(KGTV) – A new challenger is approaching the video game market and aims to become the Netflix of video games.
Google Tuesday introduced a new video game streaming service called Stadia. The platform promises to offer players instant access to games on TV, mobile devices or desktop computers with resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second.
"When players use Stadia, they will be able to access their games at any time on virtually any screen," the company said in a version. "And the developers will have access to almost unlimited resources to create the games they have always dreamed of."
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In contrast to many video game consoles and PCs, Google claims that Stadia will not require downloads, updates, patches or installations for its content.
Stadia also has its own controller, supported via WiFi. Just like today's latest-generation video game consoles, the controller will have buttons to instantly capture the gameplay that occurs on a user's screen. However, Google has also included a Google Assistant button for its AI-based virtual assistant. The controller also includes a built-in microphone.
, the service will actually allow viewers to watch a Stadia stream to jump in line to participate in their game as part of a "Crowd Play" feature.
Google has released a trailer for the upcoming platform, advertising it as a new place where players can play together:
The service will be launched later in 2019 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and several European countries.
So far, Stadia's main competition in the video market would seem to be the big three: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.
While Sony "Playstation Now" currently offers hundreds of games on a subscription-based service, Microsoft intends to release its subscription service called "Xbox Game Pass". Nintendo does not have a streaming service, but offers on-the-go console games without the need for a constant Internet connection, such as Stadia.
Reportedly, Amazon and Verizon are testing ideas for their video game offerings.