"The future of games is not a box." At least, Google believes so. With names like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo dominating the $ 180 billion industry for decades, Google wants a slice of the pie with its new Stadia gaming platform.
Google is taking a different approach to hardware-driven space, as its new Stadia is fully cloud-based for end users. Leveraging its robust cloud ecosystem and state-of-the-art data centers, Google Stadia aims to make the consoles completely redundant.
At the ongoing Game Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Google detailed its new platform, formerly known as Project Stream. Google has also launched its own controllers that fully leverage the new Stadia platform.
How does Google Stadia work?
As mentioned above, Google Stadia does not require users to invest in a new console. Instead, users can play inactive graphics games on mobile devices with active internet connections. On the back end, you basically stream content from Google's data centers. Essentially, you do not need to download an update or any application and simply start playing.
Google, in its GDC demonstration, has shown that Stadia is compatible with phones, laptops and even with Chromecast Ultra. Google Stadia is also a kind of contraction, as it allows players to stream and watch games on YouTube. As expected, there is also integration with Google Assistant and other essential Google applications.
Google has promised to reveal more about its gaming platform later this year. For now, has confirmed that Stadia is capable of streaming games in up to 4K HDR at 60fps and surround sound at the time of release. In the future, the Google Stadia will be able to broadcast in up to 8K resolution at 120fps.
Phil Harrison, vice president of Google LLC, holds the new Google game controller during an event at the Game Developers Conference.
Stadia users can stream games in 4K resolution with more than 25 Mbps internet connection. Currently, the new Google service works only on Wi-Fi. The company plans to make the service compatible with the 5G network as well. The optional Stadia controller also works with Wi-Fi connectivity.
At the moment, Google Stadia does not have a large catalog of compatible games. For now, users will be able to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Doom Eternal. Soon, users will see a "play now" option on YouTube trailers and videos of these games. The link will direct you to the game online with nothing to download or install.
Google Stadia will be released first in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. The company will share more details about the list of games you can play with Stadia later this year. There is no information on service availability in India. Google did not disclose the pricing model for the new service. According to reports, it may be similar to a model similar to Netflix, allowing users to play different games with monthly or annual charges.
Google is not alone in its efforts to create a gaming ecosystem without consoles. Microsoft is also working on the xCloud platform, which also leverages the cloud and data centers. It is also compatible with 5G and is expected to support 4G LTE. Learn more about the Microsoft xCloud gaming platform here.
March 20, 2019 11:39 AM IST