Google Play Games update will bring quests, saves, and advanced graphics soon

Google Play Games update will bring quests, saves, and advanced graphics soon
Google's Greg Hartrell (product manager of Google Play Games) delivered a bunch of announcements surrounding the Android gaming service. For starters, the Play Games app will offer players a Game Profile that lists their achievements, points, and vanity titles. 

The next round of new features consists of Quests - which leats developers easily create online, time-based goals (for example, weekend and daily challenges) without pushing app updates, and Saved Games - cloud saving of players' game progress. 

The C++ SDK and Play Games Statistics have been updated, too - the first has more cross-platform support, and the second can now visualise Player & Engagement stats.

Additionally, the Android L Version release brings new platform capabilities, such as support for OpenGL ES 3.1 (which will enable compute shaders, stencil textures, more interesting physics and graphical effects), Android Extension Pack (a new set of extensions to OpenGL ES, including tessellation and geometry shaders), and Google Gamepad standards (controller compatibility on Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks).

The changes to Google Play Games will be rolling out with updates to Google Play Service and the Play Games App over the next few weeks. Meanwhile, the Android L-release changes are present in the announced developer preview.

source: Android Developers Blog

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10 Comments

2. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

No one cares huh? No comments? I think this is great, but it seems like most people who care about mobile gaming are still iPhone users... I really hope Google turns this around with these updates.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...people who care about mobile gaming are still iPhone users..." I don't think that people who cares about mobile gaming choose gaming on 4 inches screen and resolution which is less than HD. ;)

6. Tech_Lover_

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

........ok

7. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

You think 4in screen is too small for gaming? Remember those gameboy days? Heck even the psp screen was not that big. These portable gaming devices were good enough for us back then. We have consoles for HD and intense gaming. BTW im not helping Apple, I use andriod device myself.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"These portable gaming devices were good enough for us back then." The keywords in this sentence is "back then" but not today because today we have better solutions for mobile gaming. Same with iPhone gaming it WAS good but situation has changed. Now we have smartphones with bigger screens and higher resolution than iPhone. "BTW im not helping Apple, I use andriod device myself." I understand what you want to say and I respect your opinion no problems here. :)

4. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

People are not noticing this now, but this could mark the beginning of the end of consoles as we know them. Every bit necessary for it to start happening, has finally fallen into place. Android TV + Google Play games library + gamepad standard = base for the ultimate gaming platform in the future

8. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Give Nvidia a couple more years and we should get a chip capable of taking the Xbox One and PS4 head on at a much cheaper pricepoint.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

PS4 and Xbox one are using mid range GPU. Check it out its nothing! I am waiting for GTX 8 series to upgrade my gtx580 sli. Even my old setup is much better than console graphics.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/171375-reverse-engineered-ps4-apu-reveals-the-consoles-real-cpu-and-gpu-specs Just a AMD HD7870 for the next 10 years just don't cut it in my book. Xbox One has an even weaker GPU compared to PS4. Cost cutting on their gpu is a mistake because gamer can see it clearly with their mult platform titles.

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