Google's gaming hardware may not be what you expect.
Google has unveiled its new gaming initiative "Stadia", which features details on players, developers and streamers, and gives a general idea of Google's future game-streaming platform.
Stadia will introduce this year, Google's Phil Harrison confirmed during the Google Stadia conference, however, neither a price nor an exact release date for Google Stadia was announced. The plan is to start first in the US, Canada, UK and Europe.
Harrison recounted more details about the stadiums for the Stadia this summer. This could be a possible time for us to receive information about the Stadia Prize and the publication date. No details on possible VR integration or subscription details were offered. Currently no information about pre-orders for Stadia is available.
The first teaser trailer for Stadia also revealed a look at Google's Stadia controller. Google intends to support Stadia and its features on desktops, laptops, televisions, tablets and phones. Harrison has specifically stated that no console is involved in this process.
Update: The following Google Stadia announcement history has been updated with a much more thorough breakdown of the Google Stadia information we learned from the GDC conference.
Learn more about startup, game setup, features, and the controller.
Google Stadia Platform
Stadia is not a hardware part, but a streaming platform Bridging devices between devices and giving you instant access to your games. You can also continue to integrate YouTube capture, streaming, and sharing. Google aims to stream 4K startup games at 60 frames per second, both for game play and stream sharing, with the goal of supporting 8K and 120+ frames per second. Under the benefits of Stadia's power, Google has confirmed that Stadia is more powerful than the combination of PS4 and Xbox One.
Google's Phil Harrison demonstrated the implementation by highlighting a player's ability to access a game in seconds. A player watched a streamer play the game himself as he stood on stage in Google's GDC 2019 keynote ,
In addition, Harrison and a demo Stadia's ability to give players the ability to bring an experience across Stadia from one platform to another demonstrated a tablet to a Chromecast on TV – without waiting for download times.
Harrison and the other presenters at the Google Stadia conference emphasized that Stadia should be played on a wide range of devices with little technical requirements to play in the way. Harrison emphasized this lack of requirements, as shown in the demo above, by stating that the Google team bought the least powerful PC they could find nearby to Assassin's Creed Odyssey immediately and in high fidelity to play.
Google Stadia Controller
emphasized Harrison's lack of download requirements and the push for "instant access," which involves the physical way in which players control stadium games. Already available controllers work with Stadia, but Harrison has also introduced the Google Stadia controller (see below).
The controller connects directly to the game running on the Google Data Center over Wi-Fi. The controller also has a Capture button, which allows game clips to be stored either privately or globally on YouTube. There is also the Google Assistant button. Players can use the built-in microphone with this button to access features created by developers for use in games. The Konami code was displayed on the Google Stadia controller.
These extra features are uniquely related to the release features of Stadia and Google's efforts to help players, streamers, and developers experience games together.
Industry support for Google Stadia
Google has collaborated with Unreal Engine, Unity and Havok for Stadia, among others. Some third-party game developers and publishers were ready to offer support for Google Stadia, including Ubisoft and ID software.
Last year's implementation of Assassin's project stream Creed Odyssey was the first example of Google's gaming initiative and associated hopes of Stadia.
Google Stadia Features
Google highlighted a number of features that are important to both developers and gamers and that underscore the commonality of Google's Stadia philosophy.
One of the most intriguing features that appeared was state sharing. Essentially, players can pinpoint every moment of a game experience and create a sharable link for that game state. Other players can open this link to just that point and open the same game and start the experience from there.
Google has also highlighted the ability to test new styles through feeding with indie developer Tequilia Works on stage Stadia development tools specific images. Style Transfer ML uses Machine Learning to give developers the ability to integrate new art styles into games and do exactly what they want. Google presented a demo in which a gaming world turned art styles from Starry Night to pencil drawings and Pac-Man.
Crowd Play also integrates with Stadia – This feature allows players watching a YouTube stream to jump straight into a game with this streamer.
Google Stadia Games
Not many games have been confirmed for Google Stadia. We now know that Google has established a Jade Raymond first-party Stadia studio for in-house development, but the company has also partnered with other companies.
Id Software's Marty Stratton came on stage to confirm Doom Eternal for Stadia Ubisoft reaffirmed his commitment to Google's Stadia.
In addition, Star Fox developer Dylan Cuthbert confirmed that he is working on a game for Stadia, which should primarily use the function of Stadia release.
Stadia, Google highlighted tech demos with multiplayer experiences, one with a completely destructible city environment and another multiplayer cadastral experience in the forest.
Google Stadia Release Date, Price
As mentioned above, we have no company release date for the launch of Google Stadia. However, we know that Google plans to launch 2019 for Stadia.
Also, we have no pricing information as to what the streaming platform or the respective Stadia controller will cost. And while technically you do not need to buy a special Stadia console, for players who want to enjoy Stadia on TV, a Google Chromecast is one of the options to play.
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