Google enters the gaming market in a BIG way

Google has just finished their GDC Keynote. Here is a summary of everything they’ve announced:

  • Starts with a hilarious cricket joke. No one cares.
  • Followed up with a joke about the little jumping dinosaur chrome game, quite funny.
  • Boooooooooring.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey being played through a Chrome browser
  • All triple A gaming playable through a browser. Incredible.
  • Aim is to create a game platform for absolutely everyone
  • Controller revealed. Looks very similar to a Switch Pro controller.
  • Name revealed as Stadia. Pretty cool.

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  • Project stream was essentially a beta test

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  • This is amazing
  • You can be watching a trailer on Youtube and immediately jump into the game. No downloads required.
  • No console, no limitations.
  • You can use any device: chromecast, phone, laptop etc
  • 1080p, 4k, 60fps, 8k, 120fps.
  • 10.7 teraflops, nearly double the Xbox One X
  • Partnered with Unity and Unreal
  • Development kit is a box
  • I do not understand most of this technical stuff. Much better water effects than usual game development
  • Cross Platform play
  • Games saves and progression are also cross platform
  • Stream connect, couch co-op at any point and new multiplayer options
  • Weird art stuff via Tequila Works
  • Crowd Play – play with the Youtube creator you’re watching. Uses a queue system.
  • Google Assistant will help you when you’re stuck in games.
  • Parental controls are available
  • Lots of developers on board
  • In house game studio, Stadia Games and entertainment
  • Headed by Jade Raymond, formerly of Ubisoft

Launching 2019, first in the US, Canada, UK and Europe

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