HIGHLINE COLLEGE |Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Google releases cloud-stream controller

The day for console-free console gaming will come to pass with Google Stadia.

Google's new product Stadia challenges traditional console gaming with a retro concept. Stadia is a plug and play game console without the plug, only requiring a supported device to stream gameplay with.

Stadia is a cloud gaming service, and requires no additional computer hardware, only requiring the device to have an Internet connection and support for Google Chrome. The device is a wireless controller with two directional joysticks, a thumb pad, four main face buttons, two sets of shoulder buttons, and five additional controller face buttons. Stadia connects wirelessly to a supported smart-phone, tablet, and or TV

Plug and play devices usually can function without the need for a physical device configuration, but according to Google's requirements the Stadia is like playing without a console, but on the go.

The Stadia costs $129 and a Chromecast Ultra will be included with the purchase of a Stadia.

Stadia supports the streaming of games in HDR at 60 frames per second with 4K resolution, and anticipates eventually reaching 120 frames per second at 8K resolution. 4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels across a screen.

Stadia resolution ranges from 720 to 4K to match with network and hardware capabilities. The Stadia has over 40 top rated games on its library with more on the way. Players can start games without having to download new content to their personal device. The games on Stadia range from Japanese open-world RPG, Final Fantasy XV, to party dance game Just Dance 2020.

Like its competition, Stadia also will have a subscription service called Stadia Pro that expands the library and add new games every month.

Stadia will offer two tiers of service, a free Base level and a monthly subscription Pro level. The Pro tier will be US$10 a month, but allows players access to higher streaming rates, access to a library of free games over time, and get discounts on other games offered in the library.

Stadia will require users to purchase games to use over the service, though it does also plan to offer a library of free games over time for Pro tier subscribers, as well as offering the first two years of Destiny 2 content for free for those who purchased the Founder's Pack.

According to Google's product overview, the Stadia will also support instant gameplay recording, much like the recording functionalities supported by a PlayStation 4 controller. However, unlike the latter, the Stadia will have 5.1 surround sound features.

Stadia Founder's Edition & Premiere Edition releases on November 19 to the public. Stadia Basic, More specs and information can be found here: https://store.google.com/us/

The end of October comes with the holiday events of November. Symphonies and concerts start out November strong.

Federal Way Performing Arts Center will host Tango Del Cielo, Tango of Heaven on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. It is a multimedia show with sensuous music and dramatic Latin flamenco. With harp, string, drums and dance, Tango Del Cielo has a unique theatrical program for those who attend.

Tickets start at $22 for general admission.

Federal Way Performing Arts Center address is 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: https://av.fwpaec.org/online/default.asp

Pacific Northwest Ballet will host Locally Sourced on Nov. 8 through Nov. 17.

Locally Sourced is a triple bill of new local work from three featured artist.

Donald Byrd, artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater and a TONY nominated and Bessie Award-winning choreographer, shares the stage with Eva Stone, founder/producer of CHOP SHOP. PNB dancer Miles Pertl takes his first turn on the mainstage following creations for NEXT STEP and Pacific Northwest Ballet School Performance.

Locally Sourced tickets start at $30 and go up to $190.

The event will be held at McCaw Hall. The address of the event is 321 Mercer St. Seattle.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: https://www.pnb.org/season/locally-sourced/

Langston Seattle will host Gary Hammon on Nov 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Born and raised in Seattle, Gary "Jubil" Hammon is one of a number of black jazz musicians from the area that have enjoyed a long and successful career in the performing arts.

The event will end out the Earshot Jazz Festival and will be held at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

The Earshot Jazz supports the growing community of jazz artists and audiences in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

The address for the venue is 104 17th Ave S. Seattle.

Tickets are $22 for general admission.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.langstonseattle.org/event/garyhammon/.

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