You might be wondering what exactly Stadia is. In short Stadia is a video game streaming service. The game you play is run from Google’s data centers and then streamed to your computer. Since the game is being run from Google’s data centers and not your own computer then you can use any computer or device to play the game (as long it has Google Chrome).
Advantages of Streaming
There will be no need to buy expensive consoles which can cost anywhere from $200 and upwards.
Multiplayer gaming is usually limited by the person with the slowest internet connection because the client and server is dependent on the individual’s internet connection. However Google claims that since the client and server will be hosted on their data center then there will be a seamless multiplayer experience among hundreds and potentially thousands of people playing at the same time.
Since the games are rendered and run from Google’s data centers, games will be able to run on practically on any device.
The Stadia GPU uses 10.7 teraflops which is more powerful than the Xbox One X’s 6.0 and the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops combined.
Stream connect allows for split screen multiplayer without a performance penalty. This is possible because each screen is powered by a separated instance of Stadia.
Another feature is called “Style Transfer” and it allows you change the art style in game to change the look of the game.
State Share is a feature that allows you to share a game state with other people via a web adress link. When someone or multiple people click the link the can pick up where you left off in the game.
With “Crowd Play” people watching a stream can join the game by simply clicking a button.
The Stadia Controller allows you to connect directly to your game session’s server via wi-fi. It also comes with two new buttons: a capture button that allows you share save your “experience.” Presumably a screen capture button. The other button allows you to call Google Assistant.
At first I was very skeptical, I thought that this was another gimmick like the Google Glass but after seeing the specs on the GPU my opinion has changed. If their data center is as capable as they claim it is then everything they said might be possible. If they can deliver on what they say then that is very exciting.
However specs aren’t everything, if they can get actual developers to make games for their service then Google might just be a console killer.