GDC 2019: Google announces video game streaming service, Stadia
We were right, but there is more...
The Game Developers Conference 2019 is in full swing and it is the first one attended by Google. While we made some assumptions on what Google is about to reveal, some specifics and additional features were announced.
Google is showing much more interest in gaming over the past couple of months. Perhaps this is due to its competitors, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon, making similar moves. With this Google might actually give serious competition to Microsoft Xbox (new lightweight version), Nvidia's GeForce Now and other streaming services.
Moreover, in late 2018, Google announced Project Stream. It was an open demo with limited participants where players streamed Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey over the internet. All that was required was a high speed internet and a Chrome browser. Now that Project Stream has transitioned to a cloud gaming platform called Stadia.
Stadia can stream games from the cloud to the Chrome browser, Chromecast, and Pixel devices. Google's aim is to include as many devices as possible and the service is set to launch sometime this year in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe.
Moreover, the service will be complemented by YouTube. It's a great time to become a game streamer as Stadia will make YouTube livestreamers a lot more valuable. There is a lot Stadia can gain from the popularity of Youtube. Former Sony and Microsoft executive, Phil Harrison added that users will be able to jump to a game while watching it. There will be a button to start streaming the same game that the live-streamer will be playing. This feature is going to be a hit for sure.
Whenever Stadia will launch it's games will be streamable across laptops, desktops, TVs, tablets, and phones.
Google demoed seamless transitions from playing a game on a phone, moving on to a tablet, and then continuing from a personal computer, all devices by Google of course.
Although the streaming service will continue support for existing USB controllers, Google has also announced tailor-made controllers for Stadia. the fun thing is that it works using Wifi. This makes it all the more accessible. It also features Google Assistant button. It is a little too minimalistic though.
Doom Eternal(whenever it gets released) will be the first game to be hosted on the service. It will support a whopping 4K resolution and a 60fps gaming experience. However, to handle the massive requirement Google recommends atleast 25 Mbits per seconds of internet speed.