Google is getting into gaming, using its networking capabilities to change the way you access and play video games. Overnight Google announced Stadia, a new streaming platform that provides instant access to games on any screen including PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone. No gaming console or specific gaming PC is required to play.
Google aims to make games available in resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound and expand on this over time. Google says Stadia will be more powerful than the PS4 and XB1 although a best-in-class internet connection will likely be required.
There’s not a lot of information regarding which games will be available. Google is partnering with id software who will bring the upcoming Doom Eternal to Stadia and Ubisoft is on board, possibly bring Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to the streaming service.
Google’s new first-party studio is also working on games with at least one title expected to launch alongside Stadia. Google says the platform will to be open to developers to embrace full cross-platform play.
The controller will work by connecting through Wi-Fi to the game running on Google’s data centre. The controller is similar in style and button layout to current gaming controllers with an additional Google Assistant button, built-in microphone and a button for saving game clips for sharing online.
Google Stadia game streaming platform will launch later this year in select countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and much of Europe. There’s currently no word on pricing or a possible Australian release date.
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