Google to stream Stadia game platform

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Google LLC this week said it will release the Stadia streaming game platform in 2019.

Stadia is said to offer up to 4K, 60 frames-per-second HDR streaming from a Chrome browser. The platform will be integrated into YouTube to allow users to play a game title from a YouTube page in as little has five seconds.

A Stadia controller will be released at launch to include a standard console analog and button array. The controller will have one-button access to Google Assistant and connect via Wi-Fi to a game-specific server.

Titles announced include Ubisoft Inc.’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and id Software LLC’s DOOM Eternal. In addition to third-party titles, Google announced Stadia Games and Entertainment, a new first-party division to produce original content.

In comparison to current box consoles, Google claims Stadia hardware clocks at 10.7 GPU teraflops compared to Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 Pro at 4.2 GPU teraflops and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One X at 6.0 GPU teraflops.

The final service will offer cross-platform multiplayer functionality.

Google did not disclose high-speed bandwidth requirements, pricing, or launch games.


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