Throwing their hat into the gaming ring, Google have announced their cloud gaming/platform Stadia, set to launch in 2019 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and most European countries.
Google Reveals Their Cloud Gaming Platform Stadia
Google are launching their new platform Stadia, which provides gamers with an online gaming streaming platform that will cover a wide variety of screens including desktop, laptop, TV, tablet and smartphone. The platform was unveiled at GDC 2019 by Phil Harrison the Vice President and General Manager of Google.
The future of gaming is not a box.
But not only will the streaming service exist within the platform itself, but can be accessed through sites such as Youtube, allowing the viewer to play the game through the browser. While current consoles are limited to hardware performance, Stadia is hosted by the Google data center which means pretty much any device can access the game, even switching from a laptop to phone mid-game is possible. The use of a Chrome Cast HDMI streamer means that you can access the game on your TV with ease.
Stadia comes with its own unique controller designed by Google, however players are not limited to using the Stadia controller as they can use their existing usb peripherals which include keyboard and mouse. The Stadia controller adds the benefit of linking the data center using wifi, meaning it can be used with any screen you’re playing on. Two buttons that set this controller apart is firstly the capture button which allows the user to share their gameplay directly to Youtube. The other being the Google Assistant button which connects them with a voice activated help feature that links them to in-built features added by developers.
Adding further to the live streaming of gaming on Youtube, Google has created a Crowd Play feature, meaning if a viewer is watching a stream on Youtube and want to join that creator’s game, they can click a button to be placed in a lobby directly through the platform. This is all at the discretion of the creator streaming the game of course.
Google argues that their platform will provide low latency compared with current gaming systems as all the gameplay takes place through their data centers. This will be great for those who will want a choice in how they game as well as cutting down the limitation when it comes to hardware. But of course this all relies on a decent and stable internet connection.
Currently Google have yet to share whether this will be a subscription based service, the list of games they’ll carry and what pricing features that it will offer. However, Doom Eternal has already been revealed to be one of the games to appear on Stadia and it will run in 4k resolution at 60 fps. We might be seeing more of Stadia at E3 since Bethesda have already confirmed they will be attending this year listing Doom Eternal as part of their lineup.
You can check out the list of the features shared via the official website:
The future of gaming is not a box.
Introducing Stadia, a new gaming platform from Google for playing AAA video games across all kinds of screens.
- Game where you want, when you want. Play across multiple devices, including laptops, desktops, and select phones and tablets. (High speed internet connection required.)
- New ways to play through YouTube and beyond. Go from watching a video to playing a game in seconds, with even more innovative experiences to come for select games.
- Up to 4K HDR at 60 FPS. Enjoy gaming the way you love, with beautiful HDR graphics and smooth frame rates. (4K HDR at 60 FPS are dependent on your bandwidth. Gameplay experience may vary based on quality of internet connection.)
- Play instantly. No updates, no downloads. Jump right into the game.
- Always getting better. Stadia’s cloud based infrastructure evolves to meet the demands of players, developers, and YouTube creators.
What do you think of the new gaming platform? Will this be something that would interest you? Let us know in the comments below.
For more gaming news find it here in Bethesda Confirms Attendance For E3 2019 as well as Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Gameplay Trailer Released and Epic Games Store Development Roadmap Covers Wishlists, Cloud Saves And More. You can also check out the Top 5 Upcoming RPGs April 2019 (Dragon’s Dogma, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Vambrace Cold Soul And More!).