It’s showtime for Google, who have ended years of tiptoeing around the games industry and have only bloody gone and done it. Google has announced Stadia, tagged as one place for everyone to play. Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the showcase, with his first words oddly being “I don’t really play games, I’m not a big gamer.” Solid start.
Unsurprisingly, Google has gone headfirst into streaming for its attempt to breach the world of gaming. It’s games as a service, on a service. How wonderful.
There's no console hardware to speak of for Google Stadia. It's a service that can run on laptops, tablets, mobile phones, PCs, web browsers, or even straight to your TV provided you have a Google Chromecast Ultra.
Google demonstrated how quickly a game can be played from someone's library. Users can click 'Play' on the Chrome browser and begin playing the game within It's an awesome idea, in theory, but it got a bit of a kick in the teeth when my video stream of the conference started buffering.
id Software's Marty Stratton got onstage to show-off Doom Eternal, claiming the game will be playable on Google Stadia at 4K, 60 frames per second, with HDR support. He said Doom Eternal took a fortnight to make playable on the Stadia, so it looks as if it's going to be a rapid process in terms of getting games on the service.
It's a long old conference so we'll update you once we hear more on Google Stadia.
Google Stadia Artists Impression
The Google GDC 2019 Gaming Announcement took place live this afternoon at 5pm GMT, or 10am PDT if you’re Stateside. A number of the industry’s biggest names took to the stage during the event, with quite the collection of publishers preparing to bring their games to Stadia.