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Google’s New Controller Might Literally Stream Games To Your TV

Google's plans for the future of gaming sound wildly ambitious

Stadia will link all the different ways that gamers play games by being a streaming platform that doesn't require a PC or console. And because it's completely cloud-based, it allows high-end PC gaming on Chromebooks, regardless of their price or specifications. "Stadia offers instant access to play".

Rumors began circulating in 2018 that Google was making a move into gaming with its secretive 'Project Yeti'. Splinter Cell, Civilization, Skyrim, even Super Mario Bros. Your control inputs go back up to the server in close to real time.

Well, the system could theoretically host any of those games. Google will clarify launch games, pricing and more this summer. "The way I see it, there has never been a more exciting time to be a developer". The first game announced for Stadia turned out to be the upcoming Doom Eternal, which Id Software producer Marty Stratton said took a few weeks to get working on Stadia. Here's what we're expecting. "We're not the only ones with this thought".

How much will Stadia cost? Google is targeting a casual gaming crowd with Stadia, the kind of people who don't want to drop a lot of money on hardware. Will players buy standalone titles, or pay for subscription packages? Google says that Stadia users will have access to the power of a custom AMD 2.7GHz x86 processor with 16GB RAM, up to 484GB/s transfer speed, and a GPU that has 10.7 terraflops of power. While a Google press conference might not normally mean a huge amount for gamers, this one may well be worth watching: the company is expected to reveal its gaming plans.

Google’s New Controller Might Literally Stream Games To Your TV
This giant 'S' spotted in San Francisco is almost certainly the logo for Google's highly anticipated game streaming service

Well, the short answer is that we don't know yet. Google recently tested the technology using Ubisoft's "Assassin's Creed Odyssey" under the name Project Stream and said it managed to get 60 FPS and 1080p on low-latency internet connections. However, Google also revealed its own controller.

Google has also unveiled a Wi-Fi-connected Stadia controller that looks like a typical handheld controller but with a pair of special buttons.

Where will Stadia be available? It will launch first in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe.

Stadia will be launching sometime this year, though Google isn't saying exactly when. Because Stadia is rendering in the cloud, multiple instances can work together to render for the players and stream a combined video down to your screen. Google didn't even mention a business model for Stadia. However, both AWS and Microsoft are capable of designing their own processors to meet the needs of a top-tier game streaming service, and the cloud market leaders also maintain sprawling private fiber networks that handle customer traffic. By pressing the above-pictured sequence, players enabled cheats and other effects.

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