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Google launches gaming platform without a console

​Google has today launched Stadia, a video game platform that delivers 'instant access' to games on any type of screen – from TVs and laptops, through to desktops, tablets or mobile phones.

Google says Stadia can provide advanced game streaming without a traditional console or PC due to its global network of data centres. Users can play games using its Stadia controller, which has been designed with direct connection to Google’s data centres through Wi-Fi.

The controller also includes a button for instant capture, saving and sharing gameplay in up to 4k of stunning resolution. It also has an in-built Google Assistant button and microphone.

Yet it remains to be seen whether gaming without a console can match the experience of using a games console.

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said in an interview with BBC Click that whilst he does believe gaming will be disrupted by streaming in the same way people can now stay connected to their music and their videos wherever they go – that shift is still a long way off.

He explained that his “view is we’re all in the testing phase. We’re early in this technology and … it will take many years before this technology becomes mainstream. The best place for you to play will be on your local device, your console, your Xbox, connected to your TV. And that’ll be true for many years.”

Above: the Stadia Controller

Above: the included Chromecast Ultra works seamlessly with the Stadia Controller; it enables users to play on their TV in up to 4K Ultra HD with HDR.5

Charlotte Hathway

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