Yesterday google announced its new game, Google’s keynote address at the 2019 Game Developers Conference –the streaming service called stadia, which left many with questions needy of answers like would you need to buy the game like we traditionally do or would it be a streaming service like Netflix?. But according to Wikipedia, Stadia is a subscription-based cloud gaming service, requires no additional computer hardware, only requiring the device to have an Internet connection and support for Google Chrome. Stadia works atop YouTube‘s functionality in streaming media to the user, as game streaming is seen as an extension of watching video game live streams, according to Google’s Phil Harrison.
Primary, many have asked why google also needs to be in the gaming industry especially streaming service after Facebook also announced a section of live streaming of games on their app.
As of right now, Google gets more than 200 million logged-in daily active users watching gaming content. That’s 200 million pairs of eyes to present ads to every day. In 2018, YouTube accumulated more than 50 billion watched hours of gaming content. “Gaming has always been the backbone of YouTube since the platform was first founded,” notes YouTube’s gaming director Ryan Wyatt.Google Stadia Specifications
Aside the announcement of the stadia service, google has
also revealed the hardware its stadia data centers would be running on. The company
revealed stadia will be using 16GB RAM up to 484GB/s of performance, a custom
AMD GPU with high bandwidth memory (HBM2) and 56 compute units. it is suprising
to note google use of AMD hardware despite their past penchant for NVidia even
though google has not released full details about the whole infrastructure.
Google Stadia Specifications
- CPU – Custom 2.7GHz hyper-thread x86 CPU with AVX2 SIMD and 9.5MB L@+L# cache
- GPU – Custom AMD GPU with HBM2 memory and 56 compute units capable of 10.7 teraflops.
- Memory – 16GB of RAM with up to 484GB/s performance.
- SSD cloud storage
Google says the stadia hardware “can be stacked, that CPU and GPU compute is ‘elastic’, so multiple instances of this hardware can be used to create more ambitious games”
According to Sundar Pichai at the Stadia announcement: “Our custom server hardware and data centers can bring more computing to more people on planet Earth than anyone else.” Data centers, server farms, and high-bandwidth fiber optic connections plugging them into the internet are what Google’s entire empire is built upon. And then Google has the experience of running multiple billion-user cloud services reliably, plus the ability to spam them all with news of its planned gaming revolution. The service is purported to be lunched in 2019 in the US, Canada, UK and Europe without any reference to Africa or Asia.