The future of the game consoles industry is in the cloud, and Google knows. For thirty years and more, along with tv sets, game consoles have been a constant presence in living rooms. Stadia, the first Google gaming service, shrinks them to just a controller.
Google’s debut in gaming Project Stream was based on the popular Chrome browser. Gamers could stream and play the recent Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Stadia is the next step, a virtual console that will be launched later this year in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Europe. It will bring games, including AAA titles, to every display, from smartphones to TVs, with 4K resolution at 60fps. Stadia will get a big advantage thanks to the new superfast 5G networks. Doom Eternal is one of the first titles announced for the new gaming platform.
“In a world where there are more than 200 million people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button”, Google says. With no physical console, Stadia has an official controller, WiFi-connected to the internet, with a button for game sharing (like the one on PS4’s joypad) and another one for Google Assistant.