Google officially announced its streaming game service in March offering a lot of information about that service, hardware, and controller but staying mum on key details. Those key details were price, when it would launch, and what games would be on the service. Google said at the time it announced Stadia that it was the cumulation of years of development work and infrastructure build up.
Google has announced that this summer Stadia will get an official price, game announcements, and launch info. Google Stadia offered nothing in the way of a concrete time frame for the summer announcements. The goal of Stadia is to bring AAA games to every display in the home, including smartphones and tablets for on the go gaming. One of the most interesting aspects of Stadia is the ability to change your game to a different device.
To control the games that the streaming service will offer, Google unveiled the Stadia Controller. It connects directly to the gaming session on Google servers using WiFi and allows control of the game. It has the usual array of buttons and is set up very much like current PS4 and Xbox One controller. An interesting aspect of Google Stadia is the Crowd Play feature that lets anyone on a YouTube live stream to press a button and join the game.
This summer, three of the wishes you've been asking for will finally be granted:— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) May 24, 2019
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The slick controller also allows you to start streaming your gameplay to YouTube with the press of a single button in 4K60p. Hardware promises for the streaming device include a GPU with 10.7 teraflops of power, 56 compute units and HBM2 memory. The CPU is a custom x86 running at 2.7 GHz with hyperthreading and AVX 2. The CPU is paired with 16GB of RAM offering up to 484 Gb/s transfer speed and L2+L3 Cache of 9.5MB. Those specs give the Stadia console much better GPU teraflops than both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. Launch is expected this year in the U.S., and we will have to wait until this summer for more details. Stadia certainly faces stiff competition in the game streaming segment.