Google’s New Cloud-Based Gaming Platform Is Kind of a Big Deal

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Google’s New Cloud-Based Gaming Platform Is Kind of a Big Deal

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You guys. I am not in any way, shape, or form exaggerating when I say that Google’s announcement at this year’s Game Developers Conference blew my freakin’ mind. Here’s everything you definitely want to know about their new cloud-based video game platform:

  • The platform is called Stadia.
  • Once launched later this year (no specific date yet), gamers will no longer need to rely on individual consoles to play AAA games.  
  • Rather, they can play any hosted game on any device they own (smart phone, tablet, TV) – as long as there is an Internet connection, of course.
  • Players can also transfer games in progress across said devices in mere seconds.
  • Games will run on a cloud powered by 7,500 servers set up across the globe, each containing a custom AMD processor containing a GPU capable of 10.7 teraflops of data processing.
  • For comparison, this is more than the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro combined and is on par with many of the top PC gaming graphics cards.
  • This means that you’ll be able to play games at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second with HDR.
  • This isn’t just a gaming platform; it’s also a development platform, where devs can access top-of-the-line tools like Epic Games’ Unreal Engine and Unity, not to mention a suite of custom debugging and tuning tools.
  • There’s also a machine-learning-based style transfer tool that devs can use to apply any aesthetic of their choosing. As long as you have a photo, the tool can do the rest.
  • Devs can create games that tap into one or multiple servers, giving them access to virtually limitless processing power.
  • A custom playing controller is optional, although you may want to opt for one since it contains both a button for instantly sharing your game play on YouTube and accessing Google Assistant to help steer you through difficult portions.
  • Oh, and those YouTube shares aren’t just the same-old, same-old recordings of previous game experiences – gamers can now share playable links to specific points in their game.
  • There will also be links for viewers on YouTube to instantly join live play.
  • OK, fine, there’s one more thing – Google now has its very own first-party development studio called Stadia Games and Entertainment. And it just happens to be run by Jade Raymond – you know, of Ubisoft fame.

For more information, head on over to Stadia.dev. You can also check out our live Twitter thread about the announcement here, since we honestly couldn’t help but geek out about it in real time.

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