Twitch has dominated the new market of video game streaming and now YouTube wants a cut of the action.
As they announced at the beginning of the summer, YouTube has planned to launch YouTube Gaming, a separate site dedicated to streaming, watching and chatting about video games. On Aug. 26, they began a slow release of the new platform.
Getting started is a simple process of navigating your browser over to gaming.youtube.com and following the steps in a setup process (that includes phone verification). You'll need to set up encoding software, fill out the necessary info for your stream and tick off any optional features. There's a checklist right there on the setup page, but Google also put together a more involved guide to getting set up.
YouTube Gaming supports streaming from PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One consoles, provided you've got a capture device sending video from the console to your computer. Google specifically calls out Elgato's HD60 as a YouTube Live Verified device, but there's a good chance that other game capture solutions work as well. If you've got one, try it out before you run out and buy something new.
Apparently, mobile apps for Android and iOS are also around the corner so you can watch your gaming of the go.
For our current stats, we have 1.5 million broadcasters (11K Partnered channels), 100 million viewers per month who watch 106 minutes per person per day on average, and 38 million installs of our mobile app with 4.7 billion minutes watched across 10.3 million unique devices.
Bungie's gearing up for the biggest expansion to their enormous space shooter Destiny. The Taken King will release Sept. 15, but before that, they want to get people primed and ready.
This video should help.
The trailer is also somewhat notable because its the first time Bungie has showed footage of the ghost companion voiced by Nolan North, who took over for Peter Dinklage and what many think was a sub par performance.
According to Nintendo, Star Fox Zero will launch in North America and Europe on November 20. Xenoblade Chronicles X, meanwhile, will be available in both territories on December 4.
Although Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is listed as "Holiday 2015" for North America, Nintendo has confirmed the more specific November 20 date for Europe.
A new combo pack bringing together New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will go on sale on October 16 in North America for a recommended retail price of $59.99.
Walmart will be the exclusive retailer for the Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle, which includes the game, an Idea Book, and the 30th Anniversary Mario Modern Colour Amiibo. It will be available on September 11 for $299.96.
So what can gamers look forward to this September? Grow Home is an adorable game about BUD (Botanical Utility Droid), who is traveling the stars in search of new flora to help his home planet. In Grow Home, players will climb a massive plant that stretches from the planet's surface all the way to his ship in space. Don't look down.
Super Time Force Ultra is a fast-paced action platformer that tasks players with rewinding time and creating "time clones" to clear out levels. In Xeodrifter, players explore strange alien planets and discover valuable secrets to cobble together a way home. Twisted Metal celebrates classic car combat with tons of power-ups and delectable explosions. Teslagrad features beautiful platforming and smart puzzles, and La Mulana EX brings a riddle-filled adventure to challenge-hungry gamers.
We were introduced to the yarn Yoshi amiibo at E3, but nothing could have prepared us for this cuteness.
According to Nintendo Life, Nintendo will release a giant, 'mega' version of the adorable thing:
The Yarn Yoshi amiibo triplicate was a great move by Nintendo - it brought the idea of toys-to-life into actual toys that aren't glorified statuettes. Three clearly wasn't enough though, as now we can expect a giant variation of these adorable critters to arrive in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in November.
The amiibo has identical functionality in Yoshi's Woolly World to its standard-sized cohorts, spawning a second Yoshi to be controlled in tandem to your main dinosaur pal. The amiibo chip is contained in this one's foot rather than its base, and it stands at roughly two and a half to three times the height of the previous three.
Oh my god, look at it:
Although it's a few months after the release of Yoshi's Wolly World, it still melts our hearst.
Well, we suppose this is one way to market a football video game.
Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Colin Kaepernick, Antonio Brown and Buffalo Bills Coach Rex Ryan all chose, presumably of their own free will, to join this EA Sports commercial for the annual Madden Game.