Google Stadia is thriving and has some updates to make streaming games even easier. According to XDA Developers, Stadia will be introducing a new party streaming feature that will allow players to privately broadcast their gameplay to up to nine other users who can choose to play or watch. Users can take advantage of Stadia’s party chat features, including emoji and voice reactions, on these streams. A Google spokesperson confirmed the news to Engadget in an email.
Stadia has given players direct access to YouTube. The Party Stream feature is for gamers who don’t want to spread their game to the world, but just want to share it with a few friends. We’ve seen platforms like Discord (with the Go Live feature) fill the need for game streaming to a select few. Party Stream also saves Stadia players the hassle of using Twitch to share games with friends, which requires downloading a third-party encoder.
Other updates include the ability for players to switch devices mid-game without ending the stream. For example, you can stream Stadia games from your PC and resume playing on your Android device without stopping the streaming session.
According to XDA Developers, Party Stream begins rolling out to users on Monday and should be available to all players within the next 24 hours. Keep in mind that it’s currently limited to desktop and Android devices – but may expand to more devices in the future.
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