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Stadia technology is used for a 'Resident Evil Village' demo on the web

There is no need for a fancy gaming PC, Xbox, or PlayStation to play Resident Evil Village, as you can stream a free demo starting today from Capcom's website. In the demo, players can explore parts of the village and castle, similar to the one available on other platforms.

In this appetizer for one of last year's biggest-selling games, Google is licensing Immersive Stream for Games, a Stadia-based technology.

It works on just about any computer, as well as iOS and Android phones and tablets, as long as the devices are capable of handling high-definition video and your internet connection is strong enough.

Chrome is available for Windows, macOS, and Android. On iOS, Safari is available. It supports 1080p resolutions and HDR. The DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers are officially supported, but other peripherals may also work. Alternatively, you can use touch controls or a mouse and keyboard. 

There is no registration required to play Stadia's demo, as with Stadia's click-to-play trials. After 10 minutes of inactivity, you will be disconnected. Since there is no saving function, if you disconnect, you'll have to start over. There are no time limits or limits on how many times you can play this demo.

On Capcom's website, you can play the demo if you live in the US, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania or Hungary.

In addition to AT&T offering free access to Batman: Arkham Asylum last October and Control: Ultimate Edition last month, Capcom seems like a more natural match for Google's Immersive Stream for Games.

Insider reported back in February that Google was looking for licensing deals with Capcom, Peloton, and others to expand its game-streaming services. According to Capcom, the technology could be used to stream demos from its website, which turned out to be the case.

Perhaps this could be the precursor to the company running its game streaming service. Also this year, Capcom will release Resident Evil Village for Mac. A PlayStation VR2 version is also in development.

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