Google is venturing into the gaming scene to revolutionise the video game industry, and it is already getting a lot of traction. On Tuesday 19th March 2019, Google announced Stadia, a new service that lets you play games using a wide variety of devices and an internet connection. It is like Netflix, but instead of films, this time it’s games.
The best part about Google’s Stadia is convenience. With just a television, browser, set-top box or phone (tablet or low-end PC) that can surf using the Chrome browser, you can enjoy the gaming experience. You can also use your own keyboard, mouse and any controller you have lying around. However, using Google’s specialised controller will connect to its services via Wi-Fi.
Google’s Phil Harrison said the ambition of the company was far beyond a single game. It sees this as an opportunity to give players instant access to any game simply by clicking a link. This technology, which has been infused in films and music, has finally found its way to gaming. The project is expected to launch in Europe, Canada and America later in 2019.
Disrupting the status quo
This is revolutionary in the sense that instead of having to spend thousands of naira on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or PS 4, you can simply play games over the internet with any smart device. Even though Google is not the first company to offer online game streaming services, this move is set to disrupt the status quo. Google can afford to make the service cheap.
With a fast internet connection, a smart device and a controller, you can delve into a limitless world of gaming. Just like with Netflix, all you need to do is log in, choose what you want to play and start. Google has also partnered with game developers like Epic Games and Unity. The company’s high-performance servers will stream games at up to 4K ultrahigh-definition video at 60 frames per second. This would mean a swift smooth movement.
Watch the hour-long reveal by Google at the 2019 Game Developers Conference.
Google already says Stadia can deliver games with more performance than the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro combined. It also said it eventually expects to double the performance as game developers create even more complex games.
Google also plans to open a gaming studio called Stadia Games and Entertainment for its own specialised games. For now, though, it plans to work with YouTube to offer new ways for people to compete and play with one another. Google did a test streaming on its browser earlier where users could play the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.