Google Unveils Cloud Gaming Service

Set to Launch at Some Point in 2019

Multinational technology company Google appear to be dipping their toe into both the streaming and video game industry with the reveal of Stadia at this year’s Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, California. Google CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned Google’s ambition to stream a variety of games from a variety of devices during Stadia’s unveiling early during the conference’s second day. Stadia will stream games from the cloud to the Chrome browser, Chromecast, and Pixel devices.

Pichai was later joined by former Microsoft and Sony executive Phil Harrison to fully unveil Stadia to the public. They demonstrated a new feature coming to YouTube that lets someone view a game clip from a creator and then hit “play now” to instantly stream the title. “Stadia offers instant access to play,” said Harrison gleefully during his presentation.

To power all of their cloud streaming, Google is leveraging its global infrastructure of data centers to ensure servers are as close to players around the world as possible. Google will support up to 4K at 60 fps at launch, and are planning to support up to 8K resolutions and 120 fps in the future.

Google is partnering with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to build a custom graphics processing unit (GPU) for its data centers. A chip, which Google claim, will deliver 10.7 teraflops of power. More than that of the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Each Stadia stream will also be powered by a custom 2.7GHz x86 processor with 16GB of RAM.

Google are even creating their own game studio for Stadia-exclusive titles, Stadia Games and Entertainment. As well as a controller that will power the games streaming service. A cross between an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controller, the Stadia controller connects directly through the Wi-Fi to link to the cloud and your desired game. Doom Eternal is set to be one of the first games to launch for Stadia.

No official release date was given, but expect Stadia to be up and running at some point later this year in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. Are you excited and/or curious to see how Google’s cloud gaming service will operate? Click here to sign up for updates on all things Stadia.

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