Google has just lifted the curtain on a new game-streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference that’s being held in San Francisco this week.
Unlike services already on the market, Google’s game-streaming service will work on any screen including desktops, laptops, TVs, phones and tablets.
There’s also going to be a heavy emphasis on integrating streaming services like Twitch to create a single unified gaming experience.
What do you need to get started? If you’re playing on PC, all you’ll need is an internet connection to achieve a 60fps/1080p experience – though it’s possible for Stadia to reach 4K/60 and even 8K gaming. (According to Google, Stadia offers 10.7 terraflops of processing power, compared to the 4.2 on PS4 Pro and 6.0 Xbox One X.)
For those playing on Chromecast Ultra or on mobile devices, Google unveiled the new Stadia Controller that will join the Google hardware family.
Of course, this won’t just be a clone of the hardware already out there – the Stadia will include a capture button, a button for YouTube, Google Assistant and a built-in microphone for “special in-game features from devs”.
Move over Steam, this is a Stream Machine
The big focus here is on designing a system that’s both easy to play and easy to show off to your friends. To that end, Stadia will send both a 4K signal to both your device and to YouTube simultaneously, allowing you to record what you’re doing.
If you’re concerned that games might not be playing on their highest setting on Stadia, you’d be incorrect. According to id Software, Doom Eternal will be available on Stadia in 4K HDR at 60 frames per second.