So Google’s recently-announced Stadia is a video game streaming service, as we all expected. There isn’t even a box involved, Google wants you to play video games over streaming through all kinds of computers and mobile devices. The obstacles previous attempts like OnLive and Gaikai faced haven’t really changed, but Google’s decidedly hardware-agnostic approach addresses issues that, really, have defined video games since the beginning.
I think the features Google touts with Stadia sound cool — basically being able to google search a game or watch it on YouTube, then immediately start playing that game on whatever device you already own. If it ever actually works, maybe it could be a way to end console wars, or at least offer people an alternate path around them. Continue reading