The Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2019 brought us some big news from Google. The tech giant has just announced its new cloud gaming service, Google Stadia, which will launch this year.
Stadia cloud gaming platform announced at GDC 2019
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, has made a significant announcement during the GDC 2019. He introduced the new Stadia cloud gaming service, describing it as a platform. Pichai talked about Google’s plans to stream games to all kinds of devices soon.
Google Stadia is expected to launch in 2019 in the United States, Canada, UK, and Europe. This new cloud gaming service will be apparently able to stream games from the cloud to Chromecast, the Chrome browser and also to Pixel devices.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was the first game tested using the new service
During Stadia’s announcement, Phil Harrison, who is a former Microsoft and Sony executive, also went on stage and gave more details about the new service. He mentioned that the company plans to use YouTube, together with its many creators, to amplify the new game streaming service.
This service has been tested before by Google when Chrome users were allowed to stream games in their browser. The first and the only game that was tested publicly using the service developed by the tech giant was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. These public tests ended in January.
Google Stadia will revolutionize the way users play games
Google Stadia will offer players instant access to games, which means that they will not need to download or install them on their devices. When the new cloud gaming service launches, players will be able to stream games across phones, tablets, desktops, laptops, and TVs.
Google will also launch a Stadia Controller, whose purpose will be to power the game streaming service. This new controller looks like a combination between an Xbox and a PS4 controller. The company has mentioned that more than 100 studios already have dev kits for the new cloud gaming service and apparently more than 1,000 engineers and creatives are currently working on titles that will work on Stadia.
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