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Google about to launch Stadia

What if you could just launch your browser and play any game directly from there? That’s exactly what Google promise to deliver soon.

The tech giant has revealed plans to launch a cloud gaming service which would allow outdated machines to run any game in Chrome. It’s not the first time we’ve seen an idea like this, as a few years back, Square Enix had a similar service called Core Online. After running for 18 months, Core Online was shut down on November 29, 2013. There were several options to play games – paying a $2.99 subscription, buying individual games or simply playing for free for up to 20 minutes every day. It’s not yet certain what strategy Google will choose for their upcoming product.

Stadia already has a Twitter of its own as well as a website, and one of the first statements made was that “The future of gaming is not a box. It’s a place”. Google promise to deliver games in resolutions of up to 4k and 60 frames per second, no matter if it’s on TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

The project seems like solid competition to both PlayStation and Xbox, who are often criticized for their low frames and exclusive titles. Whether Stadia will kill them or become a viable alternative remains to be seen. One thing’s for certain, a lot of the restrictions in gaming will be lifted at least in theory. People will no longer need a powerful rig in order to play the latest titles. It really makes you think if the hardware market will have something to say about this. Perhaps we can also expect hardware prices to plummet should the Stadia service prove to be too good.

Last but not least, Google have also revealed a dedicated controller designed specifically for the Stadia. After all, what’s a gaming platform without a dedicated controller? It’ll come with a screen capture button and a built-in microphone.

The announcement of Stadia was somewhat expected as a lot of people speculated that Google plan to join in on the console market. The only potential issue could be latency due to low internet speed. Stadia is set to be released later this year in select countries like the U.S., Canada, U.K. and a big part of Europe. Do you think Stadia will turn into the Netflix for video games?

Image credit: Google.