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Game Streaming Service Utomic Launches – Utomic is a new game streaming service that takes the traditional game streaming concept and turns it sideways. Rather than playing a game on a server farm and having the video streamed to you, Utomic actually downloads part of the game to your PC so you can start playing right away while downloading the rest of the game in the background. They’re not the first service to use this method – The XBOX One and Blizzard’s games all use this technique, for example – but Utomic appears to be the first subscription service based entirely around the concept. It’ll be interesting to see how they do after the fall of previous streaming services like Gaikai and On-Live. Utomic should have much lower operating costs, since they’re simply hosting a download and not actually running the games on their servers. The service is currently in open beta and claims to have a lineup of over 500 games slated for the official launch, though they currently only have about 150 during the beta.
PS4 Streaming to PC and Mac on the way – Looking to play your favorite PS4 exclusives on a laptop or you beloved gaming desktop? The wait is almost over. A post on the PlayStation Blog detailing the next major PS4 software update includes one feature worth mentioning. The addition of PC and Mac support to Remote Play will be released with the 3.50 update. It will not be included in the beta release, so it will be a short while longer until we get to see how things perform. My hopes are for them to nail a solid execution and have good support for keyboard and mouse. If Sony can pull it off they’ll give the Xbox One to Windows 10 feature a run for it’s money.
XBOX 360 Games Coming to the XBOX One Store – This month’s Xbox One Preview and beta Xbox App updates add some nice features to the mix. Bummed you tossed all your 360 games? Well soon enough you’ll be able to purchase and download backwards compatible games straight from your Xbox One. Game DVR is going get a change with the addition of recording length options. You can select a few increments between 15 seconds and 5 minutes. This will give a little more flex when catching those special moments. Twitch streamers will be happy to hear they will be able to include their party chat into their live stream. Party members can opt out if they wish not to be heard by viewers. Be prepared to learn who your real friends are. If you lose some friends, but gain more, no worries! The party limit will increase from 12 to 16 players for both the Xbox One and the Xbox App. if you want to share that chat with others in the room, you’ll be able to send the audio out to an external source from your Xbox One. There’s a few more updates that affect Achievements and some other features. For the whole list check out the Xbox Wire announcement.
Yahoo is getting into Esports – Yahoo Esports? Yes, you read that right. In a new addition to Yahoo’s Sports, they have added Esports coverage. This may come as a surprise to some, but it could be a move to secure some future for a company who just made some serious changes. Yahoo recently announced they will be dropping seven of its online magazines and cutting around 15% of their employees. The Esports section of their site has some good design layout with videos appearing to be the main attraction. Just above the main video window, there currently are sections for CS:GO, DOTA 2, HOTS, LOL and SF V. There is a spoilers toggle, which hides the final scores of matches in case you want to watch them without knowing the outcome ahead of time. Below the main video window begins the already expanding list of articles and match listings for some of the covered games. Looking through some of the content and videos, it looks like they didn’t come unprepared. Time will tell whether Yahoo plans on going full force with this or keeps it as a side show.
That’s all from us for this week. Keep coming back for more of the best news of the week. See you around!
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