Google’s game streaming service gets detailed.
Google officially takes on game streaming service with Stadia. This service means you no longer have to purchase expensive consoles or PC setups to enjoy high-end games – all you need is a browser and a compatible controller. This means no more downloads, updates or any of the long loading times.
With Google Stadia, the company has promised that in just 5 seconds, you can start playing a game in 4K 60 fps – no ifs or buts. Google’s 15-minute presentation on Stadia delivered on this promise, and also gave a bunch of new details that you need to know about it: for one, the service will cost $9.99 per month to stream virtually any game in the Stadia library.
Google also said that you would need at least a 35 Mbps connection to be able to play 4K HDR/60 fps games. Additionally, Stadia will be available on desktops, laptops, tablets and Pixel smartphones. Games will be streamed from Google’s data servers, which the company says is already more powerful than the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X combined, running at 10.7 GPU teraflops.
Stadia will launch in November in 14 countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
A special Stadia Founder’s Edition is also being launched which includes a Chromecast Ultra and a limited edition controller. It will also include a three-month Stadia Pro subscription and another voucher that you can give to your friend. The Stadia controller can also be purchased separately.
Assassin’s Creed and Destiny 2 are some of the top-tier games that you can immediately stream on Google Stadia once it becomes available.
If you don’t feel like paying for a subscription, Google will also release a free version of Stadia that will limit gameplay to 1080p/60 fps, though it will only be available by next year.
The launch of Stadia is definitely interesting and should be in direct competition with Sony’s own PlayStation Now service. Still, with the consoles and PCs already available in a variety of price points, one may wonder how Stadia will keep itself interesting enough to be supported by gamers and casual users.
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