Is the death of video gaming consoles finally upon us? Meet Google’s STADIA, the next generation gaming platform
Hey Guys Google has finally joined the world of gaming with this semi new innovation. Honestly I did not see this coming.
Apparently its been making the rounds on social media that Google was going to introduce a cloud based gaming platform. They revealed the Google Stadia gaming platform to be launched this year 2019 but no specific date was announced.
One of the reasons for this as stated by Google was to bring the world of Gamers and those like me who prefer to watch others play video games. Believe me, its a thing to watch video games on YouTube these days. The primary reason behind this innovation is to cut out the idea of consoles all together and replace it with the cloud or what Google called STADIA gaming platform
The ability to go directly from watching a video game trailer on YouTube to clicking on the play now option to take you into the game via a browser in a matter of seconds was the first instance of the show. Mind blowing right? Probably not. Google promises that with Stadia, waiting for a game to download to a console or PC will become a thing of the past. This was the main selling point
How would this work? Well at the presentation they stressed there will be no need for hardware accelerators or high spec machines as the games will run directly from Google’s data centre. Noticed any issues with that yet?
Another feature shown was the transfer of the gaming session seamlessly from laptop to tablet to pc to mobile phone to your TV using a chrome cast ultra HDMI streamer which i thought was really cool and reminded me of the Nintendo Switch.
Controller – The only hardware you would require you might already own. Stadia is compatible with your already existing gaming controllers and keyboard/mouse for all you PC gamers; and of course a screen. Also you can purchase the stadia controller. It looks just like an Xbox controller with a few extra buttons for google assist and another button called the capture button –this allows you to capture your screen and live stream it on your YouTube channel. Some of its features include wireless connection to the game running in the data centre and link it with your device.
OS is obviously Linux operating system and open graphics API vulkan.
Unreal is the Engine platform Google partnered with to bring to us this innovation.
I’m only aware of one game at the moment that is Guaranteed to be on the platform and that is DOOM Eternal. Running at 60fps UHD 4K on high performance servers.
Now here are the upsides to begin with:
Seamless gaming from one PC to laptop to mobile phone.
Predictable low latency due to the client and server being connected to the google backbone. In other words client to ISP to cloud and can support up a thousand streamers per node compute by 75ooo+ nodes dotted across the world.
Data security will be optimal as no traffic will be exposed to the wider internet public
Across platform gaming is an option with the Stadia, this very well translates into multiplayer gaming experience which I believe will put many minds at ease.
Google did add that they would compete with other gaming giants and produce their own specialised games through their Stadia Games and Entertainment.
What struct was the fact that one Google’s idea is to make the data centre the gaming platform
IPS bandwidth concerns are leaning towards this. A lot of internet bandwidth will be needed for such massive data travel between clients and data centres. For example my ISP is not the best. On a good day i could probably on average 63.5mbps download and 18mbps upload. I believe i might struggle with heavier games so i’m still in doubt as to how many users would be able to run high speed fibre broadband at very high costs just to play a game.
Cost wise some are suggesting that there would be no cost to this service as Google will rely on running ads for revenue. That being said I believe there would be free games and games that cost to purchase just like any other console offering services at the moment.
As I mentioned earlier no specific date was announced for the launching of Stadia but be sure that your humble vibztech would be on the look out on social media for the launch date though rumours say sometime this summer.
Remember stadia a bigger better playground for every imagination but I have my doubts that this would de-throne gaming console anytime soon. Maybe when Internet service providers improve on their bandwidth for customers.
Post your comments below let me know what you think.