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Google Announces Game Streaming Service Stadia

Google has officially entered the video game industry, competing with established consoles including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

At this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Google announced its gaming service Stadia. The service will allow users connected online through Google Chrome to play games through their browsers with Google releasing controllers similar to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers.

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The service will be available through desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones as long as the device is capable of streaming directly through Google's Stadia-dedicated data centers with no apparent hardware restrictions. The processing power of the platform is reportedly more than double the processing power of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One combined and able to switch mid-play on devices without a noticeable loss in quality.

Originally a concept introduced by Google's Project Stream, the platform used last year's Assassin's Creed Odyssey to test it with the support of Ubisoft. With Microsoft rumored to be bringing its extensive gaming offerings to different consoles, Google may have beaten the veteran tech company to the punch.

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Google Stadia currently does not have a launch date or pricing, but is expected to be available sometime this year.

(via Screen Rant)

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