Stadia Controller with a Chromecast Ultra
Microsoft has ventured from software development into the Gaming industry by launching the Xbox in 2001. This was followed by Xbox Live for a gaming online experience and further down a cross-platform one. In the same fashion, earlier this year, Google launched a new cloud-native gaming platform named Stadia.
Simply put, a standard device (tablet, desktop, laptop or smartphone) with an internet connection and a browser will suffice to play a large catalogue of games from different game editors. As you would normally play on legacy consoles and/or PCs.
No more time-consuming game downloads or in-game updates.
No more installation, launch your browser and access to your favourite game.
Over the years, traditional gaming has relied on the legacy hardware, console generation or PC Hardware. This has a twofold limitation. First a limitation for the game developer, not being able to release the latest graphic prowess. Second a limitation is for the gamer, not being able to play the latest developed game which would require the acquisition of a new hardware generation not necessarily available or prohibitively expensive.
The technological burden for game developer, and the financial burden for gamers, have been passed on to STADIA. This platform, according to requirements (Game developer) and needs (Gamers) is able to instantly and dynamically increase the resources without the need for the end-user to upgrade the hardware.
The combination of Google data-centres powerhouses and the use of Realtime machine learning creates an entire new gaming ecosystem.
Custom 2.7 GHz hyperthreaded x86 CPU with AVX2 SIMD and 9.5 MB L2+L3 cache
Custom AMD GPU with HBM2 memory and 56 compute units capable of 10.7 teraflops
16 GB of RAM with up to 484 GB/s of performance
SSD cloud storage
Linux: Debian version of the world’s most popular open-source OS
Vulkan: Next-gen cross-platform graphics and computing API with custom layers optimized for cloud-native gaming
Stadia is a platform hosting game developer not a content creator as such. Therefore, Google has established partnerships in the gaming industry allowing it to make 22 titles available on day one of its launch: 19th November 2019.
Here is the list:
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
Destiny 2: The Collection
Farming Simulator 2019
Final Fantasy XV
Football Manager 2020
Just Dance 2020
Mortal Kombat 11
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Red Dead Redemption 2
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition