On March 19, Google introduced a new gaming platform at the Game Developers Conference 2019 that will be “open to all”: Via Streaming, Stadia should make it possible to enjoy demanding games without expensive hardware.

Stadia is the platform with which Google wants to conquer video game streaming: without a console and with 4K HDR support at 60 FPS

How Stadia works in practice, Google showed the example of “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey”: If a user discovers a video for the title in the official YouTube channel, he can even enter the game via a play button – within five Seconds and without any download. Stadia will offer “instant access” to games. All you have to do is click on the play button in a YouTube video or a link.

RESOLUTIONUp to 4K HDR at 60 fps during launch and 8K and more than 120 fps in the future
PROJECT STREAMUp to 1080p at 60 fps
CPUCustom 2.7 GHz hyperthreaded x86 CPUs with AVX2 SIMD
GPUCustom AMD with 56 counting units for 10.7 Teraflops with integrated HBM2 memory
GRAPHICS APIHigh performance Vulkan with real-time 3D graphics
MEMORY16GB combined VRAM with RAM with broadband of 484 GB / s
GOOGLE DATA CENTERMore than 7500 global nodes from Google Edge Network
I SENDWiFi with direct connection to Google Stadia
COMPATIBILITYDevices with Google Cast: PC from Chrome, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Televisions

Google Stadia is supposed to revolutionize gaming

According to Google, Stadia will change the gaming world as Spotify and Netflix have revolutionized the film and music business. The platform will be available for launch on laptops, desktops, televisions, tablets and smartphones. The games themselves run on hardware in the data centers of Google. A running game can be continued seamlessly on another device. At the presentation Google also demonstrated this with “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” .

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
Stadia joins the game via the play button on YouTube (© 2019 Google / YouTube)

On the Pixelbook, the Google Pixel 3XL, a desktop PC, a Pixel Slate tablet and a TV with Chromecast Ultra, the game with identical performance belonged to the more demanding titles: With a resolution of 1080p stream, the RPG got along Play 60 frames per second. For the launch, 60 fps should also be possible at a resolution of 4K – with HDR and surround sound. The maximum resolution of course depends on your screen – and probably on your Internet line – from. At a later date Stadia should even support 8K with over 120 fps.

Stadia controller presented

For operation, you can use the input devices that you already own. Alternatively, you access to the also newly introduced Stadia controller. This connects via WLAN with the hardware in Google’s data center. In addition to the usual standard features of Gamepad, the controller brings two according to the manufacturer special keys.

The Stadia controller connects via WiFi (© 2019 Google / YouTube)

The Capture button allows you to share your “gaming experience” in 4K on YouTube – with your friends, the world, or just yourself. There’s also a Google Assistant button. You can use this to activate the built-in microphone in the Stadia controller and ask the assistant for game tips. However, they have to integrate the developers into the game.

Google Stadia hardware dwarfs current consoles

The hardware for Stadia provides AMD. This includes, among other things, a GPU, which offers a computing power of 10.7 teraflops. For comparison, the PlayStation 4 Pro comes to 4.2 teraflops, the Xbox One X to 6.0. The Stadia hardware surpasses in this respect, so to speak, both consoles together. When exactly the games streaming platform is launched, Google has revealed as much as the price of their use. The launch is scheduled for 2019. You can watch the entire presentation of Stadia in the following video.