Google has announced its new Stadia game streaming platform for 2019

about 2 years ago by IanDorfman

Google announced its new gaming platform today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The platform's name is Stadia, and it's completely Internet and cloud based.

On the official website that went live during the service's announcement keynote presentation, Google describes Stadia as a service that lets you "Play across multiple devices, including laptops, desktops, and select phones and tablets." Using desktops and laptops, anyone with a "high speed internet connection" that meets the requirements (which have yet to be revealed) that has Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome installed can look forward to playing a streamed version of games such as Odyssey and Small Doom iconDoom Eternal in up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second and with support for high dynamic range.

The limitations for the service are currently a bit murky in regard to what platforms are allowed access to Stadia in the smart device and television markets, however. Currently, the only smart devices confirmed to have compatibility with Stadia are Google's Pixel line of smartphones and tablets. The only way to access Stadia on your television is with a Chromecast device, with 4K HDR streaming only available on the Chromecast Ultra.

Google also launched a development portal site for Stadia to coincide with its public unveiling. The portal showcases multiple advantages for developers interested in Stadia, including arguably the main benefit of any streaming-based platform: the ability to "Reach multiple endpoints from a single code base." This feature is detailed alongside a machine learning-based artstyle development tool known as Style Transfer ML.

The conference concluded with a statement that a follow-up presentation detailing more concrete release info and supported video game software titles will occur this summer (some time between Friday, June 21 and Monday, September 23). Until then, Stadia is tentatively scheduled for a release this year.

Further coverage:
Ars Techinca
Engadget (1 | 2 | 3)
The Verge (1 | 2 | 3 | 4)
VentureBeat (1 | 2 | 3)