Google Announces Gaming Platform Stadia
Much to the fanfare at the GDC 2019.
Google finally announced their new game platform, a highly guarded secret for years for it's take on the console war against Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation and Steam.
Introducing Stadia, Google's next generation high performance gaming console that sits not in your device or desktop, but in the Google gaming infrastructure.

The unique Google console will require no heavy investment in up front hardware nor do gamers need to worry about future upgrades.
Gaming with full frame rates on low end machines will no longer be an issue as the game processing will not be done in your local machine.

All you need in the future is just a fast Internet / Wifi connection and a Stadia controller or just about any game controller will suffice plus a decent monitor to run HD games on the fly.
No more long downloading time to play your favorite games, or long loading times to start up your game.
All you need to do is login using the Stadia browser and access to games which will load in just 5 seconds.


The available games and prices will be announced at a later date this year.

Price: US$129 (Founders edition)
Release: Late 2019
Developer: Google
Engine: Custom
CPU: 2.7Ghz x86
GPU: HBM2 Memory
OS: Linux

Stadia will be offering some of these unique features that gamers have been wanting and are not available in the current major consoles.

Game Controller
The game control pad spots the likes of a slimmer Xbox One controller that comes with a NES direction pad.
It has a screen capture button to allow you to share your games with gamers online.
On the back of the controller is an instruction to activate request for support from the game developer of the current game you are playing.
The controller will spot 3 colors: Ivory white, Creamy White and Charcoal Black.

Game Demos
Google demos Assassin's Creed Odyssey on the Stadia app using a low performance PC and a brand new conceptual game called "Night Forest".
Night Forest will allow multiple users (two or more) to play on the same game remotely and interacting individually on the streaming platform.
Gamers will be able to use Google AI called "Google Assist" to aid them while in-game in areas which they are stuck in.

Using the Stadia Stream technology, the platform will support real-time synchronization across thousands of players within a region thanks to the distributed Edge Node technology that Google Cloud platform will offer to support low latency, high speed network access.
Players can enjoy smooth real-time destructive environments across the network, for viewers, they can join in shared games and be able to view from different perspective as well as interact within the game in smaller roles such as being a drone in game.
Players can also call upon other players in real-time to join them while they are playing the game.
In crowd play mode, players will no longer have to wait to join into a waiting list while watching a loading screen. Instead they can watch live games and select to join into a waiting list lobby and know when their turn is reaching.

Stadia Operating System
The game console will be powered by Linux OS.

Game Engine
Game developers will be excited to learn that they can use their favorite game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine.
This means that most games developed in modern platforms can be ported to the Stadia game platform.
Game developers can also utilize the Havok engine to create best physics effects on the market.
Powered by Google's Game Engine AI called the Style Transfer ML will allow developers to map different art styles using any pictures they have.
Game Developers can use the State Share technology to share snippets of specific game plays onto the platform, providing sharable and memorable moments of epic game plays by gamers. Which is translated into a url link for gamers to share online.

Render Engine
Games typically uses the Open GL|ES to render their outputs.
For Stadia, they can utilize the more powerful rendering engine Vulkan to make their games run on less CPU usage.
Supporting better multi-threaded CPU utilization giving up to 15% savings in electrical usage.

Other Features
Stadia will support parental controls so parents can control what rating games their children can play, what timings are they allowed to play and even who they can play with.
Stadia allows sharing of your game play across multiple social media platforms such as Stadia Store, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and Discord.

Stadia hardware Specs

56 Compute unites
HBM2 memory

2.7 Ghz Custom x86 Processor
16GB total RAM
484GB/s transfer speed
L2+L3 Cache of 9.5MB

GPU Comparison
10.7 GPU teraflops
GPU Playstation 4 Pro
4.2 GPU teraflops
Xbox One X
6.0 GPU teraflops
Stadia Game Engine
Unreal Engine, Unity, Havok, Vulkan

Date: 20-Mar-19