Formerly known as ‘Project Stream’.
Google’s Project Stadia has been officially announced in a keynote last night, giving us an insight on what to expect on the company’s game-streaming service. Stadia’s aim is to let everyone play a game on whichever platform or device they are using – all you need is the Chrome browser. The advantages of streaming are clearly seen here, where you no longer need expensive hardware or even a dedicated console to enjoy gaming.
Google promises that Stadia can offer up to 4K 60 fps game streaming, complete with HDR and surround sound support. The company’s high-end cloud service aims to deliver the load times of only five seconds from the moment you click ‘Play’. Google also added that Stadia’s computing power is similar to hardware running 10.7 teraflops in terms of GPU power, which is more than the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X currently offers.
If that is true, then Google will hold one of the most powerful gaming systems ever – and you don’t even need to upgrade your current devices to enjoy it. Just pay a subscription and start playing.
As you may have figured out, Google will handle all the computing server-side and stream the game right at your fingertips. Latency and lag issues are a big concern here, especially in places where internet connections are slow, throttled and/or controlled. But if the company delivers on Stadia’s promise, then it will definitely change the way we play video games in the future.
Google said that Stadia will be supported on desktops, notebooks and of course smartphones and tablets. As mentioned, the games can be accessed through the Chrome browser.
Google is also launching its own Stadia game controller and aims to eliminate lag. It’s designed to be a smart controller as well, meaning that it will connect directly to Google’s cloud service to register input instead of your Chrome browser, lessening input lag. They’ve even placed a Google Assistant button so you can always ask for the weather when playing.
Since Stadia plays on a Chrome browser, you can also use Chromecast to play games on your TV. Additionally, Stadia will also offer cross-platform support for multiplayer games.
We’ve seen a glimpse of Stadia late last year when Google did a beta run of the service where lucky users got to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Project Stadia is scheduled to release later this year in USA, Canada, and the UK. No word yet on how much the subscription will cost.
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