The most surprising Gaming entrance from the house of Google is finally… finally unveiled at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco. This is cloud-game streaming platform which is planning to take over most popular gaming console giants like Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox.
No wonder it is going to rock the gaming world. In this article, we will provide you each and every details regarding Google Stadia. So, without further ado, let’s start!!!
What Is Google Stadia?
If you haven’t really heard about Google Stadia, don’t worry, we got you covered. Google Stadia is Google’s own cloud based Gaming platform that the developers depict is as “the Future of Gaming”.
According to Phil Harrison, the vice president and general manager of Google and also the former Microsoft executive, Stadia is basically an integrated gaming platform that will merge the entire gaming process from the development and hosting to distribution and advertising.
As Harrison said, “The worlds of watching and playing a game converge into a new generation game platform”. He further added “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.”
From Harrison’s statements it is very clear that the main aim of Stadia is to bring the two strong units of Gaming world together: the developers who create the games and other are the Gamers or the fans who visit YouTube everyday to stream and play legendary games like Fortnite, League of Legends etc.
Google Stadia thus definitely going to be a game changer.
No Need To Buy Any Gaming Consoles! Here Is How Google Stadia Works.
Don’t get confused, just keep reading and we’ll tell you about how does Stadia works?
As mentioned earlier, Google Stadia is a cloud based gaming platform. The good about this is that you don’t need to buy a gaming console to play and it’s totally fine if you don’t have a PC. Stadia will run on Google Chrome using any desktop, laptop, TVs, tablets and you can even use your Smartphone. Yes! That’s true!
The gamers can also rent the servers to play the games instead of buying their own consoles or PCs. In this way, it is a way cheaper and affordable and at the same time a killer gaming platform that will take your gaming experience to another level.
Key Features Of Stadia:
- Stadia will work upon Google’s global network of data centers laid down in 200+ countries.
- Stadia will offer the gamers a library with a list of gamer they can choose from. They will be able to play the game with a single click and without any need to download or install the game.
- The Google Servers will run the games and send the outputs at upto 4k resolution at 60fps. This speed will be further taken upto 8k at 120fps in future.
As Explained by Majd Baker (the Head of Engineering for Stadia), Google has partnered with AMD for creating a special GPU for Stadia. This is more powerful than the combined existing gaming consoles like PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
- Stadia has introduced live streaming feature called “Crowd Play” to allow gamers to play with their favorite person while they are live on YouTube.
“The person watching can simply click the link and be placed into the lobby for the next game. Crowd Play can act like an all new lobby system for games. With Stadia, YouTube becomes the ultimate discovery and engagement tool for content.” It allows players to immediately access the controller’s built-in microphone so they can get help from the Assistant for special, in-game features. Phil Harrison (Vice President and General Manager for Google)
What Is the Release Date And Price of Stadia?
Google has not announced the release date and price of Stadia yet. But it has made clear that Stadia will be launched in 2019 in the US, Canada, UK and Europe.
The price of Stadia is based upon its controller. It is unclear whether it will be available with its monthly subscription or not. We can assume that, the subscription could be somewhere nearer $20 per month.
Google is still waiting for the approval by Federal Communications Commission to begin the sale of Controller in the United States. Until then, playing multiplayer games will not be facilitated.
About Stadia’s Gaming Controller!
The controller will directly connect the users to the Google servers using WiFi. There will be no need to connect any device. It also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button on centre-right of the controller.
Gamers can wake up the Google Voice Assistant to take help in middle of the game. These buttons will serve multipurpose which will enable the users to access specific features.
Which Games Will Be Available on Stadia?
Google has partnered with many game and software companies including Havok, Unity and Unreal for allowing the developers to start creating the games on Stadia.
Developers that use Google’s datacenters can create a predictable multiplayer experience that scales to an order of magnitude greater than anything enjoyed by gamers today. Battle Royale games could go from hundreds of players today, to thousands of players tomorrow. Phil Harrison (VP and GM at Google)
The main game to be launched on Stadia is the Science fiction based horror shooter Doom Eternal. It will support 4k resolution, HDR and 60fps speeds.
The executive of the same game has said that it just took a week to optimize the game for stadia platform. This statement makes clear that the upcoming games can be easily added to Stadia without many complications in some time.