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Google finally unveils game streaming platform dubbed “Stadia”

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” Originally codenamed Project Yeti Google finally outdoors ‘Stadia’ their new gaming platform at GDC 2019 “

In an earlier post, we indicated that tech giant was working on a game streaming platform that was likely to change the face of gaming; well finally this platform dubbed ‘Stadia’ has been unveiled during a presentation at the Game Developers Conference GDC 2019 in San Francisco.

The new platform has been likened to a “Netflix for games” that allows players to stream from a vast library of titles for a set monthly fee, just like a video-on-demand service. Google says the platform will offer instant access to AAA titles not patches, updates or downloads necessary. However, Google Stadia is not merely a streaming play.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kickstarted the presentation in San Francisco. The executive said Google can now bring high-end video games to any device that can run its Chrome web browser. We already knew this was possible, after all, Google offered a free trial last year that enabled users to stream Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free within its Google Chrome web browser on Mac and PC.

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Google Stadia will support cross-play at launch and as such those playing Pixel 3 will be able to take on rivals on PCs, Chromecast Ultra dongles, and more.

At launch, Google Stadia will be able to stream video games in 4K resolutions up to 60 frames-per-second. It also supports HDR image quality. Google says the platform is scaleable, and will support 8K resolutions at 120 frames-per-second in the future.

At the same time as gamers are playing titles on Google Stadia, the platform can also output a second 4K UHD stream directly onto YouTube. That means players will be able to revisit their highlights, or stream to the community in the highest possible quality available.

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One of the coolest things about it is that existing USB controllers such a Xbox ,Playstation will work with Stadia on laptops and desktop computers the company has also produced its own Stadia Controller.

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Stadia controllers gives users the option of using Wi-Fi; directly to control game sessions on the streaming cloud. This is intended to help resolve the latency issues that have plagued earlier iterations of this type of game-streaming service cutting out the PC, smartphone or Chromecast displaying the game entirely.

The Stadia controller has a designated hardware button to capture and share clips directly to YouTube, as well as a Google Assistant button that activates Google’s AI assistant.

Source: t3.com

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