Google Stadia | The Future of Game Streaming

The finalized version of its much-hyped Project Stream venture, Google’s Stadia is a cloud gaming service. Google Stadia is capable of streaming video games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, to players via the company’s numerous data centers across the globe, if they are using a sufficiently high-quality Internet connection. Google intends for this service to also work with YouTube where anyone should be able to dive into a game from a video they’re watching on said game.

“The worlds of watching and playing a game converge into a new generation game platform,” said Harrison. “Our vision for Stadia is simple: One place for all the ways we play. It’s focused on gamers, inspired by developers, and amplified by YouTube developers.”

Features of Google Stadia

Stadia is a cloud gaming service, and requires no additional computer hardware, only requiring the device to have an Internet connection and support for Google Chrome. Stadia will eliminate hardware barriers and merge two pillars of the modern gaming industry. Google Stadia will let you play high-end games without the need to purchase expensive gaming consoles or make high end gaming PCs. All of the rendering of the games will be done in Google Cloud using specialised AMD graphics.

How Google Stadia Works

If you are watching the video of a game play on YouTube, you could hit a button that says ‘Play Now’ to get right into the game in under 5 seconds. This will be a new feature on YouTube which will let game creators create game clips which will have a ‘Play Now’ button to instantly stream the titles. You do not need to download or install any game titles. Stadia will be powered by Google’s worldwide data centers, which live in more than 200 countries and territories, streamed over hundreds of millions of miles of fiber optic cable.

According to Google’s Phil Harrison; the name “Stadia”, plural of “stadium”, is meant to reflect that it will be a collection of entertainment, which the viewer can choose to sit back and watch, or take an active part in.

Google is yet to reveal the release date of its game streaming project Stadia, but it said it’ll launch in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe within 2019.

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