Last week, Google began teasing what we could only imagine was some form of video game streaming device. They dabbled with the technology last year in a partnership that saw Ubisoft and Google partner in bringing a test run of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey to Chrome via Project Stream. Today at GDC, we finally saw what they were building towards – Google Stadia.
It’s possible thanks to Google’s vast network of data centers spread across hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber optic lines. Said lines stretch an impressive 19 regions, 58 zones and are found within over 200 plus countries and territories. Combined, these data centers give Google Stadia 10.7 GPU teraflops. That’s more than the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro put together.
Google is promising “a game platform for everyone.” If you have a device that can run Google Chrome, then you have a device that is capable of playing via Google Stadia. There are no downloads with Stadia. You simply click play via a link and the title begins streaming to your device in seconds. With Google’s new option, the downloading of a new title throughout the night appears to be over.
Chrome has also been updated to allow for your current console controllers to work with it to play Google Stadia games. Google also has debuted a new Google Stadia controller which they say allows for the best possible experience. Instead of Bluetooth, the Stadia controller connects directly to the Google data centers through Wi-Fi. Ensuring limited latency while streaming your games.
Google Stadia also touts an advancement in multiplayer games through their streaming system. Because data isn’t routed through the public internet, Stadia allows for more consistent bandwidth coming straight from their data centers. And they also promise a multiplayer platform that features no cheating and no hacking.
The hour long announcement of Google Stadia wrapped up without any details on pricing. Google did confirm that Stadia will debut within the United States, Canada, U.K. and Europe this year. They promise more details for us this summer. E3 perhaps?