Seattle Demo Day in 2018. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Google today jumpstarted the ninth generation of gaming hardware with the announcement of its Stadia project at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Big on hype and short on details, Stadia promises to use Google’s cloud-computing power to let players jump straight into high-end, fast-paced games from existing devices without any need for additional hardware; if you can run a YouTube video at 4K, you’re already set up for Stadia. In Seattle, however, there’s already a startup doing what Google pitched on Tuesday. Rainway allows users to stream video games from personal devices to any other machine in their possession, as long as it has a browser and can comfortably run video at 60 frames per second. After raising investment dollars for its beta last year, the 2-year-old company that graduated from Techstars Seattle Read the full article…

Game over for game consoles? Google leaves key question of price unanswered in Stadia unveiling

Stadia controller (Google) Google’s new game platform, Stadia, promises to eliminate the need to buy a console by making games playable through streaming to any device, be it PC, TV, phone or tablet. But the competitive threat that Stadia poses to Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft will hinge on a key detail that Google is keeping secret, for now. The search giant did not disclose the expected price of the Stadia service and games during the unveiling at the Game Developers Conference on Tuesday. While avoiding the cost of a console could be a big selling point for potential users, the savings could be diminished if they’re required to pay individually for games, plus a monthly subscription fee for the service. An answer to the pricing question likely won’t come until later this year. In the meantime, Google is touting the quality of the Stadia gaming experience, saying it has made Read the full article…

Google’s Stadia leverages tech advances to bring the lucrative video-game market into the cloud

Majd Bakar, vice president and head of engineering for Google’s Stadia game-streaming service, explains how it built the infrastructure needed to power that service. (GeekWire screenshot) After spending billions over the last few years to upgrade its cloud computing infrastructure, Google thinks it is ready to tackle the needs of some of the most demanding customers on the planet. Google announced the launch of Stadia Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, promising that it would ship a game-streaming service powered by its massive computing network that works across mobile devices, PCs, and televisions by the end of the year. One of the biggest factors that will dictate the success or failure of Stadia will be the number of times users abandon those games in frustration after encountering glitches, crashes, or delays that have plagued earlier attempts at video-game streaming. “This architecture is the foundation for the new Read the full article…

The Google Stadia game controller feels surprisingly great

Google today took the wraps off its Stadia cloud gaming platform, showing off a bold but largely untested vision of the future of gaming that involves distributing and playing software in real-time over the internet. We still don’t know a lot about how Stadia will work, how much it might cost, whether it will operate as a Netflix-style subscription service for consumers or use a different business model, or when exactly it will come out later this year. But we did get our hands on the custom controller Google built, the only physical piece of the Stadia package. Surprisingly, the Stadia controller feels and looks great. Granted, we didn’t get to try it on a live Stadia demo, but we did get to go hands-on with the same white and orange… Read the full article…

Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming power

The beauty of a cloud gaming service is two-fold: 1) you can theoretically play any game, anywhere you’ve got a good enough internet connection to stream it over the net, and 2) even if you’re playing it on a wimpy smartphone, you can harness the power of a beefy server located in a data center. But what kind of server matters a whole heck of a lot when it comes to graphical fidelity and keeping the service affordable, given how many players may be using those servers at a given time — and it turns out that Google’s just-announced Stadia cloud gaming service may have struck a balance between power and price by partnering with AMD for a new custom piece of silicon. According to Google, each Stadia server will contain a custom x86… Read the full article…

26 top free brush fonts

The internet offers a wealth of amazing fonts that won’t cost you a penny if you know where to look. They come in all manner of designs, ranging from the retro to the handwritten to name but a few. In this article, we’re focusing on brush fonts, which can add a playful, human approach to your designs. Plus, they look great printed. Here we’ve scoured the web to find the best examples of free brush fonts to put to good use in your projects. Enjoy! 01. The Cat Has a Hat Dr Seuss books inspired this playful font Taking the popular stories of Dr Seuss as its jumping off point, The Cat Has a Hat is a fun and playful font created by Lukee Thornhill. Having spent a weekend painting over 1,500 letters, numbers and symbols, Thornhill whittled down these characters and refined them into a polished set. The best Read the full article…