Google Stadia is the dream of all gamers: the streaming service makes it easy to play blockbusters such as Doom Eternal, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, The Shadow of The Tomb Raider and others on their smartphones or tablets – without annoying updates and installation times. Is Google planning to have its own single-player initiative on top of that?
“The future is not a box, it’s a place, a stage,” said Phil Harrison, vice president and general manager of Google Stadia, Harrison is an industry celebrity: he launched the Xbox for Microsoft, switched to Sony, has the Playstation 3 and 4, and was instrumental in the success of Sony’s blockbusters such as Killzone and Horizon: Zero Dawn , and Google’s vision is to connect gaming and YouTube much more – and eliminate any barrier online.
Gaming PC – but not locally, but in the cloud via streaming
What makes Google Stadia so special? You do not need to buy ultra-high-end hardware anymore, you gain access to an AMD graphics card with 10.2 teraflops via the platform. For comparison: Currently the Xbox One X with 8 Terraflops is the most powerful console in the world. The graphics unit, specially designed for Google’s data centers, is supported by a 2.7 GHz x86 processor with 16 GB of RAM. In other words, with Stadia, every player gets a very powerful gaming PC, just not locally in the living room or office, but in the cloud via streaming.
Google Stadia is also exciting because it’s supposed to connect the communities of each game and YouTube more closely. Here is an example directly from the demo: You will not get in one of these tricky dungeons of Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Traditionally, you would now enter the name of the mission on Youtube and you would have to search a long time to find exactly the solution for this job. The streaming service could help here.
The Stadia controller has a built-in microphone that has a Google Home integrated. You simply say, “I have problems with this dungeon,” and the system already knows where you are in the level. It starts the search, shows the right video and the right spot in the video. After all, everything is permanently streamed and synchronized via server. Incidentally, part of this technique is that you can send a friend an invitation link to join your game. “I’ve always considered it a shame that for decades we’ve taken links in emails for granted, but we can not use this feature for gaming. We want to change that, “says Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO.
Google with single-player initiative under Jade Raymond?
For Stadia Google Jade has committed Raymond. She is the vice president of the Google internal gaming studios. Is the billion-dollar company planning its own single-player initiative? One thing is clear: Raymond has never worked on multiplayer titles, but is a proven single-player specialist. She became famous as a producer of Assassin’s Creed, then moved into management to build Ubisoft Toronto. After that, Raymond was responsible for the creation of EA Motive, among others – who staged the complete singleplayer campaign for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 .
Raymond says, “When I was 12, I saw the holo deck in Star Trek. And even if most of the games at that time were sidescrollers – like Mega Man – I always knew we would eventually experience completely immersive worlds. And now we are facing a revolution in gaming: Now the data center is our platform and the processor power is endless. “Because developers can not just use a graphics card with Google Stadia – just like in a console. But two or more, which will allow much larger, more lively open worlds. Phil Harrison already speaks of thousands of NPCs, all of whom respond individually. As in Red Dead Redemption 2. Therefore, Raymond also speaks of “completely immersive worlds”.
Doom Eternal or Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey on Smartphone and Tablet
Who does not like taking his smartphone or tablet with him to the quiet place? Just. In the future, you can play your favorite games anywhere in the home or on the go, on any device. Stadia basically only needs the Chrome browser. In the future, you will also be able to play on flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 , Huawei P30 or iPhone XS Max high-end titles. You can start a session of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey on TV and then take the Android tablet or iPad into the garden and continue on there.
The games can be streamed to any device with Internent connection. Because the controller is not connected as usual via Bluetooth with the individual devices, but with your Wifi in the house, he recognizes independently, which screen is currently active and automatically switches. And yes, with the right dataflat you will most likely be able to play on the bus or the train. With the necessary data power , our partners are happy to equip you.
Still, several questions remain unanswered: the price is a secret, as is the startup lineup and which games are currently under development at Google for Stadia. More details, the Internet giant wants to publish in the summer. Google Stadia is scheduled to launch in 2019. Free after Phil Harrison: The gaming future is already very close.