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Google Ships Beta For Stadia/YouTube Crowd Play Feature

Posted on July 26, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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While many throughout the industry believe that Google Stadia is not what the industry needs, it happens to be the byproduct of what Microsoft is aiming to compete against. While games are certainly the forefront for any video game platform, the Xbox company’s concern is how the platform is provided across a magnitude of avenues. Hence why Amazon & Google are larger concerns for Xbox’s Phil Spencer compared to Sony or Nintendo.

Already, Google already delivered on one promise for its Click To Play feature unique to Stadia. In that, the tech giant last year shipped the system which allowed users see a game while watch YouTube, click the link to Stadia, and instantly drop into the game. Now, more initial promises from Google are being made as of a recent announcement.

Now, Crowd Play is on the way. Well, not entirely: the feature is currently entering beta and Stadia users can sign-up now. Essentially, the tool allows players to watch a YouTube livestreaming a multiplayer match, enter a queue to play in the same lobby, and eventually drop into the match with the user.

One niché addition discovered about the new feature is that players can use it for multiple accounts. For the sake of the beta, Google in a separate FAQ told that you will need to sign-up multiple times for the number of YouTube accounts you have. “If you have more than one YouTube channel, you can submit an application for each channel you would like to be considered. Each channel needs to meet the criteria to be accepted into the program.”

Previously, Google shipped more dedicated support for Stadia with native applications on smart televisions. Now, the platform can be found on models from Onn, Philips, Hisense, and Xiaomi. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you planning to try Crowd Play on Stadia?

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