Google Stadia video game streaming service is one of the first ones of its kind. It is one of the only services backed up by a $billion company which is leading the gaming industry into a possible streaming centric future.
Google has partnered with some AAA publishers for Stadia games. Bethesda and Ubisoft are among the two companies ready to bring games to Google’s video game streaming platform.
But despite being silent about the future of Grand Theft Auto games, Take-Two has shown interest in bringing its renowned IPs to streaming services. CEO Strauss Zelnick expressed his interest in Google Stadia game streaming service during a recent earnings call.
The CEO shared his optimism for the future of streaming services. However, a latency-free experience won’t be easy to deliver and if Google can achieve it, Take-Two would be highly interested in bringing games like GTA 6, Bully 2, and Red Dead Redemption, and more streaming platforms.
With regards to streaming technology and what it could mean for us, we’re very optimistic about the notion of streaming technology, bringing our titles to consumers who currently don’t have access to them.
And the promise of being able to sign on to a service, you with virtually no barriers without a box in between and being able to play our games on any device whatsoever around the world, and to do with low latency. Well, that’s, that’s very compelling if that can be delivered.
We have heard about GTA 6 for a long time and it was always rumored that it will follow the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. Now that Red Dead is out the development teams at Rockstar Games can fully focus on Grand Theft Auto 6.
Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive teases big projects for coming years and it is safe to say one of the projects in development is GTA 6. According to Zelnick, they have the “strongest development pipeline” in company history “including sequels” from their biggest franchises, and new IPs.
Company president Karl Slatoff stated that we will see these project come to fruition in the next few years.
We’re not just investing to invest for years and years and years without actually getting the releases coming out. You will expect to see these investments coming to fruition over the next few years
Seeing future Take-Two Interactive games on Google Stadia would be interesting. But as we know, most Take-Two games are highly demanding, will Stadia be able to handle them?
Google Stadia Specs
- Custom 2.7GHz hyper-threaded x86 CPU with AVX2 SIMD and 9.5MB L2+L3 cache
- Custom AMD GPU with HBM2 memory and 56 compute units, capable of 10.7 teraflops
- 16GB of RAM with up to 484GB/s of performance
- SSD cloud storage
Google itself is expected to produce its own new video games properly optimized for Stadia. Google games are being developed at the newly created first-party studio led by former Ubisoft creative head Jade Raymond. Google’s in-house studio will create original games for Stadia streaming.
Named Stadia Games and Entertainment, Google’s first party studio will “reimagine the new generation of games” and “will also be working with external developers to make all of the bleeding-edge Google technology you’ve seen today available to partner studios big and small.”
Stadia Games and Entertainment consists of multiple studios. Google will also work with external developers for game development and partnerships. Currently, Google’s Stadia partners include Ubisoft, id Software, and Q-Games.
Google Stadia games, for now, include Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Doom, and more. The service will release this year in select regions.
Video game streaming seems to be a big part of the future now that major companies are showing meaningful interest. Microsoft itself is working on a streaming platform called Project xCloud. The service is aimed at casual gamers who would like access to Microsoft’s Xbox games library on the go. Microsoft’s streaming service reached a major milestone recently and is ready to hit public testing later this year.
More news at E3 2019.
Source: Seeking Alpha