Google Announces Stadia, Their Streaming Service

Google made their big GDC announcement today, and it is indeed for their own game streaming service which they call Stadia. This revives the original promises rolled out with the first cloud gaming announcement, saying all the computation and rendering will happen on the back end, allowing high-end games to be played on any screen without a console or an expensive computer. An article on NBC news relates the details, noting games need to be developed for the platform: "Google needs game studios to build titles for Stadia. It says developers can build on its cloud or in their own studios. id Software is already building 'Doom Eternal' for Stadia and demoed it on stage. Another developer, Tequila Studios, showed its game 'Rime' running on the platform." Here's more:
Google explained a bit how it will work. The company said that if someone is watching a video of a game on YouTube, they could hit a button that says "play now" and jump right into playing the game themselves in as fast as five seconds. Today, gamers have to buy physical games or wait, often hours, for the game to download before they can play. Even then, they also need special hardware to play those games.

Google says Stadia will run on "any screen type" but it will work on desktops, laptops, TVs, tablets and phones at launch. There's no box at all.

"With Stadia, the data center is your platform," Google said. A gamer can start on one platform and then pick up where they left off on another devices, which means you might game on your computer and then continue on your phone when you leave the house.

People will be able to play with a keyboard and mouse or a special Stadia controller that Google will sell. It has a capture button that lets people share their games right to YouTube so that other people can watch. It also has a Google Assistant button, which gives access to the microphone for speaking to in-game features that developers will be able to build into their games.

Google said it will support 4K games at 60fps with HDR but that, in the future, will support games up to 8K resolution. Most people don't yet own 8K TVs and only the most recent gaming consoles from Microsoft and Sony currently support 4K HDR gaming.

AMD helps Google power Stadia's graphics rendering in the cloud. AMD shares were up about 7 percent on news that it was partnering with Google on Stadia.
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AH! There you have the reason why 720p are the new default resolution on youtube. It seem google need all bandwidth they can get for this new streaming service at the expense on their old services...

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