Streaming video games from any platform
At GDC 2019, Google surprised everyone with the announcement of Stadia, its new console dedicated to streaming video games. This is the first service that allows you to play on any device as long as you have a fast internet connection.
Games and hardware work as a cloud, so there is no need to buy anything other than the service itself. A bit like Netflix in short, with the difference that Stadia includes only video games. It will be possible to play in 4K with HDF at 60fps, and also 8k 120fps if you wish, plus cross-platform multiplayer, local split-screen and much more.
There is no hardware to buy, except for an optional controller that Google says can reduce input lag (ie command-response delay) but it will also be possible to use other controllers plus mouse and keyboard plug and play. The controller will have functions for sharing streaming and video publishing on YouTube, thus opening up further creative avenues for streamer and video editor.
According to the games, Doom Eternal, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and projects in partnership with Ubisoft, CryEngine, Tequila Works, Unreal Engine and others have already been announced. The developer kits have already been sent and the major development houses would already be submitting work on the launch titles for the service. Great news for those who are tired of continually buying consoles or updating their hardware regularly, even spending large amounts.
New details on Google Stadia will arrive in the coming months. Meanwhile, those who have tried it with their hands say they are extremely satisfied with the graphics, performance and very low latency. We wait to try it to give you our impressions.