Google's Netflix-like Stadia instantly makes it a video game powerhouse

CNET | 3/19/2019 | Ian Sherr
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai announces Stadia.

For years, we played video games in arcades. Then we huddled in front of specialized consoles hooked up to our living room televisions. The most dedicated of us built our own expensive PCs for the best experience.

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Google is hoping to push another big change in gaming.

On Tuesday, Google announced Stadia, a service that lets you play games by way of a wide variety of devices and an internet connection, similar to how you watch shows and movies on Netflix.

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The selling point for Stadia is convenience: You don't need a hunky game console or expensive PC. Just a TV, browser, phone or low-end PC that can surf the web using Google's Chrome browser. And a specialized controller from Google that connects to its service over Wi-Fi.

Google's promise for Stadia.

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"Our ambition is far beyond a single game," said Google's Phil Harrison. Instead, the company sees the opportunity to give players "instant access" to a game by clicking a link. "The power of instant access is magical, and it's already transformed the music and movie industries."

The project will launch in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe in 2019. Google didn't say how much games will cost to play, though the company said it plans to say more in the summer.

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Google sees gaming as a new way to seep into your life -- as if email, search, YouTube and its Android software aren't enough -- through the promise of massive convenience. Who needs to spend hundreds of dollars on Microsoft's Xbox One, Sony's PlayStation 4, Nintendo's Switch or a PC when you can just play a game over the internet on a scrawny laptop?

Though Google isn't the first company to offer game streaming, its entry into the space could make waves within the video game world. Google has...
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