Google’s New Cloud-Based Gaming Platform Is Kind of a Big Deal
'The future of gaming is not a box; it's a place.'
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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.
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