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12 Issues

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5 min.
google’s stadia service lets you play games anywhere

It’s safe to say that going into GDC 2019, Google’s keynote was the most anticipated on the schedule. Rumours had flown for weeks, though calling them ‘rumours’ is perhaps underselling it. We knew Google was working on streaming games to the Chrome browser, after last year’s Project Stream tests, and it was clear we’d see more about those ideas. GDC was the official reveal, though. It’s called Stadia, and already the old box-under-the-television paradigm feels outdated. Streaming games anywhere ‘Building a game platform for everyone.’ That’s the tag line Google went with during its presentation. You have a desktop? A laptop? A phone? Then you have Stadia. It’s that easy. This is the future that game streaming allows. No, seriously: Google showed it to us. An onstage demo went from laptop to phone to…

3 min.
microsoft ports xbox live to android

Previously, Microsoft appeared poised to widen the reach of its gaming ecosystem, connecting games on Android, iOS and even the Nintendo Switch to its Xbox Live multiplayer platform. Only two of the three came through, however, as Microsoft announced last month that its Xbox Live SDKs would be ported to Android and iOS. As for the Switch, Microsoft had no comment. Sharing achievements, friends lists, and gameplay was the first step toward establishing Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem within the Windows PC and Xbox console. According to Windows Central, Microsoft was preparing to unveil a cross-platform SDK (or XDK) at the Game Developers Conference in March at a special session. That session, once named ‘Xbox Live: Growing and Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC’, now has been renamed…

3 min.
why data caps must die

Now that Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud have been unveiled, it’s safe to say cloud gaming has arrived, promising a future where content will be streamed to smartphones over high-speed Wi-Fi and 5G. But if these services are to flourish, something else must die: the data caps ISPs impose upon most consumer Internet service plans. No one ever liked these limits except the ISPs. Now that major tech companies have some skin in the streaming game, data caps may finally have too many enemies to survive. The data cap struggle is real Managing your bandwidth can be a struggle. You don’t have to be a gaming journalist to download several games per month and begin consuming 600- to 700GB of data, especially if you have a family full of digitally starved children. Cloud…

13 min.
samsung galaxy s10+

Price: £1,099 inc VAT from fave.co/2TNnA7O It’s something of a perfect coincidence that Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ went on sale the same day Captain Marvel landed in cinemas. Both were once the most powerful members of their respective universes. Both are struggling with an identity crisis spurred by a larger-than-life existential threat. And both have a gorgeous shimmer when the light hits them just right. And in many ways, they’re both the last of a dying breed. The Galaxy S10+ may represent the culmination of 10 years of Samsung’s Android engineering, but it’s also the phone that doesn’t fold. Much like 2017’s iPhone 8 Plus, which existed in the shadow of the button-less and OLED iPhone X, the Galaxy S10+ no longer represents the pinnacle of Samsung innovation. That honour now falls to…

13 min.
xiaomi mi 9

Price: TBC (approx £450) Go back a couple of years and few people in the UK had heard of Xiaomi, but looking into our imaginary crystal ball we’re convinced that in a couple more years it is going to have completely transformed the smartphone market. Xiaomi is a huge – but still pretty young – Chinese mega-brand and its smartphones, which are now officially available in the UK and Europe, undercut the global leaders in a way with which they simply cannot hope to compete. The only company that comes even remotely close is OnePlus, with its 6T, but that phone’s still not a patch on Mi 9. Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s brand-new flagship phone for 2019. It undercuts the Samsung Galaxy S10 by more than £300 – the iPhone XS by more…

6 min.
huawei p30 pro

Price: From £899 (inc VAT) Last year we were seriously impressed with Huawei’s P20 Pro, which was then eclipsed six months later by the Mate 20 Pro. Now, as expected, we have the P30 Pro, which takes a lot of the best features from the Mate 20 Pro and makes them even better. Below are our initial impressions. Availability The P30 Pro is on sale now, with prices starting at £899 for the 128GB model, and £1,099 for 512GB. Design Given that Huawei has what it calls ‘dual flagships’ by having both the P series and Mate series, it’s a little surprising that in essence the P30 Pro adopts the Mate 20 Pro’s design. The screen has curved sides on the front and back, and it has an in-screen fingerprint scanner as well. The bottom…