Google announces Stadia video game streaming service

The next generation of streaming is upon us

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 19, 2019 at 10:22 a.m. PDT | Comments: 53

During their Game Developer's Conference Keynote, Google announced their new Stadia video game streaming service which can instantly access games through computers or almost any smart device available.

The massive data and development company is completely side-stepping the standard gaming console space by releasing their own powerful streaming service using their powerful data centers all around the world offering 4k resolution, 60 frames per second and low latency experiences.

Video games can be accessed immediately using pretty much any computer, laptop, tablet, smart TV and smartphone by hitting a single button even from just watching a trailer on YouTube or your favorite streamer.

Google claims players will be able to jump into a game in as little as five seconds up to 4k resolution, HDR colors and 60 frames per second at launch including the upcoming Doom Eternal while claiming that 8k resolution and 120 fps will be available in the future.

Developers will also reportedly not be limited by the standard console hardware limitations thanks to their data centers with more power than the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X combined with 10.7 teraflops available for graphics.

Players will be able to use their existing favorite controllers to play, but Google will feature its own controller with exclusive features including the Google Assistant activating special voice-based commands, a capture button and the ability to connect directly to the game over the internet and not the connected device.

Stadia will feature full cross-platform play support for developers that wish to include it including cross-saves and progression to potentially bring together more players than ever.

Users can create "shareable moments" via State Share which will save their game states and allow them to share with other players with simple links so they can experience the game as they did or perform challenges.

Content creators can instantly stream, archive and create clips via YouTube using Stadia and has the potential with Crowd Play to create lobbies for viewers to join their streamers in queues at the press of a button.

Stadia Games and Entertainment will serve as Google's first-party game development studio and publishing to work on exclusive Stadia games. Over 100 developers are said to be working on titles for the Linux-based streaming service including Epic Games and Bethesda.

Google announced that Stadia will launch in 2019 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and most areas of Europe first. No pricing details or streaming / hardware requirements were announced during the presentation.

You can check out the reveal trailer for Stadia below plus Google's entire GDC keynote stream below.

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