Google announces Stadia, a gaming platform for everyone coming in 2019


At its GDC keynote today, Google announced Stadia, a gaming platform that's meant to bring developers, content creators, and players together in a new way. The service will rely on Google's data servers to bring games to everyone, as demonstrated late last year with Project Stream and Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Stadia will allow players to enjoy their favorite games regardless of the device their using as well make them more quickly accessible. For example, when you watch a game trailer on YouTube for a specific title, a "Play Now" button will allow players to start playing in as little as five seconds, without a typical download or install process.

Initially, the experience will work on desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones, and the most interesting thing about it is that you can easily switch the experience seamlessly across any of your devices. There's virtually no transition time between platforms, allowing you to easily switch from a phone to a TV (through Chromecast), and from there to a computer.

While gamers will be able to use any control method they prefer to play games on Stadia, Google is introducing the Stadia controller, which it claims will offer the best possible experience. This is because, unlike most controllers, the Stadia controller connects via Wi-Fi directly to the game on Google's data centers, rather than to your specific device. This also means you can easily use the same controller as you move between devices.

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