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Google Stadia controller

Google Stadia is the official name of Google’s game streaming service.

Previously, we had talked about rumors of Google’s new streaming service. “Project Yeti” is now Google Stadia. Google made the announcement at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. As of this writing, there is no official pricing or release date.

The service will run several existing PC games hosted on Google’s servers. In addition, they will have their own controller and a game-streaming interface with a “Play Now” option. If you press this on any web browser, you can play games immediately.

“With Stadia, this waiting game will be a thing of the past,” said Google Vice President Phil Harrison. “Gameplay will begin in as quick as five seconds…no download, no patch, no update, and no install.”

Google Stadia announcement

Google Stadia can scale up (or down) depending on your build.

Harrison demonstrated the service on a Pixel 3 XL and a low-end PC. What was interesting is that the featured gameplay was 1080p and 60 FPS, which puts it on par with consoles. Despite this, the service will have 4K and 60 FPS performance at launch. Harrison also said that existing USB controllers, mice, and keyboards will work with Google Stadia.

The Google Stadia controller will also come with a capture button so that players can post their gameplay to YouTube. It is not clear at this time which developers will launch their games on the service. One confirmed game is Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, but we will have to wait and see who will release their games to Google’s new platform.

What do you think of Google Stadia? Will you be playing games on it when it releases? Let us know in the comments below!