Google is getting into the gaming business with its announcement of the Stadia streaming gaming platform.
Stadia is a new video game platform, delivering instant access to your favorite games on any type of screen—whether it’s a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Google plans to make those games available in resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound. It will be launching later this year in select countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and much of Europe.
Using Google’s globally connected network of data centers, Stadia will free players from the limitations of traditional consoles and PCs.
When players use Stadia, they’ll be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. And developers will have access to nearly unlimited resources to create the games they’ve always dreamed of. It’s a powerful hardware stack combining server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage, and with the power of Google’s data center infrastructure, Stadia can evolve as quickly as the imagination of game creators.
Data centers make Stadia possible, but what sets the system apart is how it works with other Google services. In a world where there are more than 200 million people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button. If you watch one of your favorite creators playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, simply click the “play now” button. Seconds later, you’ll be running around ancient Greece in your own game/on your own adventure—no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs.
Google will also offer a special Stadia controller. The controller connects to Google’s data center via WiFi and includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4k of resolution. And it comes equipped with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone.
Google hasn’t released costs for the controller or the Stadia gaming service.