Streaming 4K Gaming
Google broadcast their Stadia Connect presentation yesterday and showed off their new “console” – Stadia.
Despite facing stern competition from Sony & Microsoft, Google believe that they have a service which can compete. Stadia is not a physical device, it exists in the cloud. This means that Stadia can be very competitive in terms of price.
Google showed off a list of games that will be available on Stadia – all of which will be playable on various screen types.
As well as on a TV you will also be able to play across laptops, desktops, tablets, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a.
Utilising the Chromecast Ultra, you will be able to play on your TV in up to 4K at 60 FPS with 5.1 surround sound.
Stadia will use a subscription model called Stadia Pro. For £8.99 per month you will be able to play at 4K and also get access to additional free games such as Destiny 2.
Stadia are also offering a Founder’s Edition for a limited amount of time. This will give users early access to the service and give them a chance at securing their exclusive Stadia name.
The Founder’s Edition comes with a Night Blue Stadia Controller and a Google Chromecast Ultra. On top of this, the Founder’s Edition includes 3 months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend.
It is brave of Google to go up against the big guns in the console world – Sony & Microsoft. The price point could be a major advantage for Stadia. More competition in the console market is definitely good for consumers and is most welcome.
However, Microsoft and Sony are due to announce their new consoles this year (Microsoft this weekend). These big launches could overshadow anything Google can put out. The risk for Stadia is whether it can gain enough traction publicity-wise. A new Xbox and Playstation may steal their thunder.
Whether or not the Stadia is a success, it is still starting a conversation about the future of gaming. How much will we pay? Will streaming games replace discs? Will gaming follow Netflix and become subscription based?
The answers to these questions will become apparent over the next year or so. Gaming is changing – and Google want Stadia to be front and centre.