Google unveiled on Tuesday a browser-based video streaming service that would work on any TV with Chromecast, computers running a Chrome browser, and Google's Pixel devices.
"Stadia is a new video game platform, delivering instant access to your favorite games on any type of screen—whether it’s a TV, laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile phone," Phil Harrison, a vice president and general manager at Google, said.
"Our goal is to make those games available in resolutions up to 4K and 60 frames per second with HDR and surround sound. We’ll be launching later this year in select countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K. and much of Europe," he noted.
Harrison explained that Stadia uses the globally connected network of Google data centers to free players from the limitations of traditional consoles and PCs.
"When players use Stadia, they'll be able to access their games at all times, and on virtually any screen. And developers will have access to nearly unlimited resources to create the games they’ve always dreamed of," he stressed.
"It’s a powerful hardware stack combining server class GPU, CPU, memory and storage, and with the power of Google’s data center infrastructure, Stadia can evolve as quickly as the imagination of game creators."
Google demonstrated a new feature in YouTube that will let you view a game clip and then hit “play now” to instantly stream the title. Players will then be able to play straight from the browser itself.