Google are looking to preempt the cavalcade of game announcements and reveals at E3 with their own stream for their upcoming video game streaming service Google Stadia. The first Stadia Connect will take place at 5PM BST (9AM PST) on Thursday 6th June, featuring launch details, pricing information and game reveals for what will be hosted on the platform.
Some news can't wait for #E3.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) June 3, 2019
Announced at a special event in March, Google Stadia is the search giant’s first meaningful crack at non-mobile gaming. Their intention is to build a completely hardware agnostic gaming platform that can be accessed almost instantly from almost any device with a screen, whether it’s a TV, mobile phone, tablet, computer, or… probably a Tesla at this point. In their hunt to reduce latency as much as possible, they’ve designed a dedicated Stadia controller that connects not to the device you’re looking at, but directly to Google’s servers via your Wi-Fi connection.
Stadia will launch games within five seconds, running at up to 4K at 60fps and with HDR and surround sound support, with plans for that to scale up to 8K resolutions in the not too distant future. Powering this are server farms with 10.7 teraflops of GPU processing power, and while that’s more than both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X put together, it’s in the ballpark of where we expect the next generation of PlayStation and Xbox to be.
Stadia is due to launch in 2019 throughout the US, Canada, UK and Europe, though at the time pricing and timing of the launch were kept secret. We’ll find that out on Thursday alongside the details of the games it will launch with – here, all they showed in March were 2016’s Doom and a few tech demos and announcements, such as that of Dylan Cuthbert and Q-Games working on a new game specifically for the system.
So, join us on Thursday, I guess, for the first Stadia Connect, if you’re interested to know more!