Google Announces Stadia, Its New Gaming Platform
Stadia is the official name of Google's streaming platform for video games.
After years of rumors and speculation, Google finally took to the stage this morning at GDC 2019 to announce Stadia, the company’s new gaming platform.
Stadia is indeed streaming technology that will allow you to play a variety of games on any platform that you already own. Stadia does not take the form of a console or any other hardware and is instead streamed directly to your TV, phone, laptop, or PC to play your games upon. These games are streamed from Google’s data centers around the world to your device of preference. Google’s Project Stream was the testbed for much of Stadia last year where players could play Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at 1080p and 60fps through Google Chrome.
Furthermore, Google will allow players to utilize their own controllers an devices to play games through Stadia. Want to use a DualShock 4? Go for it. Keyboard and mouse? Sure thing. Google will also offer its own controller for sale with Stadia that will automatically connect through WiFi.
If you have concerns about how games will run on Stadia, then Google is also easing those concerns. Stadia will supposedly be the best place to play games when it comes to quality as well. Stadia will offer over 10 teraflops for developers to most properly be able to allow their games to run how they want. Additionally, developers can scale their projects up further as well. id Software’s Marty Stratton also appeared during the showcase to state that the studio’s upcoming title DOOM Eternal will be able to run at 4K with HDR at 60fps through the power of Stadia.
Google also promises that while this all sounds too good to be true, the low latency technology that it has developed will allow players to be able to experience all of these games with little-to-no latency. Cross-platform play will also be present on Stadia and according to Google, you’ll even be able to bring over game saves from other platforms to Stadia. Further specifics on how this all will work weren’t given.
Details regarding pricing for games on Stadia weren’t divulged in today’s event, but you’d have to imagine it’ll be relatively comparable to what is on other platforms. Google says that Stadia will end up launching later in 2019 with the United States, Canada, UK, and most of Europe as the first regions to receive the service.