Google search adds ‘Play now’ button for cloud games

If you’re not sure where to stream a show or movie that’s been recommended to you, a quick Google of the title is always your friend. Now, the search giant is doing the same for video games.

In a sign of the advancement of game streaming, Google is adding a “Play Now” card to search results for hit games like Destiny 2.

It helps, of course, that Google has its own Stadia streaming service to promote, but there’s also room for other platforms like Nvidia’s GeForce Now. According to a 9to5Google report, the company also presents results for Amazon’s Luna streaming service and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

It looks like the feature isn’t widely available yet, as we currently don’t see Play Now options in search results. However, those currently seeing the options can click Play to be transported to the dedicated app on Google Play, for services like Stadia.

Once the feature is available to all users, it will be an extremely handy guide to finding the games in question. For games available on multiple services, users will be able to quickly choose which one, while those exclusive titles will now be easier to find.

Cloud gaming is having a Stella year in 2022, with Microsoft resuming its efforts, and Facebook and Amazon getting more involved. Samsung TVs now feature a gaming hub offering all major cloud gaming services and we expect other manufacturers to follow suit.

Have you adopted cloud gaming yet? Or are you still going with the reliable old disk and console solution? Let us know @trustedreviews on Twitter.

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