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Google announce Stadia: New cloud gaming streaming platform and controller

Published: 19/Mar/2019 17:16 Updated: 13/May/2019 12:10

by Dan Ciccone

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Google have announced ‘Stadia’, a new cloud gaming service that will allow players to stream games across the internet on any screen, and also announced a new Stadia controller device.

Rumors began to spread about Google’s major gaming announcement some weeks prior, but there was little known about what they actually be announcing.

Most speculation was that it would be something streaming related, perhaps the ability to play games from a ‘cloud’ – and that’s exactly what we got.

Watch the official trailer for Google Stadia below.

What is Google Stadia?

“Our vision for stadia is simple: One place for all ways we play,” Google said at their GDC keynote on March 19, after revealing the first look at the new controller.

Players will be able to instantly stream games, with high-fidelity graphics, with support for 4K at 60fps, on any screen, at any time, with no downloads necessary.

Players will be able to use the Stadia controller, which links to the Stadia server, and play games such as Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey and the upcoming DOOM: Eternal, with plenty more set to be announced.

How does Google Stadia work?

The Stadia servers will be entirely cloud-based, There is no physical console. The controller, if you choose to use it,  connects through Wi-Fi to link with the game session running on the Stadia servers. Stadia will use multi-GPU technology, and will have more GPU teraflops (10.7) than the PS4 Pro (4.2) and the Xbox One X (6.0) combined.

Cross-platform play will be ‘fully-supported’ on Google Stadia, for online multiplayer games. For YouTubers streaming games, they will be able to use the ‘State Share’ option to allow viewers to immediately jump into their games at the same time.

Google Stadia’s multi-GPU technology should make it very powerful.

When is Google Stadia being released?

At the end of the keynote, Google announced that Stadia will launch in the US, Canada, UK and “most of Europe” in 2019, but did not give a specific date.

Google is also forming its own first party game development studio, called Stadia Games and Entertainment, which will develop games specifically designed for Stadia.

How much does Google Stadia cost?

Currently, there are no details on how much it will cost to use Google Stadia, or how much the controller will cost. It is expected to be a subscription service, where users pay a monthly or yearly fee for access to the service.

Some features of Google Stadia however, such as the ability to use State Share, may be free. Google did not give any pricing information at the GDC 2019 keynote.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS reveals big change to make Mac 10 Warzone loadout even more OP

Published: 18/Jan/2021 14:32

by Jacob Hale

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Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff is one of the biggest names in Warzone right now, and his Mac 10 loadout is imitated across Verdansk — but he’s made a pretty big change to it.

Since Warzone and Black Ops Cold War integrated with one another in December, the Mac 10 has quickly become a go-to weapon in Warzone, an easy-to-control SMG that really packs a punch.

Pair it with a top ranged weapon such as the DMR, CR-56 AMAX, or Kar98k and you’ve got a loadout that is perfectly suited to battle royale.

NICKMERCS’ Mac 10 loadout has become the standard for the weapon, but he’s now made a big change to it, and you can bet this will catch on sooner rather than later.

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The Mac 10 is a formidable force in Verdansk.

NICKMERCS new Mac 10 loadout

NICKMERCS has kept his Mac 10 almost exactly the same as what it was before, barring one major change: the Ammunition used.

“I swapped out the Drum Mag for the Fast Mag,” he revealed in his January 17 YouTube upload. “You know, to add a little extra speed.”

The Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag offers the same increased clip size but with an even faster reload speed than the STANAG 53 Rnd Drum. It does reduce the ADS time further than the STANAG, but as Nick says, it lets him play even faster than usual. This will be especially helpful when taking on multiple enemies in a short time span, making sure the likelihood of dying while reloading is minimal.

Elsewhere, all of the other attachments are exactly the same. Here’s a rundown of what he uses:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 9
  • Barrel: 5.3” Extended
  • Stock: Wire Stock
  • Underbarrel: Patrol Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 53 Rnd Fast Mag

Most players would probably also opt for the Agency Suppressor rather than the Muzzle Brake on the Mac 10, but it’s clearly working out for Nick.

We would recommend trying out the Fast Mag Nick uses, especially in team games rather than just solos, but whether this impacts the meta at all remains to be seen.