Google has announced 'google stadia' - their entry into the video game market
Google announced 'Stadia' at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Tuesday. The cloud-powered service will allow uses to log in from any screen using the chrome browser, a chrome cast device or a Google Pixel phone or tablet and play the same games across all of them, with all the computational heavy-lifting done by Google's servers instead of a games console. It means that players won't have to purchase a box that sits under the TV in order to play, theoretically liberating video games from hardware altogether.
Google did not announce pricing, but it is likely that the service will be subscription-based. The service is expected to launch later in 2019 in the US, Canada and the UK and "most of Europe".
Stadia will also be fully integrated with YouTube, where gaming content is among the most popular on the site, watched by hundreds of millions of people every day. Google demonstrated a button that will let users watching video game footage on YouTube instantly click to play the game themselves. Stadia will also allow for easy capturing and sharing of game clips.
Google will launch its own controller for use with the service, though existing USB controllers will also work. Google’s game pad is fairly conventional in design, with two sticks, triggers, face buttons, and function buttons that allow instant clip-sharing and Google Assistant activation.
Previous game streaming offerings such as 2010’s OnLive have failed because of latency problems and “lag” – it doesn’t matter much if a TV show or film streams on a slight delay, but video games demand instant responsiveness when you press a button, and even a small delay can make them unpleasant to play. Google’s immense server infrastructure will mitigate that, the company says, allowing for smooth gaming at the standard that players expect from a console, in 4K resolution and at 60 frames a second.
Google has plenty of video game industry veterans ob board to launch Stadia. Phil Harrison, formally of Sony PlayStation, is the vice president and General Manager of Google, and the Vice President of gaming, Jade Reymond, is a former producer at Ubisoft, where she led the Assassins Creed series for years. Bethesda's forthcoming shooter Doom Eternal was demonstrated on the stage as a falgship game, but no others have yet been announced. Google has, however, created its own video game development studio that will deliver exclusive game as well as other publishers