Google Announces Stadia, A Powerful New Game Streaming Service

Stadia is Google's newest gaming streaming device

By Grayshadow, Posted 19 Mar 2019

Google has been teasing a new gaming device to be revealed at GDC 2019. Today, Google revealed a brand new game streaming platform called Stadia which Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated "When we say for everyone, we really mean it. It's one of our most cherished values at the company".

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Here's everything you should know about Stadia:

Specs and Power

The Google data center network powering Stadia covers 19 regions, 58 zones, and over 200 countries and territories. It will bring the 4K, 60-fps games to 2 billion people to any device using the Chrome browser. This includes desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and televisions. This means players can bring games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey anywhere they take their devices and pick up right where they left off.

Google stated that Stadia will run at 10.7 GPU teraflops compared to the PS4's 4.2 and Xbox One X 6.0. It'll support Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, with id's Marty Stratton making note that Doom Eternal runs at 4K with HDR at 60 fps on Stadia.

Controller

The Stadia controller works with existing USB or with mouse and keyboard. It comes in a matte white color and connects through Wi-Fi directly to the game that is running Google data center to ensure optimal performance. The controller will also offer a capture button that supports 4K and 60 fps footage capture and a microphone that can provide AI assistance.

YouTube Support

Stadia can connect to YouTube, allowing players to stream using the 'play now' feature with a 5-second delay before starting. There's a Crowd Play feature that allows creators to stream directly using Stadia and includ viewers into their multiplayer games.

Cross-Play

Google VP Phil Harrison says Stadia supports cross-platform play and can migrate saves from pre-existing platforms. However, he did not reveal which consoles or services are supported.

Games

It was confirmed that hundreds of publishers and studios are working with Stadia including Ubisoft, Bethesda, Take-Two, Q-Games, and Tequila Works. No exclusive games were revealed but former EA and Ubisoft Jade Raymond, responsible for games such as Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and Watch Dogs, is working on creating games for the platform.

Launch Date

Stadia is set for a 2019 release.

Price

No word on how much or if a subscription plan will be involved.

Our Take

Stadia looks like a good idea and shows how far video games have come, but there have been companies who've tried this type of service such as OnLive. In addition, Google has a reputation of providing support for products than pulling support when they perform well like Google Glass. Maybe Stadia might be a success, however, it also looks like another device consumers will have to buy and with rumors of a new Xbox and PlayStation on the horizon it'll be interesting to see how Google plans to stand out against the competition.

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