Welcome to the never-ending battle royale of gaming, Google. Now look to see your opponents, which are just as rich as you are and also have the experience that you do not have.
It was announced at the annual Game Developers Conference that the search engine was introducing its new Stadia gaming platform, looking to make it easier to not just make video games but play them on any screen you own including phones, computers, and TVs.
Stadia, which will launch later in 2019, has promised many new ways to connect with games, which will include a Play button on YouTube videos that will launch you from the video into that game.
While at the annual event on Tuesday in San Francisco, Google demonstrated the new platform by showing a video of the game “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.” They showed how a “Play” button on the YouTube video could transport the viewer right into the game.
Often a player gets the urge to play a game while watching a video but has to boot up a game console or another program on their computer. This Stadia feature would get players into a game in “as quick as five seconds with no download, no patch, no update and no install,” said Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison, a former Sony and Microsoft game executive who joined Google last year to work on this new project.
“Stadia offers instant access to play … (and reduces) the friction between getting excited about a game and playing a game,” he said at the event in front of hundreds of reporters and gamers.
The many other features built into Google’s game-streaming platform include Crowd Play for instant joining and coordination of multiplayer games and Google Assistant-style help, which will allow gamers to get in contact with customer service much easier.
Just this past October, Google began Project Stream, a four-month PC streaming video game test that included Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” among many other games.
Now, Google will have its very own game system. Welcome to the world of gaming; just hope you last longer than the SouljaGame.
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