Google Stadia: The Future of Gaming is Here!

The world of gaming is changing. Take a minute to imagine a world in which you don't need expensive gaming hardware to play the next big budget release. A world where all you ever have to do is open up the Chrome browser, select a game you'd like to play and then have it instantly begin without a lengthy download. Well, that will soon become a reality when Google's cloud gaming service, Stadia, is launched. Google wants to free gamers from the expensive hardware and long download times gaming often requires with its upcoming Stadia cloud streaming service. From Chrome tab to 4K, 60fps game, in five seconds. No installation required. Ever.

The future of gaming is not a box. It's a place. This is Stadia. One place for all the ways we play. Let's explore!

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What is Google Stadia?
Stadia is a new game streaming platform from Google that doesn't require an expensive console or PC. Instead, it uses the cloud to deliver high-end gaming to people around the world, whether they're using a smartphone, Chromebook, Chromecast, or tablet. Because Stadia is built around the cloud, gamers can instantly access titles without the need of a physical disc or frustrating download. Google said gamers can boot up the game of their choice in as little as five seconds.

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When players use Stadia, they'll be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. But Stadia is more than a video game streaming service for gamers. During the keynote presentation, Google highlighted how through Stadia, developers can make cross-platform multiplayer games that work across devices such as PC, TV, mobile phones, and tablets at the same time.

At launch, Stadia will allow you to stream games in up to 4K quality and 60 frames-per-second. In the future, Google says that it'll allow for streaming in 8K at 120 frames-per-second. In other words, it'll be just as powerful as the Xbox One X at launch and only get better as time goes on.

How Google Stadia works?

Good news is as long as you've got a stable and fast internet connection, and you're using a recently desktop version of the Google Chrome browser, you've got all you need to get started with Google Stadia. To get started, Google will prompt you to run a connection test that checks your internet bandwidth, the latency between your computer and the servers, and any data loss. Google requires a streaming rate of 15Mbps, latency below 40ms, and data loss below 5%. With these requirements met, you’ll be ready to dive into a game.

All of your inputs on the computer get sent over to Google’s servers, processed in the game, and everything happening gets streamed right back to you. The limits of Stadia are still being detailed, but Google has stated that Stadia will eventually be able to scale up to 8K / 120+fps frame rates, with 4K/ 60 fps play as the norm.

Stadia will also work well with Google Chromecast, which means you'll be able to stream its games straight to any TV using Google's streaming dongle, not to mention phones and computers. You'll be able to use keyboard and mouse or a gamepad to play Stadia, and Google's Stadia gamepad, a brand new piece of hardware, seems particularly smart. It has a dedicated Google Assistant button, which Google claims will be loaded up with information on the title you're playing, offering tips when needed, or allowing you to access special in-game features from developers. 

Stadia will stream games to players from Google’s Data Centers in 200 countries and territories. To achieve all this, Google has partnered with chipmaker AMD to develop build a specialised GPU for its data centers. The chip aims to deliver 10.7 teraflops of power (compare that to the 4.2 teraflops of the PS4 Pro or 6 teraflops of the Xbox One X).

Features of Google Stadia

Stadia offers a host of cool functions and perks for gamers; here are some of the main features you would surely love:

1. Goodbye, console: The first thing people will notice is that in order to play games on Stadia, you won’t need any sort of gaming console. No need to hook up a clunky piece of hardware or wait for your device to boot up.
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2. Graphics won’t be compromised: With cloud-based gaming services, it’s somewhat usual to experience lagging issues or a decrease in graphic quality. This sort of problem won’t exist at all according to Stadia’s developers and testers. In fact, Stadia is apparently capable of playing 4K HDR graphics at a rate of 60 FPS! Cloud-based gaming has never looked so beautiful.

3. Game wherever you want:With no console, you can play whenever, wherever.Stadia allows gamers to play across any screen: TV’s, computers, tablets, and even phones! Basically, if you are using a device that can play video then you’ll be able to play Stadia.

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4. Hello social life: Who said you need to lock yourself in at home to play games? Stadia comes with tons of social features and functions to keep you connected with friends and other gamers around the world. Google wanted to create a platform that allows people to play, watch and create video games all from one place, and they’ve absolutely nailed it with Stadia.

5. Integration with YouTube: Stadia has also been designed to bring YouTube creators and audiences together. This YouTube connectivity ties in with another Stadia feature, Crowd Play. Gamers watching a livestream will have the option of clicking and joining a lobby that allows them to access the game in progress. This could not only boost Stadia sales, but will also encourage a whole new level of interaction between gamers and their favorite streamers and creators.

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Google didn't reveal an exact launch date for Stadia, saying it will be available sometime this year in the US, Canada, Europe, and the UK. The search giant said to expect more information this summer. Although it hasn’t been confirmed by Google, it’s likely that Stadia will enable you to stream blockbuster games, which ordinarily would be exclusive to consoles or high-end PCs, on your smartphone or tablet.

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Google may be ready with a new cloud-based gaming platform, but it’s too early to predict its impact on the video gaming market in general. The idea of streaming video games is intriguing, but it is yet to catch the attention of mainstream gamers. Google promises that Google Stadia's cloud computing power is the equivalent of a console running at 10.7 GPU terraflops, which is more than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined. If Google delivers on this promise, then it could be a total game-changer – both figuratively and literally.

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