Google Announces Stadia, A Netflix-Like Game Streaming Platform

Google announced a new gaming platform called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco on Tuesday, that offers a service that lets you play games on a wide variety of devices that has access to Google Chrome with an internet connection. It’s like streaming on Netflix to watch movies or TV shows, the only thing is you will be streaming games.

The major point is the convenience of the platform. Earlier, you needed to spend a lot of money on purchasing a gaming console or an expensive PC. Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4, Nintendo’s Switch are hunky and expensive at the most. Why spend when you can play a game over the internet on a laptop? With Google’s streaming service, all you need is just a TV, phone or a low-end PC that can surf the web using Google’s Chrome browser.

Google is also providing a specialized controller that can connect to its service over Wi-Fi. The service is stored on Google’s own servers that run the games whenever you like. All you will need to do is connect to it and play on any screen in your house. Basically, Stadia can run on any device that is internet-connected and has access to Chrome. “Our ambition is far beyond a single game,” said Google’s Phil Harrison. “Instant access” to a game can be given to players just by clicking a link. “The power of instant access is magical, and it’s already transformed the music and movie industries,” he said, as seen in Netflix.

It will be launched in the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe in 2019. Details about the project will be discussed more in the summer, the company said. But for now, with a fast internet connection and a controller, you are all set. You don’t have to go to a retailer like Amazon, Best Buy or GameStop to get the latest title, neither will you have to wait for hours to download it from online stores like Valve’s Steam.

Google partnered with game developers like Epic Games and Unity which means Google’s high-performance servers will stream games at up to 4K ultrahigh-definition video at 60 frames per second. That will make the animations to move smoothly. “We are on the brink of a huge revolution in gaming,” said Jade Raymond, head of Google’s game making group and an industry veteran.



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