Google Stadia may drastically change the cloud-gaming landscape

CNET | 3/21/2019 | Lori Grunin
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The Stadia Controller, which is likely what Project Yeti was all about (rather than a console-like box) since Stadia will be able to run on an existing Chromecast.

Playing your favorite game from anywhere and on any device is 2019's holy grail of entertainment, and based on Google's big Stadia reveal at the Game Developer's Conference this week -- that's the platform which has emerged from its Project Stream and Project Yeti work -- it's possibly well on the way to winning the chalice. Or, at the very least, conceptualizing what it looks like.

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What do we mean when we talk about cloud gaming or game streaming? In cloud gaming, processing occurs on a remote server that "streams" the rendered frames to your local device, which sends back commands based on your in-game activity. People have taken to calling it "game streaming."

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Nature - Movie - Music - Streaming - Game

But gaming's active, bidirectional nature makes it different from traditional movie and music streaming. It's also different from Twitch-like game broadcasts, which is why I prefer "cloud gaming."

That term also differentiates it from in-home streaming -- served up by the original Steam Link, HP's Omen Game Stream, AMD Link mobile and a lot of others -- where you run games off a local system to play on less powerful devices but those devices are still on the same network. They're also different from online multiplayer games such as Fortnite, which run entirely in the cloud but still perform most of the processing on your device.

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Many of the problems from a couple of years ago remain. Here are the current players and where they stand.

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Google's use of the plural of "stadium" for its new gaming platform hits the mark, even if its logo doesn't quite resonate; the...
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