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Sony Adds PS4 Games To PlayStation Now Streaming Service

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Sony Adds PS4 Games To PlayStation Now Streaming Service

In a post on PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that PS4 games are coming to PlayStation Now this year. While Sony couldn’t confirm exact game availability or a specific launch window for the catalog expansion yet, the company noted that PS4 games will still be available on a standard PlayStation Now subscription. Within the next few weeks, Sony also expects to launch a private beta for current PlayStation Now subscribers to test out PlayStation 4 games on the service.

Similar to streaming services like Netflix, PlayStation Now works by letting you remotely stream and play games from the cloud without having locally download files. The library draws from the PlayStation 3 and includes titles like Red Dead RedemptionThe Last of Us and Dark Souls II. One-month subscriptions will run you $19.99, while a three-month subscription costs $44.99

While PlayStation Now isn’t necessarily a flagship feature for Sony and the PS4, the update is a nice addition that adds some useful value to the console. For casual gamers who don’t purchase a new game every few months, subscription programs like PlayStation Now can still keep them tied to a console with relatively less investment and adding current-generation PS4 games to the service bolsters its upsides.

The move also puts Sony and the PS4 in line with its competition. In February, Microsoft announced Xbox Game Pass, a similar program that’ll stream Xbox 360 and Xbox One games to subscribers.

by Ryan Quon

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Twitch Con 2016 Keynote Unveils: Amazon Prime Introducing Twitch Prime

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Twitch Con 2016 Keynote Unveils: Amazon Prime Introducing Twitch Prime

Here is a quote to go with the release below: "TwitchCon 2016 is off to a tremendous start," said Amy Brady, Director of Global Events, Twitch. "We are looking at over 35,000 in attendance over the course of the show which is a big leap from last year's 20,000. We are so grateful for having such a passionate and positive community."TwitchCon 2016 Keynote Unveils New Features and Product Offerings

Twitch announces Twitch Prime, video uploading, expanded video quality options, new Clipping features, loyalty badges, and its first Curse product integration

SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2016 - Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, kicked off TwitchCon 2016today with a keynote from CEO Emmett Shear, and Director of Programming, Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham. The keynote spotlighted Twitch Prime, new video quality options, the ability to upload videos, loyalty badges for subscriptions, updates to Clipping, Curse Voice with Twitch integration, and HTML5 for everyone, among other insights about the brand.

Keynote Announcements

      Twitch Prime: Twitch Prime is a new set of Amazon Prime benefits created for gamers. It features exclusive discounts on pre-order and new release games, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot, plus a premium experience on Twitch that includes a free monthly Twitch channel subscription. Twitch Prime now joins the growing list of all-you-can-eat benefits for Prime members, including guaranteed unlimited fast, free Prime shipping, unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, early access to Lightning Deals, and more. Gamers and Twitch fans can get all the benefits of Twitch Prime by starting a Prime free 30-day trial, while Prime members can unlock their Twitch Prime benefits by linking their Prime accounts to Twitch at www.twitchprime.com.

      Uploads: Any user can upload videos to Twitch for anyone to watch. Streamers may also download past streams and use the footage to create and upload on demand videos for their viewers to watch whenever they want.

      Clips on mobile: Viewers on iOS and Android can create and share clips from live streams and videos directly within the Twitch app.

      Transcodes: Video quality options will begin rolling out to even more streamers so viewers with all levels of Internet speeds can view streams seamlessly. Video quality options will be automatically applied based on a channel’s expected viewership.

      Curse Voice and Twitch integration: Users of Curse Voice and Twitch may link their accounts to access all global and non-global emotes from Twitch on Curse Voice. As an added bonus, Curse Voice users will also get a Twitch-themed color customization option on the client.

      HTML5: HTML5 is now available to ALL Twitch users.

Coming in October 2016:

      Clip trimming: Allows viewers to more accurately capture the perfect moment by adjusting the start and end time of their clip.

      Loyalty subscription badges: Viewers can soon show the extent of their loyalty to a Partner and Partners will be able to reward subscribers accordingly with custom chat badges based on length of a subscription. Badge tiers for one, three, six, 12, and 24 month subscriptions will be available to Partners for design.

