At the gaming developer conference in March 2019, Google announced its streaming game service, Stadia. The streaming service is set to work on smartphones, tablets, TVs, laptops and even computers via Chrome. It will rely on Mountain View-based technology giant’s data centers in more than 200 countries around the world. At the end of last month, Google announced that it would unveil Google Stadia’s prizes and launch titles this “summer”. Now, Google has announced that it will host a special “Stadia Connect” event before E3 2019, during which the company will unveil key details about the platform.
As we mentioned, Google announced at the end of last month that it will release prices and availability this summer, and we can expect this announcement, scheduled for June 6, to address this topic. Via an extremely short video uploaded to Stadia’s official YouTube account, Google has confirmed that Stadia Connect’s presentation will include “launch information, game announcements and [a] revealing prize”. The event will be broadcast live on the same account at 9:00 am PDT (9:30 pm PT) on June 6th. The launch of Stadia in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and parts of Europe is scheduled for 2019 in 2021. The revelation will take place before E3 2019, which will begin on June 11.
At GDC 2019, Google announced that its data centers had been equipped with gaming-based hardware to keep up with the challenge of streaming heavy games. The Stadia 10.7 teraflop GPU manufactured by AMD powers the centers. In comparison, the Xbox One X has 6 teraflops and the PS4 Pro, 4.2 teraflops. Stadia will support the game on multiple platforms and should come with the Stadia controller, a traditional controller similar to that of PlayStation and featuring a dedicated Google Assistant button. That said, Google says that most conventional game controllers should also work properly.
Microsoft is also working hard to finalize its own game streaming service, xCloud, which was announced in October 2018. More details about xCloud and its public trials are expected to be announced at Microsoft’s E3 event this Sunday. Last March, Apple announced its game subscription service called “Apple Arcade”, which should be launched this fall in more than 150 countries. The service will offer more than 100 new games at launch and will run on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. On Monday, during the WWDC 2019 speech, Apple also announced that tvOS and iOS would benefit from support for the Microsoft Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers.