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Show Notes:

Instagram just declared war on YouTube with a new longform-video app

Guide: Pokémon GO Trading Update – Release Date, Friends, And Gifts – Everything We Know So Far

Google Assistant no longer needs every ‘hey’ and ‘OK’

PUBG To Debut Event Pass, But Will It Work?

Amazon Fire TV Cube review

Microsoft backpedals on VR promise

Your Favorite PC Games Might Be Watching You Play (Just Like Mobile Games Always Have)

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Microsoft Launches Free-to-Play Windows 10 Racing Game Called Miami Street

Similar to Gameloft’s Asphalt mobile game, Miami Street is playable on Windows PC and Windows Surface tablets.

Microsoft Studios just released a new single player racing game called Miami Street. The game is played in cinematic view (like the Fast and Furious movies) unlike other traditional racing titles. This means players have to navigate corners via quick-time events.

Developed by Brighton-based Electric Square, the game is designed for any Windows 10 device so it doesn’t have high graphics requirements. Microsoft wants this game to be accessible to everybody.

“Miami Street is a new kind of racing game, built for a broad audience who love easy to pick-up-and-play experiences.”

Microsoft fans would be familiar with its other racing series Forza, but this is different in terms of gameplay. Miami Street has an energy regeneration mechanic, which gets used every time a user participates in a race. There’s also a car repair system. Each car takes one point of wear when used and a repair kit is needed after three points of wear. Additionally, the game has Xbox Live achievements and cloud saves.

Miami Street has been given a soft launch on the Microsoft Store but it is not yet available in all regions.

 

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Play PC Games On Your Phone Through Steam Link

The Steam Link for Android and iOS is set to be released next week.

Steam is primarily intended as way to download and play games on a computer. Eventually, Valve made it possible to stream games to a TV over a local network.

Now, PC games will be playable on mobile phones and tablets soon thanks to the Steam Link App. Available for iOS and Android, the free app is set to be released next week.

According to Valve, the developer of the Steam, Steam Link allows gamers to stream PC games from their Steam library to their devices. The phone or tablet has to be connected to a 5 GHz wireless network or a wired Ethernet connection. The app also supports Apple TV, Android TV, Steam Controller and MFi controllers.

The Steam Link app is not actually new. It was already available as a service attached to a set-top box through Samsung smart TVs. This time however, it will be available to everyone who has access to a mobile device for free.

Valve also announced a second app set to be released “later this summer”. Called the Steam Video app, it allows you watch the movies and shows sold by Steam on your iOS or Android device. This can be done over both WiFi or LTE. Additionally, users are also able to download videos to watch offline.

 

Diablo III sells 6.3 million units in 24 hours

As expected, Activision Blizzard’s new Diablo III became the fastest selling PC game ever, as they sold 3.5 million units in the first 24 hours after the game was released.

Though the rate eventually fell, as Blizzard’s first week figures was pegged at 6.3 million units, still the game took the world of PC games like a storm. It seemed like a tsunami, like tidal wave hit the gamers world.

These figures do not include those who have World of Warcraft Annual Pass who got a copy of Diablo III for free. If we include them in the tally, the first day total would end up at 4.7 million individuals playing the game last May 15.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said, “We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live.”

“We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support,” he added.

Image Source: blizzard.com