Google launches Stadia streaming platform.
What makes this unique is that the system is designed with “Let’s Play” and Twitch streamers in mind with built-in functionality to catch your highlights and video edit them, upload them. Not sure what this is, but sounds similar to the Highlights feature now included with Nvidia GeForce Experience that comes with Nvidia video cards.
I suspect it should also be possible to watch your favorite Streamers playing on this platform.
Also a new “Share State” feature that allows you to save a state and pass it on to someone else so they can experience what you experienced. For example, someone can save a state before a particular boss fight so you can then access this State and experience the fight yourself.
The Stadia system was prototyped using ASSASSIN’S CREED: ODYSSEY in December 2018. That test required at least a 25 MBPS Internet Connection. Google has updated that saying Stadia can run games on a 15 MBPS connection, but only if your latency rate (“ping”) is no higher than 40ms.
DOOM ETERNAL will be a launch title, though no release date was given. It must be noted though that DOOM ETERNAL has also been announced everywhere including the Nintendo Switch which some believe is being singled out as a rival.
Google has also yet to reveal pricing for the service, but similar streaming services like Playstation Now have charged about 19.99 USD per month in an annualized form as a precedent.
Sundar Pichai summed up the Values Proposition with the phrase:
“We want to bring together the People who Play Games, the People who Watch Games, and the People who Make Games into a single platform.”