Stadia Crowd Play and State Share take streaming to new dimension

Google’s game streaming service could simply make use of its Chromecast dongles

After months of speculation, Google Stadia is finally here.

Raymond didn't have any news on upcoming Stadia games, but that won't be the studio's only responsibility. The service will launch later this year, the company said, without announcing partnerships with the top-tier game developers. Splinter Cell, Civilization, Skyrim, even Super Mario Bros.

This was not a controlled test by Digital Foundry, and it can be assumed that Google had set things up to showcase Stadia in the best light.

Well, the system could theoretically host any of those games. Stadia will support 4K resolution and 60fps at launch, and the platform is fully scalable. More details will be shared this summer, we're told.

A giant S logo, for what is likely Google's highly anticipated gaming announcement, was spotted by 9to5Google on Monday. "We're not the only ones with this thought".

When is it coming and how much will it cost?

"There's no word on pricing, what's the revenue model?" said Joost van Dreunen, co-founder of gaming research firm SuperData. Will players buy standalone titles, or pay for subscription packages? This single Stadia instance has 10.7 teraflops of computing power, compared with 4.2 and 6.0 teraflops for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, respectively.

Google is officially getting into the gaming industry today.

Well, the short answer is that we don't know yet.

Unlike the Project Stream technical test from past year, Stadia is capable of streaming games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second.

Phil Harrison explained the vision for Stadia as "one place for all the games we play", with the intention to bring players, creators, and those who watch gaming-related content together in one place. It is launching its own Stadia controller that you can see below.

For those playing on Chromecast Ultra or on mobile devices, Google unveiled the new Stadia Controller that will join the Google hardware family. The popular service lets gamers stream their console or PC gameplay to audiences across the world, and organized competitions with massive streaming audiences are starting to become mainstream entertainment.

Where will Stadia be available? It will launch later this year, first in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. In the desktop era, gaming drove CPU performance; in the cloud era, with Moore's Law winding down, there's more focus on bandwidth, throughput, and latency.

Apple is reportedly building a Netflix-style gaming service. Even Australia and New Zealand often have to wait ages to access streaming services that Europe and North America get right away.

Always up to date: Since games stream directly from the cloud, players always have your latest version.

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