Google launches a new gaming platform: Stadia. The platform is built on the Google Cloud Platform and games are streamed directly to a Chrome browser. This means that the player can play the games within five seconds, without download and installation. This new platform fits with Google's view on gaming: "The future of gaming no longer fits in a box".
Stadia works on desktops, laptops, smartphones and smart TVs. Users of the platform do not compromise on quality as, according to Google, the quality is the same as that of existing consoles. Google guarantees 4k, 60fps, HDR and surround-sound and 8k will be available in the longer term.
Google provides its own game controller that works via WiFi. Users can share their game via YouTube via a button and help can be requested via a microphone. However, other controllers should also work with the platform.
The platform has already been tested for six months as part of Project Stream. In those six months, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey from Unisoft could be played in the Chrome browser without any additional hardware.
Google plans to launch the platform during the course of this year. In the summer, Google will announce the names of the first game titles. The revenue model is not yet clear. A subscription model is not excluded.
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