Today, at GDC, Google announced their new “video game console”, the Google Stadia, which isn’t really a video game console at all. Stadia is a streaming service which will run on Google’s current servers, which promises to bring no loading and instant gameplay, solely using your wi-fi. Sadly, there is no physical console, but instead you can use anything that can stream a video signal. This means you can use your Android, iOS, Smart TVs, Tablet or any other device that can connect to the internet to use the Stadia service. Google are aiming for 4K, utilizing HDR at 60fps, with a planned 8K in the future. Another feature announced was screen connect, a  split-screen couch co-op mode than let’s multiple devices connect to one screen, creating a two player display.

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State share mode was also talked about which will allow developers to save a state to send to other people to resume playing from where the original developer left off, good for testing bugs and possibly harder challenges within the game. Google also teased YouTube integration, in which you can watch a trailer of a game, then at the end, click a PLAY button to start playing that game instantly. A kind of cool feature if everything with the Stadia works out. They also showed off the controller design that leaked a while ago, and as such, it’s quite similar to the mockups that were being made. It still has that awkward look and doesn’t seem to be the best way to play any game, though lightyears better than using a mobile phone as a controller. The controller will connect to the wi-fi and then link up to the service, in the same way smart products work in your home.


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As of right now, no release date (other than a planned release in 2019), prices have been announced, so I have no scope on how much of a money sink this service will be. The only problem I would find is how stable of a connection – for me, personally, I can’t even run Netflix at a solid 480p with the terrible internet in my area, so I’d have no chance playing anything at 4K, HDR or 60fps – what about me? Does that mean I have to miss out on playing Stadia exclusive games? There are many problems that can come up with a fully streaming service and no physical console and I’m not sure how well this can work with the current state of internet – sure most people may have stable internet, but what about people like me? It’s up in the air, but I do wish them luck with their project.