News & Opinion | March 19, 2019 3:35 pm

Google Announces Stadia, A Netflix-Like Gaming Service

Tech giant may revolutionize video game industry... for better or worse.

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Attendees stand near the Stadia logo during the GDC Game Developers Conference on March 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Google announced Stadia, a new streaming service that allows players to play games online without consoles or computers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Move over Playstation and Microsoft Xbox, Google just announced Stadia, their new gaming service and according to CNET it’s like Netflix, but for video games.

“Our ambition is far beyond a single game,” said Google’s Phil Harrison. The company wants to give users access to games instantly. “The power of instant access is magical, and it’s already transformed the music and movie industries.”

Stadia users won’t need bulky gaming systems or a super expensive PC to play- they only need a TV and Google’s Chrome browser along with a special Google controller that connects to the service over wifi.

Though the service is set to launch this summer in the US, Canada and across the UK and Europe, Google has yet to provide details about the cost to use the service.

If you’re worried about the quality of the picture, don’t be. Google promises that streamers will see the game in 4k ultra-high-def at 60-frames per second. The internet giant has also partnered with Epic Games and Unity to develop software and titles.

Google will also make its own video games through a new studio called Stadia Games and Entertainment.

Jade Raymond, the head of the new studio is excited about Google’s future in gaming: “We are on the brink of a huge revolution in gaming,” he said.