You can now try out Resident Evil Village in your internet browser for free

Tudor Cibean

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In context: It's no secret that Google's Stadia cloud gaming service has found limited success with consumers. Instead of killing off Stadia altogether (as the company did with many of its other apps and services), it added a white-label version, allowing game developers to make their titles or demos more accessible.

Last week, Sony announced that it's officially bringing Resident Evil Village to VR on its upcoming Playstation VR2 platform. Now, you can try out a demo of the non-VR game in your internet browser. It's completely free, and it doesn't even require you to log in. All you have to do is enter your age (the game is rated M), click the play button, and wait a while for the demo to load.

It uses Immersive Stream for Games, a licensable version of Google's Stadia game streaming service. It works on Windows, macOS, and Android on the latest version of Chrome and iOS on Safari. Even other Chromium-based web browsers might be unofficially supported, as the demo ran flawlessly for me on Microsoft Edge.

You'll also have to have a decent internet connection, with Capcom recommending at least a 10 Mbps download speed. Streaming the game will consume about 12.6 GB of data an hour, so that's something to keep in mind if you have data limits.

You can play it with a mouse and keyboard, different controllers, or even a touch screen button overlay on mobile. Fortunately, Capcom removed the 1-hour time limit of previous demos, although you are limited to the game's Village and Castle regions. Saving your progress is also not supported, so you'll have to start over if you get disconnected.

Image quality leaves much to be desired, with the demo limited to 1080p SDR (the low bitrate makes it look worse than it sounds). However, it did feel responsive enough, although that might be different for you if you don't have a Stadia server nearby.

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m4a4

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Well, unsurprisingly, FF didn't work. Though, it doesn't have anything stopping you from trying to load the game (to then wait a few minutes for it to error out).
 

NeoMorpheus

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Image quality leaves much to be desired, with the demo limited to 1080p SDR (the low bitrate makes it look worse than it sounds)

I wouldnt be surprised thats done on purpose, given its a free demo, which makes sense.
 

Dimitrios

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I was curious and tried FireFox nope......... Tried it on EDGE browser and I was up and running within 2 mins. Even though I have used FireFox since the first month it came out many years ago I was actually very impressed with EDGE running it.

I hope this doesn't kill FireFox I love that browser it's the only one that blocks almost all ads and YOUTUBE commercials. I shifted from cable TV to the internet for a long time and I'm a weird guy because commercials drive me crazy and annoying ads I like things clean, uniformed and quick.
 

Aaron Jones

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Really, TechSpot? "Internet Browser"? Your editors of all people should know that the Internet and the web are not the same thing.
 

Burty117

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Just gave it a go on my Pixel 6 Pro. Image quality is pretty good but it highlights the issue with game streaming altogether.

Even though it rated my connection as "excellent", it was very jittery and the latency between moving the joystick and something happening was terrible.
 

Aaron Jones

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The term is interchangeable.

No, it isn't. The Internet is a network, the web is a service that runs on and is available on that network. Other services include e-mail, DNS, and the like -- you wouldn't call those the Internet either.
 

m4a4

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No, it isn't. The Internet is a network, the web is a service that runs on and is available on that network. Other services include e-mail, DNS, and the like -- you wouldn't call those the Internet either.
So you have a different definition to back up your claim? Or are you going to dodge the question again (knowing you're wrong)?

The burden is on you to prove that "internet browser" and "web browser" aren't interchangeable based on definition. Because, so far, the internet/web says that you're wrong.
 

Aaron Jones

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The Oxford English dictionary defines "internet" as "a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols".

The Wikipedia article for "World Wide Web" opens with "Not to be confused with the Internet" and follows on with "The World Wide Web (WWW), commonly known as the Web, is the world's dominant software platform. It is an information space where documents and other web resources can be accessed through the Internet using a web browser."

Would you like more?
 

m4a4

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The Oxford English dictionary defines "internet" as "a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols".

The Wikipedia article for "World Wide Web" opens with "Not to be confused with the Internet" and follows on with "The World Wide Web (WWW), commonly known as the Web, is the world's dominant software platform. It is an information space where documents and other web resources can be accessed through the Internet using a web browser."

Would you like more?
Yeah, next time don't be afraid to quote me when you deflect with something I didn't ask for.

Define "internet browser" and "web browser". Full quotes. Is that a straightforward enough task for you to actually answer this time?

And funny enough, Wikipedia implies they're interchangeable too.
A web browser (also referred to as an Internet browser or simply a browser)
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Aaron Jones

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It being referred to as something else doesn't make the terms interchangeable (by the definition of interchangeable).

People use the wrong names for things all the time (e.g. "Velcro" when they're talking about an entirely different brand/type of hook-and-loop strip or tape).

I refer you to my original statement:

Really, TechSpot? "Internet Browser"? Your editors of all people should know that the Internet and the web are not the same thing.

I'm simply saying that the web and the Internet are not the same thing, and never have been. They were created several years apart, for a start (and the Internet's predecessor decades prior). Calling a web browser an "Internet browser" is just wrong.

The closest suitable piece of software that would deserve that designation is something like nmap.
 

m4a4

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It being referred to as something else doesn't make the terms interchangeable (by the definition of interchangeable).

People use the wrong names for things all the time (e.g. "Velcro" when they're talking about an entirely different brand/type of hook-and-loop strip or tape).

I refer you to my original statement:



I'm simply saying that the web and the Internet are not the same thing, and never have been. They were created several years apart, for a start (and the Internet's predecessor decades prior). Calling a web browser an "Internet browser" is just wrong.

The closest suitable piece of software that would deserve that designation is something like nmap.
Either you're trolling, or you can't admit when you're wrong. And now you're trying to imply that "interchangeable" no longer means that they're "apparently identical; very similar"?

Lol, you took issue with the term "internet browser" (as you quoted) and then removed the "browser" context implying it didn't change what was talked about. It did.

So, next time you want to call someone out (and not get called out), google is your friend. You are 100% in the wrong here, as you can't even define "internet browser" and "web browser" as separate (removing "browser" doesn't count, as you very well know).

Try again when you can admit when you're wrong.
 

PEnnn

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I keep reading the title as "President Evil" and keep thinking it's about the Orange One!!