What devices you got at home? I bet one of them has Chrome. First released by Google at 2008, and they keep expanding the brand. Thus, during Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, yesterday, Google debuted a new video game streaming platform called Stadia. A game that isn’t limited to any console. All you need is wi-fi connection and Chrome, and no need to download!
Moreover, they claimed that no download required because Stadia are hosted in the cloud. The service works over Wi-Fi, and can stream games in 4k at 60 frames per second with surround sound over a standard 25 mbps internet connection. You can play instantly via Chrome browser and be able to switch seamlessly between the devices that support Chrome.
Stadia is also heavily integrated to YouTube. At the end of the game new trailer, you’ll see “Play Now” option, click it then get instant access to the game. A feature called “Crowd Play” allows players to join YouTubers and start playing with them, as they’re streaming.
Google also introduced Stadia Controller, with buttons dedicated to sharing gameplay clips directly to YouTube and activating voice control through Google Assistant. However, third-party controllers, mice, and keyboards will also work with Stadia games.
In a demo onstage, Google showcased the function of the Google Assistant button while a player stuck on certain area by saying “How do I beat this tomb?” to prompt the assistant to serve the top YouTube result for videos showing how to beat the level.
“We want to reduce the friction between getting excited about a game, to playing a game,” said Phil Harrison, vice president of Google Stadia, during Tuesday’s presentation. One way to do that, Harrison said, is to converge the worlds of watching and playing games, and allowing those games to be amplified by YouTube creators, who attract “hundreds of millions” of people who watch video game streams on YouTube every day.
Stadia will initially playable through Chrome Browser in the US, Canada, UK, and most of Europe later this year.