Stadia: Google’s Virtual Gaming Cloud Streaming Service
21st March, 2019
21st March, 2019
Stadia is Google’s latest project that’s built around the premise of streaming but for games. It’s a virtual gaming cloud streaming service that’s created to be played anywhere and on anything. You won’t need any gaming PC or console. All you’ll need is an access to Google’s Chrome browser and preferably really fast internet connection. It’s also reported that you’ll be able to watch a clip of a game, either on a phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, TV, and then instantly play it or even launch to the very same point in the game of the clip you were watching. Streamers will be able to create lobbies for fans to join and play with them on YouTube, and Stadia will support instant clipping to the video service.
As promising and futuristic as this may seem, there are still some grey areas. For example it’s not yet entirely clear if Stadia would operate on a monthly subscription based platform (like Netflix and other streaming services), or on a product purchase plan (the way we purchase games from Apple store, Google Play store). Also Stadia service is also going to be entirely cloud_-based, which means no offline play, which means anything less of 4G wouldn’t be practical. Stadia will only be available through Chrome, Chromecast, and on Android devices initially. There has been no mention of iOS support.
Also game graphics play would be largely dependent on internet connection. It’s not clear if Google is working on a loop hole to beat this. Google has revealed that its servers will be powered by a custom AMD GPU that will deliver 10.7 teraflops of power (the PS4 is just 4.2 teraflops). Don’t get carried away just yet, the end game depiction would most likely be dependent on your type of connection.
Stadia comes with a Google-designed Controller that has some impressive unique features, like the Google Assistant with game-specific GA integration that's capable of pulling up hints and assistance when requested. There’s also a button that lets you share content directly to YouTube.
Stadia seems like an exciting premise but we would just have to wait till later in the year to experience all of the fuss.
"The power and accessibility of streaming will give billions unprecedented opportunities to play video games in the future. We are proud to partner with Google on Stadia, building on what we’ve learned with Project Stream via Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. This is only the beginning, and we can’t wait to continue collaborating closely with Google on what’s next for Stadia" - Yves Guillemot, CEO Ubisoft.