In case you’re out of the loop, Stadia follows last year’s Project Stream test, which Google views as a resounding success. In essence, Stadia is Project Stream, delivering a similar game-streaming service, but done bigger, better, and with more features.
Like Project Stream, Stadia will allow you to play AAA games at super-high settings, with silky smooth framerates, at up to 4K resolutions — at least, to start. It works remotely, with the actual game being hosted on Google’s remote servers, as it’s streamed to your home. This all comes without a major investment in specialized gaming gear, too.
Google is taking this project quite seriously, as it even relies on custom hardware:
Google’s expanded its data centers to better provide an optimized experience, for even “the most demanding games,” and that includes fresh new hardware in those data centers. Stadia’s stack, revealed on the Stadia.dev site, includes a custom 2.7GHz x86 CPU, custom AMD GPUs (rated at 10.7 teraflops), 16GB of RAM, and SSD cloud storage.
If there’s one company capable of building the infrastructure capable of making game streaming a reality, it’s Google. However, I remain skeptical for now, and will adhere to the mantra of seeing is believing.
Already not comfortable with the game habit tracking (with no opt-out, no less) from the likes of nintendo and steam. And those are companies which don’t have information farming as their primary source of income.
Using Chromecast to stream to TVs is pretty nifty feature. Inexpensive.
Playstation Now. Geforce Experience. Valve? There are many players offering game streaming.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud is also coming out this year. Maybe at E3?
DigitalFoundry has a good video preview of the service.
Image quality is still subpar and input lag higher than a console running the game at 30 fps.
This may find a public for the uninvolved gamers that want affordable means of access or convenience for the road warriors staying in different hotels every night. But I doubt this will be able to convince people playing regularly in the comfort of their homes.