After all the speculation of a supposed “Project Yeti”, a platform that allows you to stream Triple-A games on any Google-enabled device. They did a short demonstration last year with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey being able for streaming on Google Chrome in its entirety. Last night, Google finally unveiled their new platform: the Google Stadia.
What Is The Stadia?
The first thing you need to know about the Stadia is that it is not a console, it is a platform - something like Steam or the Epic Games Launcher. The main selling point is the streaming aspect, allowing you to stream games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Civilisation VI on any Google device. With the wide swath of devices using Google, this effectively allows for these games to be stream to all kinds of device. From Smart TVs, to Chromebooks and PCs, and even smartphones.
What kind of Internet speed is required?
The main concern when it comes to streaming big games is the issue of internet speed, and according to Google themselves: “To get 1080p, 60 frames per second, required approximately 25 megabits per second.” This is a key aspect to the viability to this platform, and only time will tell if the platform delivers what it offers.
What device is best for it?
Hardware-wise, Google is saying that the Chromecast is the best way to go to actually experience the full gaming experience on your TV. Bad news is that to actually experience games on Stadia, you have to use the Stadia controller and you’re going to need an extra dongle to connect the controller. Other Bluetooth controllers like the Xbox One or PS4 controllers will not work. Though if you are streaming through your PC, then any controller is fine.
What games are on this platform?
Well nothing has been announced just yet, though there are hints of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Civilisation VI coming to the platform. Google also notes that the Stadia will support cross-platform play, so Fortnite and Minecraft seems like good guesses of games coming to it.
Overall, while we may not be in the dark on this mysterious new platform anymore, there is still so much we do not know about the Google Stadia. It will launch later this year for the U.S, Canada, the UK, and Europe, no word on an Asian release just yet. We’ll definitely find out more during this year’s E3.