Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS, such as Pixel phones and Chromebooks.Google didn’t say how much its new service will cost, whether it will offer subscriptions or other options, or what games will be available at launch —all key elements to the success of a new video-game platform. It said only that Stadia will be available in late 2019.Google made the announcement at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Some industry watchers were expecting a streaming console, but Google’s platform centers squarely on the company’s cloud infrastructure.“The new generation of gaming is not a box,” said Google Vice President Phil Harrison. “The data center is … [Read more...] about Goodbye consoles? Here’s how Google’s new Stadia platform could disrupt gaming space
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Google on Monday announced that it will test a video game streaming platform with the release of “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” by Ubisoft this week.Google is collaborating with the French video game colossus to use a new instalment in the hit “Assassin’s Creed” franchise to test the ability of Project Stream technology to provide the kind of quick, seamless play powered by in-home consoles as an online service.“We’re going to push the limits with one of the most demanding applications for streaming - a blockbuster video game,” Google product manager Catherine Hsiao said in a blog post.The technical test will be limited to the United States, where a select number of people will get to play “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” streamed to Chrome Browsers on desktop or laptop computers starting on October 5.Versions of the new “Assassin’s Creed” will be released that same day for … [Read more...] about Project Stream: Google pushes Chrome to limits with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey support
This week, more than 25,000 members of the video game industry are scheduled to descend on San Francisco for the geeky, and often sleepy, annual gathering known as the Game Developers Conference.This year, though, more people than usual are paying attention. Google is set to unveil a video game service, codenamed Project Stream, that will reportedly allow people to play Fortnite and other modern titles in a web browser or on a television using inexpensive hardware. If it’s successful, the system might herald the biggest shift in the $180 billion a year global gaming market since Super Mario jumped from arcades to the living room.Google has been privately testing Project Stream since last fall and just touted its announcement planned for Tuesday with a video trailer. The service will deliver games on demand, rather than as downloads, and is expected to support even the most fast-twitch and … [Read more...] about GDC 2019: Can Google create the Netflix for video games with new service?
By Jayadipta Chatterji Mehta A strong tech startup story and IT prowess give India an edge over others in artificial intelligence (AI) adoption. In the second part of our series on AI, members of The Economic Times India Leadership Council, ETILC’s core group on technology weigh in on India’s advantages as a market leader in IT services. “We believe India has a major advantage over other countries due to its vibrant tech-related startup ecosystem, strong IT services, and an offshoring industry, to harness the power of AI,” they say. The members include Kaushal Sarda, CEO, Kuliza Technologies; Dilipkumar Khandelwal, MD, executive VP, SAP Labs India; Anil Valluri, CEO, India and SAARC, NetApp; AS Rajgopal, MD, NextGen; Piyush Sinha, deputy MD, NEC Technologies; Anuj Gupta, CEO, Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic, and Vikas Gupta, CEO and CTO, GreyMatter Software Services. For artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to run on big data, Indian companies … [Read more...] about ‘IT services & tech startups help put India on the AI path’
Footwear company Adidas has announced that it will be shutting down the robot factories by April next year. The Speedfactory, umm, factories, in Ansbach, Germany and Atlanta, US will be shuttered early next year as the company plans to focus more on production at its factories in Asia, particularly China and Vietnam. This, Adidas says, will be more economical and flexible. Adidas started production of running shoes at the Speedfactory in the town of Ansbach in Germany back in 2016. Most of the production was done by robots. It was made out to be a big deal at that point of time. The second Speedfactory starting producing shoes and apparels in 2017, in Atlanta, USA. A few years down the line, their time is up. The end of the robot journey came much sooner than anyone would have perhaps expected. “Starting at the end of this year, Adidas will use its Speedfactory technologies to produce athletic footwear at two of its suppliers in Asia. The company expects this to result in better … [Read more...] about Adidas Gives up on Robot Factories And Wants Humans in Asia to Make More Shoes