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Google unveils new Stadia video game platform

Google has unveiled its new video game platform, Stadia, delivering instant access to your favourite games on any type of screen—whether it’s a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

Google’s goal is to make those games available in resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound. It will be launching later this year in select countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and much of Europe.

To build Stadia, Google has thought deeply about what it means to be a gamer and worked to converge two distinct worlds: people who play video games and people who love watching them. Stadia will lift restrictions on games and the communities who enjoy them.

Using its globally connected network of Google data centres, Stadia will free players from the limitations of traditional consoles and PCs.

When players use Stadia, they’ll be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. Developers will have access to nearly unlimited resources to create the games they’ve always dreamed of.

It’s a powerful hardware stack combining server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage, and with the power of Google’s data centre infrastructure, Stadia can evolve as quickly as the imagination of game creators.

Data centres make Stadia possible, but what sets the system apart is how it works with other Google services. 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. If you watch one of your favourite creators playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, simply click the “play now” button. Seconds later, you’ll be running around ancient Greece in your own game/on your own adventure—no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs.

Google has made sure to develop a direct connection from the Stadia controller to its data centre through Wi-Fi for the best possible gaming performance. The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4k of stunning resolution, and it comes equipped with a Google Assistant button and built-in microphone.

Using Google’s vast experience, reach and decades of investment, Stadia is a powerful gaming platform for players, developers and YouTube content creators—of all sizes.