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Google Reveals Cloud gaming service Stadia

Google Reveals Cloud gaming service Stadia

Stadia can offer 4K HDR video game streaming @ 60fps and in the future, Stadia will be able to stream games in true 8K resolution @60fps.

AMD has now announced that cloud-optimized Radeon datacenter GPUs will power Google's Stadia cloud gaming service.

The news was from broken by 9to5Google last month, who in turn made found a report about the planned update on a Chromium Gerrit page. The first game announced for Stadia will be "Doom Eternal".

The approach could limit Google's revenue from Stadia. Phil Harrison, via Kotaku The platform is meant to work on TVs, tablets, laptops and phones. "The great thing about the games industry is that there's always innovation", Harrison continued, "and we fully expect further iteration in our platform - we're just talking about Gen one at the moment, but there will be iterations on that technology over time".

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Citing multiple anonymous sources close to Walmart, US Gamer claims that Walmart is actively looking into making a video game streaming service of its own. The controller connects through Wi-Fi directly to the game running in the Google data center.

The only requirement for the Stadia is a high-speed internet connection with low latency. Developers can make use of the machine learning-based style transfer tool provided by Google to insert an image into the games' video frames which will mimic the style throughout. It also has a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut, and a built-in microphone to access features created by developers to use in games. All the rendering part of the games will be done in the Google Cloud with the specialized AMG Graphics. In 2018, over 50 billion hours of gaming content was viewed on YouTube, hence, Google designed Stadia so users can highlight, capture, and share moments straight to YouTube.

It is unknown if Stadia will support cross-play between consoles like Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Switch, but at the very least it will support cross-play between Stadia-capable devices like your Chromebooks, Android Pixel phones, and Chromecast.