Recently, Google announced Stadia which is a perfect example of how cloud gaming will change the future of gaming.

Google has shown clearly how the traditional video gaming market will change with Stadia forever. The search giant has in fact launched a new streaming platform that enables people to play games across a range of appliances without the need for a machine or console with state of the art graphics and processors.

The launch planned to take place later this year will bring together gamers, developers, streamers, and YouTube.

Stadia will be a cloud-based gaming platform.

The streaming platform announced at the San Francisco Game Developers Conference calls the “Big Three” on the Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo gambling market, and seeks to stream top-quality games traditionally played on video game consoles and PCs.

Stadia will also be fully integrated into YouTube, which is also Google owned.

While Google may be trying to offer a unified games platform for downloading, playback and high-speed sharing of games without delay, there are still many unanswered issues.

What’s Google’s Stadia business model? What will be the games on launch? How much do the games cost? How quickly is it to play games on the Internet? How are the developers going to benefit?

What Is Google Stadia?
Stadia is a cloud streaming service that uses traditional console manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft. It has been called Project Stream. The idea is to build a game platform that will consolidate the whole game process, from development, hospitality, distribution, and advertising.

The reliance on expensive hardware also decreases.

Stadia is designed to bring the mainstream public high-quality games by reducing entry costs. So instead of buying a costly PS4 or Xbox One console, you can play the same heavy games on Laptops, PCs, TVs, Tablets and also smartphones.

In other words, there is no need to buy separate gaming hardware on Stadia, because the only hardware that the streaming service requires is designed by Google is a game controller.

Stadia allows someone on an existing device with a Chrome browser and controller to play console-quality gaming.

Google will also have its own Stadia control system, which includes stream buttons to YouTube and Google Assistant for gaming support. You can also play Stadia games using existing controllers or mouse and keyboard.

How Does Stadia Work?
Stadia will stream games to players in 200 countries and territories from Google’s data centers. According to Google, Stadia can deliver lag-free gaming with HDR and surround sound up to 4K resolution on 60 FPS. Google will also support an 8K resolution in the future with 120 FPS.

Google partnered with AMD chipmaker to build a specialized GPU for its data centers in order to accomplish this. The chip is intended to provide 10.7 teraflops power (compare with the 4.2 teraflops in PS4 or with 6 teraflops in Xbox One X).

How Much Will Stadia Cost?
Cost is here the major factor and Google has kept silent about the business model. We do not know if Google is going to sell games as per titles or as part of a subscription plan of the Netflix style.

The maintenance costs of data servers are large, plus the development of games are also needed. We expect answers closer to launch, but without knowing the business model of Google, it is difficult to say what will be the effect of Stadia on the video game market.

When Is It Going To Be Released?
For consumers in India, a service like Stadia makes sense, where game consoles are not high due to the cost of hardware and games themselves. With Reliance Jio GigaFiber’s commercial launch in the near future, India could launch its Video Gaming Stadia Streaming service for testing Google.

Google did not announce its planning at the time of the announcement in India to start up its service. It said, however, that in 2019 Stadia will start in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Europe.