How is this possible you ask? How can Stadia allow gamers to leave their bulky gaming consoles and such behind? Pichai says the service can be used on devices with a Chrome browser and an Internet connection. That means Stadia will be launching on desktops, laptops, TVs, tablets and phones. It will also function across platforms, bridging the gaps between Xbox, Playstation and PC.
The fact that Google has been working on a gaming platform is no surprise. It's all over the Internet, reported by techcrunch, amongst others. They even launched a sort of pilot for Stadia in allowing gamers to stream gameplay of Assassin's Creed Odyssey at 1080p in 60fps via Internet browser last autumn. Google shared that, at launch, Stadia will support 4K at 60fps, with surround sound and HDR. They are also working on 8K 120 fps support in the future.
The Stadia Controller
There is even a dedicated Stadia controller, which looks a lot like an Xbox controller. The interesting thing here is the fact that you can use your existing, third-party controller, as well as keyboard and mouse to game the Stadia way.
Junk In The Trunk
To create the necessary hardware for Stadia, Google partnered with AMD to create a custom high-end GPU for Stadia that the company says will push more than 10.7 teraflops. This makes the output of both the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro look simply tiny in comparison.
Fighting Up The Ladder
Google isn't a gaming giant. They are beginners, although Android is a giant mobile gaming platform. Stadia will be competing with some heavyweight competition in the gaming market, with Microsoft and Valve being two great examples. With YouTube Gaming and some ridiculously huge infrastructure already in place (like Google's data centers), it seems totally feasible that Stadia will be successful.
Stadia Games And Entertainment
Stadia will also have its own first-party game studio – Stadia Games and Entertainment – which will be headed by Jade Raymond. The video game industry veteran had this to say: “I’m excited to announce that, as the head of Stadia Games and Entertainment, I will not only be bringing first-party game studios to reimagine the next generation of games. Our team will also be working with external developers to bring all of the bleeding-edge Google technology you have seen today available to partner studios big and small.”
And There Was Much Rejoicing
Gamers will rejoice being able to run gigantic video games on nothing more than a Chrome browser and an Internet connection. Doing this across all devices could be a total revelation in the gaming industry. As most programmers will tell you – Google usually executes their projects (nearly) flawlessly. They simply work. The competition in the gaming industry should take heed.