Google recently announced an all-new gaming platform called Stadia and here’s what you need to know. Stadia is a cloud-based gaming system that will bring together gamers, developers, streamers, YouTube and more into one place, playable on almost any device you own.
Imagine being able to play all the latest games without a big expensive computer or the latest Xbox console. Instead, just open the Chrome Browser and find the game you want to play to get started. All without having to download or update anything. It just works, instantly.
You can even go from watching your favorite streamer on YouTube to playing alongside them in a matter of seconds. Google servers do the heavy lifting and the game simply gets streamed to whatever device you’re playing on. Here’s the launch vide0, then read on for more details.
- Stadia is Google’s New Cloud-Gaming Platform
- Play Any Game on Any Device with a Chrome Browser (As in Desktop, Laptop, TV, Phones, Tablets, Chromecast, and the Stadia Controller)
- Google Stadia Launching “in 2019” (Likely Late Summer)
- Stadia is for Gamers, Developers & Streamers
- Pricing Currently Unknown
What is Google Stadia?
Stadia is basically Netflix for gaming. It’s Google’s all-new cloud gaming system previously known as Project Stream. The idea is simple: Stadia will let you play AAA games (from any platform) on any device with a Chrome Browser. You don’t have to download, install, patch, or upgrade your games — ever. Instead, it’s always up-to-date and ready to go.
You simply sign-in and stream games over the internet to any device you’d like to play on. Stadia is capable of delivering smooth, stable, lag-free gaming in up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS with HDR and surround sound. Essentially, games will run just like they’re being played on a $2,000 PC, the Xbox or a Playstation yet they’re being streamed to your device over the internet. Stadia is similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, PlayStation Now, or even Microsoft XCloud, only with the power of Google, the Google Assistant and YouTube all combined.
In fact, Google claims that its Stadia cloud computing power is more powerful than a PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined, which will result in an amazing and simple gaming experience for everyone. That’s a bold statement and something that will be immensely popular if they can deliver on all these promises.
And if all of that sounds impressive, this is only just the beginning. Google further went on to state they plan to offer 8K gaming eventually, stable 120 fps framerates for any title, and much more. Well, as long as you have an internet connection fast enough to pipe all the information from Google’s servers back to your device of choice.
What Games Are Coming to Stadia?
Technically almost any game is capable of running on Stadia, and Google even outlined a few during the announcement. Specifically mentioning Assassin’s Creed Odyssey running at 1080p and 60 fps, or even the newer Doom Eternal in 4k. Delivering 4K at 60 FPS is a big deal, and very exciting.
If Stadia is capable of playing those games at such a high level, the cloud gaming system should be able to handle and stream almost every major title available across several different consoles or platforms.
Google didn’t specifically give us a list of launch titles, supported games, or even hint at what’s coming. That said, they did confirm an all-new “Stadia Games & Intertainment” company that will start developing and releasing games for the service. The only potential downside to Stadia is when it comes to competitive shooters or online games like PUBG, Fortnite, or CS GO. Simply because latency, speed, and instant reactions are so important. We’ll have to wait and see.
Google Stadia Release Date
Unfortunately, we don’t know when Google plans to actually release Stadia to the world. During the announcement, they confirmed it’s coming in 2019, and mentioned which regions will get to try it first. However, that’s all the company was willing to share at this time.
Google did confirm they’ll have more information in the coming weeks, months, and some major announcements earlier this summer. With that said, we have a feeling Stadia will arrive near the end of the summer or in early fall.
Stadia is coming to the United States, Canada, the UK, and Europe first, with other regions at a later date.
Built for Gamers, Developers & Streamers Alike
Here’s where things take a turn that could help Stadia have an edge over the competition. Google designed Stadia to work for everyone. It’s not just a game streaming service for consumers. It’s also a platform full of tools for game developers, and tons of options and tools for streamers.
Considering Google owns YouTube, and billions of games get watched or streamed on YouTube, Stadia is in a good position to combine the two — and they’ll do exactly that. You can instantly tap the Google Assistant button on Google’s Stadia controller and look up tutorials to beat a level, cheats, tips, or tricks. Or, even pause the game to check a video on how to complete a specific task.
Additionally, Stadia is also designed to help YouTube creators connect and engage with fans. Google confirmed features like “Crowd Play” which will let you go from watching your favorite streamer on YouTube to jumping into the game, at the same place, with your favorite streamer if they allow it.
Then, State Share will let friends or streamers share a specific place in the game like a big boss, or even create their own challenge, then share it with friends or followers watching the stream.
Basically, Stadia isn’t just a game streaming platform. It’s a way to play, interact, develop, create and enjoy games like never before.
How Much is Stadia?
In closing, the price of Stadia and the overall service model will determine weather Stadia is successful. Do we have to pay a monthly streaming subscription fee (like $10 or $20) a month for Stadia and pay for games, both? Maybe Google will work up a way to allow gamers to pay a small “streaming fee” for the games they want to “own”.
We’re hoping Google will simply ask gamers to pay one subscription fee, and that’s it, for access to any and all content. We can only dream, right?
This is all still brand new and you can expect further information from Google, game developers and streamers in the coming weeks and months. For now, click here for more information or to sign up for updates.
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