At the Game Developers Conference yesterday, Google Stadia was officially announced – a platform that plans to bring a “widely accessible” gaming platform with console-quality games on Chrome, Android, and TV.
Stadia is reportedly powered by the “Best of Google, inspired by developers and amplified by YouTube creators.” With Stadia, YouTubers can press “Play now” at the end of a gaming video, and be brought into that game within 5 seconds. The service provides “instant access” via button or link, just like most content on the web.
Once launched, Stadia will be available on desktops, laptops, TV, tablets, and phones. This will include Chrome OS. Effortless switching will allow users to navigate between all devices and save their “state” – like a Netflix for games. Additionally, Stadia will support cross-platform play for developers and gamers on other consoles.
Stadia will support 4K at 60FPS with HDR and surround sound capabilities. A “Crowd Play” feature enables watchers to join a game being streamed, with creators able to manage the queue. Another cool feature will be the Google Assistant integration which allows users to ask “how do I beat this level?” inside the Stadia platform without having to use another device to open a YouTube walkthrough.
Google will be opening a “first-party studio” called ‘Stadia Games and Entertainment’ to begin creating content. Stadia will launch later this year and will initially be available in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Watch the official reveal below for more information.