We all knew that Google was planning on entering the gaming space. What we didn’t know was how they were planning on doing this. Today, Google has officially revealed its new gaming platform, Stadia.
Instead of Stadia being a console, Google explained that it is meant to be more of a unifying platform, for all games, gamers and content creators.
Basically, Stadia is a platform that aims to let gamers play any game on any platform, such as a TV, laptop or even a phone. So, it turns out that Stadia is aiming to become the Netflix of gaming. How this works is that Google itself will be handling all of the processing power required to play your favourite game, which is then streamed to your respective device.
During the reveal, it was noted that Google’s data centres for Stadia will make use of GPUs that can deliver 10.7 teraflops of power. That’s more than the 6 teraflops of the Xbox One and the 4.1 teraflops of the PlayStation 4. Each Stadia instance will also be powered by a 7.2GHz x84 processor with 16GB of RAM.
Remember that Google patent for a controller that was doing the rounds a while back? Well, Google has also revealed that they will be launching the controller which will include a sharing button and also will let you launch Google Assistant instantly. Of course, you will be able to play games using Stadia with any controller with a USB plugin as well.
The service also brings with it a few unique elements such as State Share that allows a player to capture a moment in a game and then share this with other players. This captured moment can then be clicked on which will allow players to experience that same moment. Crowd Play is another neat feature which will allow streamers to include a link in their live video gameplay that essentially creates a lobby system of the session. When players click on the link they will be put into a lobby waiting to join the game.
While uniting gamers is an honourable ideal, many questions still remain unanswered. For instance, how will developers be compensated for their games? Will they be paid a set licence fee or will it be a “pay per play model”? This is something Google will need to implement correctly if they want to will over developers to their service.
Stadia is set for release this year.