Google Inc. 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.