Imagine a world where you can play even the most demanding AAA titles of your choice without expensive gaming hardware! Yes, a world where you can just open the Chrome browser, pick a game of your choice and play it instantly without having to download or install anything whatsoever. Sounds too good to be true, isn't it?
Well, even I wouldn't have believed it if it wasn't for Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, who took the stage last night at GDC to announce the company's new game streaming service called Stadia. Yes, the service will essentially let you play any AAA title of your choice with just a tap of a button in your Chrome browser. You can play your games on any device of your choice, provided that you have a solid internet connection. No Downloads and no installation.
According to Google, Stadia's cloud computing power is equivalent to a console running at 10.7 GPU teraflops, which is more than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined. So let's take a quick look at the service and see how it works.Here's How Stadia Works
As long as you are connected to a fast and stable internet connection, and you're using the latest version of Chrome browser, you can use Stadia and all its features. Like I said earlier, all you need to do is open the Chrome browser, visit stadia.com or tap the video game's link, and start playing.
The service requires a streaming rate of 15Mbps, latency below 40ms and data loss below 5-percent. Don't worry, Google will run a quick connection test before dropping you into a game, so you'll know if your connection can handle it.
As soon as you start playing the game, it'll go fullscreen and run just like it would normally on, say, a gaming PC or a console. You can choose to play with either a keyboard and a mouse or use Google's own Stadia controller, which it launched yesterday along with the service itself.
The details are still murky, but Google says that Stadia will eventually be able to scale up to 8K/ 120+ fps, which is just insane. You'll still have to be logged in to the respective game service like UPlay for Ubisoft, etc. but that's not really an issue, is it?What Games Will Be Available On Stadia?
Sadly, Google didn't give us much info about the game, but we do have a good idea about what to expect.
For instance, Google was able to give us a demo of Assassin's Creed Odyssey at 1080p 60fps, which according to Ubisoft, requires a powerful rig. So if Stadia was able to run that without much of a hassle, then I believe the service is going to be capable of playing a whole lot of games at these settings.
It is also worth pointing out that Google has launched its own studio called Stadia Games and Entertainment. This studio will be put to work for designing games exclusively for Google's game streaming platform. So yes, Google seems pretty ambitious about this service.
The service is launching this year in select regions like the US, Canada, UK, and Europe, and there's no info about its arrival in India.