Google officially unveiled today their Stadia cloud gaming service at the 2019 Game Developers Conference. It’s designed to run on PCs, Macs, Android devices and even Google’s Chromecast devices. Launching some time this year, it will run a collection of current PC games on Google’s centralized servers that can be played with a new game controller (or existing ones), Just press the “play now” button on any web browser, and the game begins “in as quick as five seconds…with no download, no patch, no update, and no install.” Read more to watch the entire reveal summed up in a five minute video.
“With Stadia, this waiting game will be a thing of the past,” said Google’s Phil Harrison. Everything is designed to load in 5 seconds or less, which means once you buy a game it can instantly be played or watched. In other words, you can simultaneously play a game in 4K 60fps, livestream it to YouTube in 4K 60fps, and also invite viewers to join in. That’s right, you can play games anywhere you have a good internet connection at up to 4k 60fps, with future plans for 8k and beyond.