Google CEO Sundar Pichai admits he's not a big gamer, but he's got big plans for gamers around the world. Today Google revealed its new game streaming platform, Stadia, with a stated goal to bring the best games to everyone in the world. "When we say for everyone, we really mean it. It's one of our most cherished values at the company," Pichai says.
Here's everything we know about the platform right now.
The Google data center network powering Stadia covers 19 regions, 58 zones, and 200-plus countries and territories, bringing the 4K, 60-fps games to 2 billion people via any device using the Chrome browser. This includes desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and televisions. This means players can bring games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey anywhere they take their devices and pick up right where they left off. In the future, the service will support 8K resolutions.
The tech blades powering the Stadia experience in these data centers are formidable. While the PS4 runs at 4.2 GPU teraflops and the Xbox One X at 6.0 GPU teraflops, and Stadia runs at 10.7 GPU teraflops. It also supports Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. Id's Marty Stratton said Doom Eternal already runs on Stadia running at 4K with HDR at 60 fps.
The Stadia technology also integrates directly into YouTube, allowing players watching a game stream to click a play now button and be playing within five seconds. Streamers can also invite viewers to join their game stream instantly.
The Stadia service works with existing USB controllers, or mouse and keyboard. Google also designed its own matte white controller, which connects through Wi-Fi directly to the game that is running in the Google data center to ensure the highest possible performance. The Stadia controller features two new buttons. The Capture button is for sharing your play with 4K resolution at 60fps, and the Google Assistant button allows players to access the controller's built-in microphone to get help directly from the A.I. assistant.
Yes. Not only that, Google VP Phil Harrison says the service can migrate saves from pre-existing platform.
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