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Google Unveils Cloud Gaming Platform Stadia

Olivia Long - March 20, 2019 - 03:11 PM
Google Unveils Cloud Gaming Platform Stadia
Google has revealed its new cloud-based gaming service.

(CCM) — Google is gunning for game console giants like Sony and Xbox with its new console-less, YouTube-focused video gaming service.

Called Stadia, the cloud-based gaming platform will allow users to play games across devices running on Google's Chrome browser and Chrome OS, including Chromebook, Pixel phones, and smart TVs, according to reports by ABC News.

According to Alphabet, Google's parent company, accessing a game will be as easy as pressing a "Play Now" button. YouTube, another Alphabet company, will also host this button.

Of the console-less development, Phil Harrison, Google's vice president and general manager, said at the 2019 Game Developers Conference: "The future of gaming is not a box."

Google Stadia's graphics processing unit (GPU) is claimed to be at 10.7 teraflops, whereas its two closest competitors fizzle out at 4.2 (PlayStation 4 Pro) and 6.0 teraflops (Xbox One X). According to the company, players will also be able to stream games at resolutions of up to 4K at 60 frames per second, with 8K resolution to come in the future.

Launch date and pricing have yet to be announced, but the device can be expected to become available in 2019 in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and parts of Europe.

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