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GOOGLE’S IN THE GAME
GOOGLE took to the stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week to reveal its new gaming initiative – Stadia.
This is not a new hardware platform for gamers – “no boxes” as Google put it – but a cloud-based system that allows players to dive in anywhere, from laptop to desktop, from phone to tablet.
Google says the games on offer (which will, of course, require high-speed internet access) will be console quality and stream in 4K HRD up to 60fps, when possible.
There’s even a Google-made controller in the works.
The big innovation, though, is a close tie-in with YouTube – which, of course, is already a massive platform for gamers… although at the moment, only for watching them.
Google says that with Stadia, gamers will be able to click instantly into playing a game while watching a video of it…
Aside from that, they didn’t say much about how the whole thing would work – only that it would require the Chrome browser on computers, and would work only on Android in the mobile world, at least at first.
There was no word on pricing, or on whether it would be a subscription service, or a store-type experience.
It will, though, be coming “some time this year”.
Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaking at the GDC Game Developers Conference
The controller for Google’s gaming initiative, Stadia