Google has often given talks at the Game Developers Conference, but this year it sent out invites making it clear it had bigger plans in mind. At its special presentation today, the company outlined its plans for a video game streaming service called Stadia, offering games on demand.
The platform aims to bring together playing, spectating, and developing games onto a single platform. As an example, you could view Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on YouTube and then begin playing it through streaming in “as little as five seconds.”
Google VP Phil Harrison promised the technology will work across desktops, laptops, TV, tablets, and phones. In a demonstration, the same demo was seen working across a Chromebook, smartphone, tablet, and TV, through a Chromecast Ultra HDMI streamer.
You’ll be able to use existing controllers on laptops and PCs, and Google will offer its own Stadia controller. The Google Stadia controller links to whichever device you’re playing on, and it sports a dedicated Google Assistant button.
Google first hinted at an interest in game streaming last year, when it partnered with Ubisoft for Project Stream. The service allowed testers to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to completion through its Chrome browser. Since then the rumors of “Project Yeti” only intensified, and then the company conspicuously hired former Ubisoft and EA studio head Jade Raymond.
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