Google announces a new game streaming service, called Stadia

Google announces a new game streaming service, called Stadia

There'll be a little Stadia box in which the button "JOIN THIS GAME" will be found.

Other features: The system will allow you instant access. It'll launch later this year in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and most of Europe.

Interestingly, the small video game museum at the event showcase old video games such as Pong, GameBoy, the PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Atari 2600. Sony and Nvidia already offer competent platforms with Amazon and Microsoft working on their own offerings.

However, while we have a pretty good idea of what Stadia is, Google was surprisingly coy about what games it would play, how much it would cost and where we might see the service after 2019. We had tested it ourselves and were impressed.

All device types: A single code base works seamlessly on all kinds of connected devices, including TVs, laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones. No download, no patch, no update, no install.

Part of Google's value proposition for Stadia is its compute infrastructure, spanning 19 regions and 200 countries connected by hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables. The controller will connect directly through Wi-Fi and link to your game through the cloud, The Verge reports. With its presentation, Google drove home the point that its technical tools alone would make the future of gaming services work.

Google "has one key weakness - first party and exclusive content", Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games for research firm IHS Markit, said in a note on Tuesday.

The gaming site Kotaku reported on Monday that Google will reveal a gaming streaming platform soon.

Pichai showed off the company's custom server hardware and connections. For launch, they're promising 4K gaming at 60 frames per second. It'll support keyboard and mouse input, as well as controllers. Overall, the DF gang seem fairly optimistic about Stadia, calling it the best streaming experience they've had to date, but it still comes with a lot of the problems endemic to the tech. The project has been in beta testing ever since with limited spaces available, but more details around the project (and a formal name) are nearly assuredly coming at Google's keynote at GDC tomorrow.

As for the games?

Possibly most importantly, Stadia will embrace full cross-platform play.

Google is hardly the first company to pursue video-game streaming, but it will be the first of the big three cloud companies to ship a service created to stream the most demanding console games, assuming everything remains on course.

The Stadia Controller also has an included 3.5mm jack, presumably for audio, and a dedicated share button that will automatically record clips at the highest possible resolution (potentially up to 4K or 8K), before letting you share those moments on YouTube.

Stadia is all about making games more accessible.

Another Stadia feature demoed today is something called Crowd Play. This allows you to watch a streamer on YouTube, and simply click on the button to place yourself in the queue for the next match online.

This, YouTube Gaming's Ryan Wyatt said, would allow YouTubers to curate a group gaming experience.

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