Sundar Pichai opened Google GDC 2019’s Gaming Announcement, with him describing how, although he plays FIFA and Ashes Cricket, he isn’t a big gamer. However, he said that he’s privileged to work in a team full of enthusiastic gamers.
Google has been testing its abilities to create a powerful gaming platform. “We only succeed when our partners do”, Pichai said. Google’s next big effort is to build a game platform for everyone. Be it Android, Chrome or AI, Google is “dead serious” to making technology accessible to everyone.
“Instantly enjoyable with access to everyone”, Pichai commented further.
Welcome to Stadia
Stadia, as presented in the promo, is a “new era of gaming.” “One place. Anything you dream can be built.” “One place for you and everyone you know an everyone they know where everyone can play together.”
“One place that never stops evolving. Where everyone will play and watch. And create.”
“From any screen at any time. One place for all the ways we’ve played.”
Stadia, Gather Around.
How Stadia Works?
Imagine you’re watching a game, its trailer or its gameplay on YouTube. With Stadia, you’ll notice a “Play Now” button. Simply clicking on the button, you’ll get instant access to play the game in the browser as quickly as 5 seconds. No download, no patch, no update, no install. Just click on the “Play Now” button and you’re good to go.
Stadia offers install access. Google claims Stadia will reduce the friction between getting excited about a game and playing the game.
At launch, Google Stadia will support desktops, laptops, TVs and Pixel phones. “The new generation of gaming is not a box. The data centre is your platform.”
The Stadia Controller
Along with its new platform, Google announced its own controller, named the Stadia Controller. Along with the modern features you’d expect in a modern gaming controller, the Stadia Controller has two very important buttons. The capture button, for sharing and saving footage/screens to YouTube and the Google Assistant button, to immediately access the built-in microphone of the controller to get information on various in-game features integrated by the games’ developers.
At launch, Stadia will support 4K at 60 FPS with HDR and Surround Sound. In the future, we’ll be able to stream games on 8K at 120+ fps.
Partnering with AMD, Google has developed its own custom GPU with 10.7 teraflops of power, which is more than the both PS4 Pro and Xbox One combined (4.2 and 6.0 respectively).
Full Cross-Platform Play
Google Stadia will support full cross-platform play across all current-gen devices. Developers will have the ability to enable cross-platform, allowing players to transfer game saves and progression.
With Crowd Play, players can join their favourite streamers and content creators directly through their streams on YouTube.
The Deep Way
With Google Stadia, players will have access to games on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Play Store and you name it. Games will be discoverable literally everywhere, making games accessible to a wide range of players spread across different social media channels.
Stadia Games and Entertainment
Jade Raymond, acting as the “Vice President” of Stadia Games and Entertainment, will lead Google’s very own first-party development studio for Stadia.
When Will Stadia Arrive?
Stadia will be launching this year. More information on Stadia will be revealed this Summer.
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