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All you need is a screen and a data connection. And possibly a controller.
Google on Tuesday announced its plans to upend the $140 billion gaming industry dominated by Sony and Microsoft with a new streaming service called Stadia that allows people to play high-end games without purchasing expensive consoles or computers. Google said this is a "game platform for everyone."
All of the legwork to render those games is done in Google's cloud.
Google explained a bit about how it will work. The company said that if someone is watching a video of a game on YouTube, they could hit a button that says "play now" and jump right into playing the game themselves in as fast as five seconds. Today, gamers have to buy physical games or wait, often hours, for the game to download before they can play. Even then, they also need special hardware to play those games.
Google said Stadia will launch in 2019 starting in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and "most of Europe." It didn't say how much it will cost gamers to use the service.
The company said Stadia will run on "any screen type" but it will work on desktops, laptops, TVs, tablets and phones at launch. There's no box at all.
"With Stadia, the data center is your platform," Google said. A gamer can start on one platform and then pick up where they left off on another device, which means you might game on your computer and then continue on your phone when you leave the house.
Google announces Stadia, its streaming game platform, in an effort to upend the $140 billion video game industry
Google unveiled its streaming game service called Stadia on Tuesday which won't require people to buy expensive game consoles or computers to play the latest video games.