Stadia Games and Entertainment is Google’s first-party development studio

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All Google would say today is that the streaming service will come out in 2019. Well, the tech heads at Digital Foundry got to try out the latest version of Stadia at GDC 2019, and the results were solid, but far from flawless.

Phil Harrison, formerly of PlayStation and Microsoft, announced during the keynote that Stadia would launch in 2019 and would be available first in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and parts of Europe. Now, credit where it's due: This is a good starting lineup, and Google has plenty of time to wow us with a more robust lineup this summer, when it promised to share more information about Stadia. Hit play at the below times if you want to know what Google is cooking for the "future of gaming," and if or how it relates to its Android platform and the mobile division.

Our game playing habits are one of the few trajectories of data that Google doesn't now have a model in place to collect, but Stadia will certainly change that.

Last year, Google and Ubisoft teamed up for Project Stream - an experiment in streaming Assassin's Creed Odyssey through Chrome browsers. The GDC preview video showed how developers will be able to embed links in YouTube videos that will launch depicted games in the browser in a matter of seconds.

Stadia is a game-changer for gamers and could completely upend the current market.if Google can in fact deliver on its promises.

Play across multiple devices, including laptops, desktops, and select phones and tablets. There'll be a little Stadia box in which the button "JOIN THIS GAME" will be found.

Stadia will support most game controllers, meaning you can use virtually any pre-existing game controller you may have on a device. The studio's main mission will be to create games and experiences exclusive to Stadia.

Majd Bakar explained the technology behind Stadia, explaining that it's built on cutting edge technology and works off over 7,500 edge node locations around the globe.

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Google is promising 4K streaming @ 60 FPS with HDR and surround sound on Stadia.

Each Stadia server blade is powered by a customized AMD GPU with 10.7 TFLOPs and an x86 processor with 16GB of RAM-both of which are specifically designed for the service. It'll support keyboard and mouse input, as well as controllers.

Stadia will also be capable of supporting several GPUs at once, allowing for higher performance and vastly improved graphics.

Also in the mix is Stream Connect, a system for multiplayer gaming that enhances views. It is most famously associated with the game Contra, where it gives players 30 lives, but the code has made its way into pop culture and even made an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph.

With Stadia's Crowd Play, viewers of games streamed on YouTube can jump in on said game.

You will be able to use your existing controllers from Xbox/PS4, however. The Stadia controller is the latest addition to Google's hardware line, and unlike a standard Bluetooth controller, it actually connects via Wi-Fi to the game you're playing, which should significant cut down on lag and latency. However, Google is taking things a step further with Stadia Games and Entertainment, a game studio that will produce titles exclusively for Stadia. Raymond will work with other game studios and partners to bring games to Stadia while working on the company's own original games.

Stadia offers install access.

Stadia could also add a new source of rising costs as the company builds out its cloud business and hires thousands to monitor content on YouTube.

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