Google has revealed a vague release window for its new Stadia platform. The service will launch later this year, coming first to the US, UK, Canada, and “most of Europe,” with a worldwide release coming at some point after that.
Pricing was not revealed for the new platform, but we did get lots more details besides that. Stadia is Google’s vision for a new kind of gaming service powered by the cloud.
As well as offering cloud streaming of games to phones, laptops, PCs, and TVs, it will also launch with its own controller. In addition, the company has founded a first-party development house to make games exclusively for Stadia.
Stadia will support cross-platform multiplayer and allow you to seamlessly switch between devices. You can also simply click a link while watching a game on YouTube to dive into that very same game at the exact same point.
At launch, Stadia will support 4K HDR gameplay at 60 FPS, with plans to scale that up to 8K at 120 FPS. Ubisoft, Doom Eternal developer Id Software, and Q-Games were among the developers mentioned as partners at Google’s GDC conference, while more than 100 studios already have Stadia in their hands. For more, check out everything we know about Google Stadia.