Google will take on heavyweights in the business like Microsoft with the Xbox and Sony with its PlayStation
With the online gaming platform Stadia, Google has now marched into another internet-based service segment. It should be mentioned here that is not a new gaming console or hardware that has been launched by Google. It is a purely cloud-based and customers have to only click on a “Play Now” button.
Also, there will be provisions for sound and Google Assistant which can be used to Although, this announcement has been made now, the entire gaming software can only be rolled out during the third or fourth quarter of this year. Initially, this service will be made available on devices operating on Chrome OS like Chromebook and Google Chrome browser. Whether it will be made available to different devices is not yet known.
Also, the company has not clarified whether this will be a paid subscription or free to play gaming platform. However, they have made it clear that the service will be made available in only select geographical locations which include the US, Canada, the UK and some European countries.
Earlier, the company had played two games, “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” and “Doom Eternal” being at a demo. Also, there was a Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco. Other details of the other games included in Stadia have not yet been disclosed. Now, Google will take on heavyweights in the business like Microsoft with the Xbox and Sony with its PlayStation, but the company is confident that Stadia will not threaten any of the established players in the market.
What could really work for Stadia is the fact that there is no investment required to buy a gaming console and with the ‘anytime-anywhere’ availability, this new gaming console may well catch on with the consuming public quite rapidly.
“I think this is a fundamental shift the game industry is taking. For the last 40 years or however long we’ve had packaged media and games in the 1970s up to yesterday, games were device-centric. They were packaged on a disc, or a cartridge, or a tape, or a download, or they were written specifically to take advantage of or up to the limitations of a particular device. We just broke through that glass ceiling today by giving the entire data centre to the game developer and being completely device agnostic. So, no, we don’t need a console and that’s the whole point,” Google’s Phil Harrison said about Stadia.