Google releases cloud-stream controller
The day for console-free console gaming will come to pass with Google Stadia.
Google's new product Stadia challenges traditional console gaming with a retro concept. Stadia is a plug and play game console without the plug, only requiring a supported device to stream gameplay with.
Stadia is a cloud gaming service, and requires no additional computer hardware, only requiring the device to have an Internet connection and support for Google Chrome. The device is a wireless controller with two directional joysticks, a thumb pad, four main face buttons, two sets of shoulder buttons, and five additional controller face buttons. Stadia connects wirelessly to a supported smart-phone, tablet, and or TV
Plug and play devices usually can function without the need for a physical device configuration, but according to Google's requirements the Stadia is like playing without a console, but on the go.
The Stadia costs $129 and a Chromecast Ultra will be included with the purchase of a Stadia.
Stadia supports the streaming of games in HDR at 60 frames per second with 4K resolution, and anticipates eventually reaching 120 frames per second at 8K resolution. 4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels across a screen.
Stadia resolution ranges from 720 to 4K to match with network and hardware capabilities. The Stadia has over 40 top rated games on its library with more on the way. Players can start games without having to download new content to their personal device. The games on Stadia range from Japanese open-world RPG, Final Fantasy XV, to party dance game Just Dance 2020.
Like its competition, Stadia also will have a subscription service called Stadia Pro that expands the library and add new games every month.
Stadia will offer two tiers of service, a free Base level and a monthly subscription Pro level. The Pro tier will be US$10 a month, but allows players access to higher streaming rates, access to a library of free games over time, and get discounts on other games offered in the library.
Stadia will require users to purchase games to use over the service, though it does also plan to offer a library of free games over time for Pro tier subscribers, as well as offering the first two years of Destiny 2 content for free for those who purchased the Founder's Pack.
According to Google's product overview, the Stadia will also support instant gameplay recording, much like the recording functionalities supported by a PlayStation 4 controller. However, unlike the latter, the Stadia will have 5.1 surround sound features.
Stadia Founder's Edition & Premiere Edition releases on November 19 to the public. Stadia Basic, More specs and information can be found here: https://store.google.com/us/