Google LLC this week released the Stadia game platform.
The game streaming service launched in 14 countries including the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
Launch titles include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: The Collection, GYLT, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Samurai Shodown, Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Thumper, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
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 Stadia Pro subscription is sold at $9.99 per month and includes 4K, 60FPS streaming in addition to a library of free games, including Destiny 2: The Collection.
Non subscription Base users can stream at 1080p and purchase individual digital titles to play.
A 10MB per second download is suggested to stream at 720p, 20MB per second at 1080p and 35MB per second at 4K.
The platform is integrated into YouTube to allow users to play a game title from a YouTube page in as little has five seconds.
The Stadia controller includes 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.
The final service offers cross-platform multiplayer functionality.