Today at GDC, Google officially unveiled its new Stadia gaming platform, which doesn’t require a console or a dedicated set-top-box. It’s a cloud-based platform that will leverage Google’s 200 data centers scattered strategically around the world to allow gamers to almost instantly start streaming games to play.
The service will run on a variety of devices: browsers, computers, TVs, and mobile devices. Developers will gain access to Google’s data centers to help leverage their games to work with Stadia, so on paper this sounds like a fantastic setup. No hardware to buy is a bonus and should technically allow the service to always grow dynamically with technology, so gamers won’t have to wait for new hardware generations to play the best looking, or most advanced games.
Phil Harrison, Google game guy, said that players will be able to access and play Stadia games, like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, within seconds. He showed a video of ACOdyssey featuring a “Play” button that would offer near-instant access to the game.
The controller was shown off too, and it looks like most modern game controllers except for the placement of the D-pad.
At this time, the story is still developing, so stay tuned for more details.