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Google Announces Gaming Platform Stadia

Stadia's YouTube connection should give it a fighting chance against Amazon's Twitch and rumored Cloud Games platform and Microsoft's game portfolio, which includes its nascent xCloud streaming service. It means that players won't have to purchase a box that sits under the TV in order to play, theoretically liberating video games from hardware altogether. Clicking that button will get you into that game on Stadia within seconds, rather than however long it might take to download or install a game on your system.

Play across multiple devices, including laptops, desktops, and select phones and tablets.

True to its "no new hardware" mindset, Stadia will work with all existing USB controllers, and mouse and keyboard setups. Alongside the reveal of Stadia, it also debuted a new controller that will accompany the platform. Google's next big effort is to build a game platform for everyone. At Stadia's launch, games will run at 4K and 60 frames per second, with HDR and surround sound support. If you've got 15 minutes to spare, you can watch the full Stadia analysis, below. You only need to input the first 10 keys, however, to see the controller model on Stadia's website.

Google's showing was impressive, there's no doubt about that, but much of it felt hypothetical. More information will be shared in the summer. Stadia is reportedly more powerful than any gaming console on the market right now, and of course has the advantage of being easier to upgrade - as hardware upgrades happen remotely at the server side.

The name for Google's highly anticipated gaming announcement at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Tuesday apparently starts with an "S".

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The Stadia controller will have a direct connection from to the data center through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance.

Google is jumping headfirst in the gaming industry, it seems, as it has been teasing its first-time participation in the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In a world where there are more than 200 million people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button.

Video game titan Electronic Arts also has laid out a vision of streaming video games enhanced with artificial intelligence to create "living, breathing worlds that constantly evolve". Financial analysts have questioned whether the tech companies will be able to charge consumers prices high enough to attract top game publishers that have a lucrative business selling games on discs.

Google is launching its own game studio for Stadio too, called Stadia Games and Entertainment, led by video game producer Jade Raymond.

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