Everything you need to know about the Stadia

Reported last week, Google was working on a streaming platform for gaming. Th former Sony and Xbox executive Phil Harrison detailed the platform today at an event in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference. It is not a console but rather a streaming service for video games.

While previous types such as OnLive have failed before, Google boasts it can support the service with their custom hardware network that can compete against already downloaded or disc games. They already prototyped it late last year with the free streaming for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey last year. 

Harrison stated you can start playing the game immediately after the trailer if the users are interested. You don’t have to download, install, or patch anything. It’s a unique addition that no console or PC can provide ATM. You can use Stadia on PC, tablet, and phones as reported last week. You can use any controller but the system will have its own controller.

What are its features?

You can play and stream your games as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. You can also capture and stream gameplay on YouTube through the controller’s dedicated button. It will also have a feature called Crowd Play. This will allow players to stream gameplay on YouTube Gaming and have people lined up to take over the game briefly allow people to play in a unique way.

What are its specs?

Google announced Stadia will be able to provide 4K gaming at 60 FPS. In regards to how fast your internet has to be, that wasn’t explained.

The first game announced for Stadia will be Doom Eternal. Google has released many development kits to more than 100 studios and announced the creation of Google’s own first-party development studio, Stadia Games & Entertainment. It will make exclusive content for Stadia and will be run by Jade Raymond, the longtime game producer whose credits include the creation of the Assassin’s Creed franchise at Ubisoft. (Kotaku)

More announcements will be revealed this summer as the release date comes closer.

 

 

 

Google teases Gaming product for GDC

Google teases new video game controller for GDC.

Google has been spending money behind the scenes for gaming for a few years. They will be having a panel at GDC (Games Developer Conference) on March 19th at 9am. Many people have speculated that Google will release a gaming console but only a trailer has been officially released. While the trailer doesn’t show much, more patents have been revealed.

A controller patent was found a few days ago. While it showcased a basic controller scheme, the interesting part is that it’s designed to work with several devices; including PC, television screens, tablets, and mobile phones. Chromium, Google’s Chrome internal team, has recently been working on enabling Nintendo Switch controller functionality on their browser.

A unique feature is that the controller will receive notifications from different cloud-based games. It will also act as a storage key as it will store your portfolio, game info, and save data on the controller rather than a console or PC.

People are speculating that Google will not release a console but rather a subscription service to allow players to play video games on any compatible device. This is similar to their partnership with Ubisoft where they offered Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free on their online service. It is also similar to their current business practices for Google Suite and YouTube Red.

More definitive announcements will be shown at GDC.