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How Google Stadia could foretell the future of video games

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26.03.2019

Google last week unveiled its vision for the future of gaming, and if it ever comes to fruition it could radically change the way video games are made, bought and played.

Stadia puts all of the heavy lifting on Google servers and network infrastructure, removing the need for computers, game consoles or high-end internet connections on the player's side.

Streaming subscription services are widely thought to be the future of games, with Microsoft, Sony and Apple all putting their ducks in a row in preparation, but technologically speaking it's a system that speaks to Google's strengths in particular. It could take time to hit its stride, and there is much we don't yet know — like the price, or when Stadia might make it to Australia — but the ideas Google has laid out can give us a glimpse at where the industry may be headed.

The Stadia controller, which connects directly to Google's servers via Wi-Fi.

When you play a game over Stadia, it will essentially be no different than watching a video over YouTube, and the quality of the video should be about the same. The main difference is that instead of a server farm somewhere accessing and transmitting video files, it will be a much more powerful machine running the game and then sending the audio and video to you.

The fact that virtually all of the processing happens on Google's side means a lot of the limitations of........

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