“The future of gaming is not a box,” Google says. “It’s a place.”
Google is building a new cloud gaming service, Stadia, for the future of games to be played anywhere. And just like how humans have built stadiums for sports, Google believes it’s building a virtual stadium for gamers (Hence the name, Stadia). You won’t need an expensive gaming PC or a dedicated gaming console. Instead, you’ll just need access to Google Chrome to instantly play games on a phone, tablet, PC, or TV.
Even though existing USB controllers will work on a laptop or PC, Google is launching a new Stadia Controller which will help improving the game streaming experience. It will work with Stadia by connecting directly to the game session in the cloud. This will, of-course, reduce the latency. You will also be able to use a button on the controller to capture and share clips straight to YouTube, and also another button to access the Google Assistant.
Google will ensure servers are as close to players as possible because that’s one of the most important part of Stadia, as lower latency is a necessity to stream games effectively across the internet. Google says it expects to support up to 4K at 60 fps at launch over an internet connection with around 30-Mbps of bandwidth (which converts to 3.75-MBps), and it’s planning to support up to 8K resolutions and 120 fps in the future. Google is also partnering with AMD to build a custom GPU for its data-centers.
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