Google announces cloud gaming platform Stadia

Google’s New Controller Might Literally Stream Games To Your TV

Previous game streaming offerings such as 2010's OnLive have failed because of latency problems and "lag" - it doesn't matter much if a TV show or film streams on a slight delay, but video games demand instant responsiveness when you press a button, and even a small delay can make them unpleasant to play. Still, though, the fact that Google has managed to catch a skilled and well-known developer like Jade Raymond is exciting, and we're interested to see where Google goes with the new studio. While there is no pricing or date set for the streaming platform's launch, the company says it will be coming in 2019.

On the developer side, Google hinted at support for better graphics and more ambitious multiplayer games, made possible by handling all the computing on its own servers. If that's true, though, there are still a few things we need to know about it. At the same time it will able to stream and save a video to YouTube at 4K60, regardless of what you're playing at. In the future, Google says Stadia will support 8K as well.

Well, the system could theoretically host any of those games.

When "Doom Eternal" launches on Stadia, it will feature 4K resolution and 60 FPS, id Software said.

Google’s New Controller Might Literally Stream Games To Your TV

This story is updating, more details to come. This means that developers are not bound by the core specs alone, but can tap into multiple instances of the same hardware to driver more demanding games, if needed.

Industry analysts believe Google is gearing up to unveil a Netflix-like game streaming service. As we saw with the PS3, or even the price margin difference between the PS4 and Xbox One, gamers are definitely susceptible to sticker shock.

Google has taken the wraps off its new gaming service and a new Google-branded controller. Will players buy standalone titles, or pay for subscription packages?

Each Stadia server blade is powered by a customized AMD GPU with 10.7 TFLOPs and an x86 processor with 16GB of RAM-both of which are specifically designed for the service. Google is transcending the limits of console gaming's walled-garden. But this means that no matter what Chromebook you have, whether its an cheap one with a 720p display or a more expensive model like the 3000 x 2000 resolution Pixels Slate, you'll get the best possible gaming experience with Stadia. It also has a capture button (for easy access to streaming, another key pillar of Stadia), and a Google Assistant button. If Google wants Stadia to avoid sharing a shallow grave with the Ouya, it needs to provide a library of games at least on par with current generation consoles, and ideally also shell out some cash to secure some attractive platform exclusives from some pedigreed studios.

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