The 2019 Game Developers Conference is in full swing, and Google has wasted no time in shaking up the landscape. The company has announced a new streaming platform called Stadia that will allow players to play full-scale gaming titles right from within Google Chrome.
Stadia will allow players to play from any device, internet permitted, on 4K with up to 60fps for titles, with the first launch title being iD Software’s Doom Eternal. Features such as Crowd Play, allowing players to queue and take turns in a game, as well as State Share, which allows players to send their exact point in a game with complete loadout and stats to other players, were all announced. In addition, Stadia will support cross platform play, and have its own controller, which connects to Google’s data centers for limited latency.
In a demo for the system, Google showed a player watching a trailer for a game, clicking a play now button that was overlaid, and was playing the title within 5 seconds, impressively. The platform is a partnership between Google and AMD, with the tech-giant providing server-side GPU’s for the system.