Google this week announced a bold vision for the future of gaming with Stadia, a new cloud gaming platform that promises to upend the industry by changing how games are played, distributed, sold, and even built.
Google Stadia will run on any PC running Chrome, any TV equipped with a Chromecast, or any mobile device with the app. Stadia will have virtually no local processing. Everything will run off of cloud machines powered by CPUs and GPUs custom built by AMD, with the ability to stream up to 4K and 60 FPS. What they will stream beyond Assassin’s Creed and Doom are still unclear as Stadia apparently runs on Linux and the Vulkan API. The giant question in everyone’s mind however, is latency. The Stadia controller will connect directly to the Stadia servers via Wi-Fi instead of routing through your device. And Google says they developed a number of other ways to minimize lag on the back end, but we obviously can’t know for sure until the service launches.
Do you play games? If so, what platform do you play it on (PC, Xbox, PS4, Switch, etc)? And do you think Stadia will take off? Or do you think it’ll end up becoming the next Google +?