Google announces new streaming game platform

Google announced a new cloud-based video game streaming platform called Stadia on Tuesday that will allow people to play games without a console on a variety of devices.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who introduced the new system at the the Game Developers Conference, said that Stadia will seek to make games streamable through a Wi-Fi connection on any kind of Google device.

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Phil Harrison, a former Sony and Microsoft executive, demonstrated at the conference that the new platform will be connected to YouTube, allowing viewers to share favorite moments or potentially view a game clip from a creator and then hit “play now” to instantly stream the title.

“Stadia offers instant access to play,” Harrison said, according to Verge.

Game studios will have to agree to build their titles for Stadia before they are playable. Google also plans to build its own games, according to CNET.

The company also unveiled a dedicated Stadia controller, although users will also be able to use third-party controllers or a keyboard and mouse to play games.

Google did not provide a price point for the platform yet.

Stadia builds on Google's experimental Project Stream, launched in October.