Kyle Winfield | Technology Editor
When thinking of ways to play video games, what usually comes to mind? For most people, they think of one of three things. Consoles like the PS4 or Xbox One. Playing on PC, or handheld consoles, like the Nintendo Switch. However, some out there wish to shake up the way games are played.
Google, most known for… well, a lot of things, has announced the Google Stadia, which is a streaming platform for video games. Sort of like how Netflix is a streaming service for film and television content. This was announced at Google’s GDC keynote, with an accompanying video detailing how the service will work, and showcasing the wifi connected controller that Stadia will use.
The whole point of Stadia is to provide players instant access to games while also implementing a streaming feature through Youtube, another property of Google. Stadia is promising that games could be streamed in 4k resolution and at 60fps immediately from launch. Google even went so far as to state that their Stadia service will be stronger than both Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles.
Google’s GDC conference even included a demonstration of Stadia, showcasing a player instantly accessing a game (in this instance, Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey”) and playing it during the keynote. Stadia is intended to be launched and played from a variety of sources. From the obvious, like desktops and laptops, to more interesting platforms like phones and tablets.
What’s more is that Google also intends to have Stadia feature the ability to allow the player to switch between platforms. Say you’re playing a game on your phone, but your phone is about to die. You would theoretically be able to switch from your phone to your desktop. All while skipping intrusive download times.
Another interesting feature shown off by Google’s Phil Harrison was that Stadia doesn’t require a PC with high or even decent specs to run games, as demonstrated by them running games off of a weak PC, while also maintaining the game’s graphics quality.
Google’s Stadia service will come out sometime in late 2019, though there are no details about pricing or what games will be offered upon launch. These details could presumably be revealed during Google’s E3 conference in the summer of this year. Despite this, Google seems to be confident about this extremely ambitious project.