Google, as part of its own presentation at GDK 2019, presented a "new era of gaming" - the Stadia service for streaming video games. How justified are the words about a new era of gaming is an open question, but at the same time the ability to stream the latest AAA games in 4K + 60 FPS on almost any device with Internet access is already, at least, a tempting offer. But first things first.
The Stadia service is entirely cloud-based with game graphics processing on Google's own servers, so players can forget about buying a console and enjoy video games on smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops and Smart-TVs. The only requirement is to pay a subscription fee for using the service and buy your favorite game.
Of course, you need a controller to play big and indie titles. Google's variation is a unique gamepad (extremely reminiscent of the PS4's Dualshock 4) with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone. One of the possibilities of the assistant is to tell you how to get through this or that difficult segment in a video game if the gamer needs help. Stadia also supports controllers from other manufacturers.
An important advantage of streaming technology is the ability to continue a gaming session with minimal latency on any Stadia-supported device. The developers have not forgotten about crossplay between platforms, so no one forbids in one multiplayer battle to push players on tablets, adherents of PC with a keyboard and mouse, and gamers with gamepads. In addition, it was not without a real, albeit not very impressive innovation - to take a screenshot of the gameplay and share it on Google platforms, after which any user of the service can continue the game from the "photographed" game fragment.
When it comes to games on Stadia, several indies and two big titles have been confirmed so far - Assassins Creed Odyssey and DOOM Eternal. Don't worry about performance and graphics. The GPU on Stadia servers is almost twice as powerful as the video card built into the current generation consoles: 10 teraflops versus 4.2 in PS4 PRO and 6.0 in XBOX ONE X, which allows you to run modern projects in 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. Further support for 8K resolution is not excluded.
In addition to the announced projects, Google reported that more than 100 games from third-party developers are being developed on Stadia. On top of that, the company recognizes the importance of exclusives and has introduced First Patty to a studio led by Jade Raymond (executive producer of the first two Assassins Creed games), which will assume responsibility for developing Stadia-exclusive games. Stadia additionally supports some semblance of modding, for example, the visual component of some games is allowed to be corrected using neural networks.
All the games you like can be bought both in a specialized service and on Youtube immediately after watching the project trailer. But as for the power of the Internet, which will allow streaming games through Stadia without delays, analysts from Digital Foundry said. Based on the observations of technical specialists, a speed of 200 mb is sufficient for a comfortable game.
Finally, we inform you that the official release of Stadia will take place in 2019 in the USA, Canada, Europe and the UK.
The Topic of Article: All the details of Google Stadia, a game streaming service that launches DOOM Eternal at 4K and 60 FPS.