Google Announced Game as a Service platform Stadia this week
- 22 Mar, 2019
When Nintendo announced Switch, the Handheld Mode + TV Console Mode refreshed the mindset of millions of gamers globally. But soon, buyers discovered the docking station did no more than cabling. Only the handheld device has brain inside. Even so, Nintendo sold 32.27 million units of Switch since announcement till end of 2018. On 19th of March 2019, it seemed Google would like to push the game industry big step forward with their cloud solution.
Stadia will be launched within 2019, according to Google's statement. Here are the main features.
Play & Share progress on any devices via streaming. No console, no download, no installation.
4K + 60fps + HDR + Surround Sound available at Launch & will support 8K in future
Developers, Gamers and Audiences can interact in one place
Looks like Ecosystem on the way
Social Platforms for Gamers?
No Slovakia at launch. Does Norway have bigger population than SK?
- Lag is critical factor for game streaming. But if Google can keep it under 100ms, it will be doable. I bet Google can solve it with their global Data Center. And they had already got some experience with the test of assassin's creed odyssey. If Google cannot offer acceptable lag, this project will die definitely.
- Content is another obstacle. How to build a healthy business case for Developers, Gamers, Audiences and Google itself is another big challenge.
- If it can work as advertised, I believe the gamer population will grow significantly because it takes down the barriers and makes gaming as simple as browsing facebook.
- In summary, Stadia worths attention to follow the deployment progress because at least this idea looks sexy and like something for the future. Also from resource optimization point of view, a shared Game DC makes much more sense than countless 2-year to die mobile phones and consoles purchased by each gamer.
So what do you think about Google Stadia?
Do you think it will change the game industry just like Android did on Mobile market? Or just something looks astonished but ends up like Google Glass?