Amazon Prime ‘Levels Up’: Introducing Twitch Prime

Prime members get exclusive discounts on new games, free digital games and in-game loot, plus a premium experience on Twitch—the world’s leading social platform and community for gamers

SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2016 – Today, Amazon and Twitch announced Twitch Prime, a new set of Amazon Prime benefits created for gamers. Prime members get exclusive discounts on pre-order and new release games, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot, plus a premium experience on Twitch that includes a free monthly Twitch channel subscription. Twitch Prime now joins the growing list of all-you-can-eat benefits for Amazon Prime members, including guaranteed unlimited fast, free Prime shipping, unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, early access to Lightning Deals, and more. Gamers and Twitch fans can get all the benefits of Twitch Prime by starting a free 30-day trial, while Amazon Prime members can unlock their Twitch Prime benefits by linking their Prime accounts to Twitch at www.twitchprime.com

“Twitch Prime is one of those unique cases where we have an opportunity to build a product that is equally great for all of our customers—streamers, viewers, and game developers,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “Offering subscriptions free through Prime saves money for viewers, while supporting streamers to build their community. Free games and in-game content are always a hit with gamers, but they also let developers reach millions of new potential players. When Amazon acquired Twitch, the first thing the community asked was, ‘when will Twitch be bundled in with Amazon Prime?’ Twitch Prime answers that question in a way that speaks to our community.”

Member Benefits:

·       Free Digital Games and Game Loot: Twitch Prime members will receive a consistently updated selection of free digital video games and in-game loot like skins, characters, and boosts from the most popular games on Twitch.  Starting today and until November 6, the newest hero inHearthstone from Blizzard Entertainment, Tyrande Whisperwind, and an accompanying custom card back, will be available only for Twitch Prime members to claim and keep. Additionally, in October, members will get an exclusive Twitch Prime branded skin for Hi-Rez Studios’ action MOBA,SMITE; and a free copy of Streamline, a new game built for Twitch by Proletariat Studios.

·       Premium Twitch + Monthly Twitch Channel Subscription: Twitch Prime builds on the benefits of Twitch Turbo, Twitch’s original monthly subscription program, including ad-free Twitch viewing, custom emotes, special chat badges, and expanded chat colors. Plus, members receive one free Twitch channel subscription each month, normally $4.99 (equivalent to $59.88/year), to support their favorite streamer. When Twitch Prime members use these free channel subscriptions, the streamer is paid the same as if the member purchased the subscription separately.

·       Member Savings on New Release Games: Prime members receive exclusive discounts on new-release physical games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after launch. Members also enjoy free Release Day Delivery on pre-order games, ensuring they get to play the latest games, like Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1, immediately at launch, without waiting in line. 

To celebrate the launch of Twitch Prime, Twitch has partnered with the GameChanger Charity, an independent non-profit that raises money and creates life-changing experiences for children with terminal illnesses. Between Friday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 5, Twitch will donate $100,000 to the GameChanger Charity for every 100,000 channel subscriptions made by Twitch viewers (up to $1 million total). All subscriptions count, including those using the free channel subscription that comes with Twitch Prime.

Twitch Prime is available to all Amazon Prime members in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, including Prime Student members. For more information and to get started, visit www.twitchprime.com

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Tom Clancy's The Division Reaches 90,000 Plus Viewers on Twitch Release and Review

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Tom Clancy's The Division Reaches 90,000 Plus Viewers on Twitch Release and Review

IT IS HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRE!!! I Brent the Bullard son of Kirk have purchased Tom Clancy's The Division for the Xbox One...of course RYAN wants to play it in 4K resolution on his PC where most people who have a strong connection to the PC platform gravitate due to the independent power of the Graphics Processing Unit...err o.k? I am a simple guy with simple needs. I for one, enjoy the Xbox One for the Controller and to test out my Xbox One ELITE controller. The Division is basically an MMO, and if there’s anything we’ve learned from MMOs it’s that launch days are uniformly catastrophic and chaotic. As of right now Pacific Time @ 10:35 PM Twitch.tv is reporting 93,868 plus viewers. Earlier today Steam reported a literal drain on their servers and claimed that the game could literally crash thier engie...N O T...all a ploy to get more FPSers to get on and spend that credit for this Ubisoft's creation. This game is insanely popular at the moment and will possibly continue to do on all platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4. 

As for the game itself, I’m slowly working my way through missions. So far I’ve done quite a few hours of clearing hood rats, shooting up people, and sneaking around shooting my gun and getting my ass kicked. At least for now though, The Division is trying to tell a story, and it's throwing more scraps of RPG feel my way than I thought it would, and that's certainly a good and effective sign. I love MMOs - this is effectively an MMORPG, and these take time to digest and evaluate. 

As of right now I am continuing on and give Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division 5 dicks out of 5!

Written by Brent Bullard 

Edited by Ryan Quon

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