Today at GDC 2019, Google announced its vision for a new generation gaming platform, called Stadia. For 20 years, Google has worked to put the world’s information at your fingertips. Instant delivery of that information is made possible through their data center and network capabilities, and now they’re using that technology to change how you access and enjoy video games.
Stadia is a new video game platform, delivering instant access to your favorite games on any type of screen—whether it’s a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Google’s goal is to make those games available in resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound. Stadia will be launching later this year in select countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and much of Europe.
When players use Stadia, users will be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. And developers will have access to nearly unlimited resources to create the games they’ve always dreamed of. It’s a powerful hardware stack combining server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage, and with the power of Google’s data center infrastructure, Stadia can evolve as quickly as the imagination of game creators.
Data centers make Stadia possible, but what sets the system apart is how it works with other Google services. In a world where there are more than 200 million people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button. If you watch one of your favorite creators playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, simply click the “play now” button. Seconds later, you’ll be running around ancient Greece in your own game/on your own adventure—no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs.
Google also announced the Stadia controller, which has a direct connection to their data center through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance. The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4k of stunning resolution. And it comes equipped with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone.
You can watch the official Stadia reveal teaser as well as the full Stadia GDC announcement below.