Google unveils new cloud-based gaming service

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Published on March 20, 2019 - Duration: 02:07s

Google unveils new cloud-based gaming service

Google announced on Tuesday that it would launch a browser-based video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company's cloud technology and global network of data centers.

Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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Google unveils new cloud-based gaming service

Google CEO Sundar Pichai admits he isn't a big gamer - but he is big on having his company make money from games.

SOUNDBITE: SUNDAR PICHAI, GOOGLE CEO.

Saying: "I think we change the game by bringing together the power and creativity of the entire community, people who love to play games, people who love to watch games, and people who love to build games." To that end, Google on Tuesday unveiled Stadia - its new cloud-based gaming platform.

Google executives, presenting at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, explained how Stadia, by living in the cloud, allows games to be played on laptops, desktops, tvs and mobile phones - and even to be streamed to youtube for fans to watch.

Reuters tech reporter Paresh Dave.

SOUNDBITE: PARESH DAVE, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, saying: "Google has tried to make gaming happen on virtual reality headsets they've tried to make gaming happen on televisions.

They have 200 million people who watch gaming related content on Youtube every day.

The games are the biggest category on the Android mobile app store.

Twenty billion dollars worth of games sold there last year.

(EDIT) but there's lots of questions because they don't have the relationships with major game publishers that Microsoft and Sony and all these companies that have been gaming for far much longer do." In fact, Google has not said yet which games will be available on Stadia - or how they'll be priced - but said it would be making some games in-house.

SOUNDBITE: PHIL HARRISON, GOOGLE VICE PRESIDENT, saying: "With Stadia this waiting game Will be a thing of the past.

The power of instant access is magical and has already transformed the music and movie industries and with Stadia it is now available at the highest level of gaming." Games can be played using mice and keyboards or a wifi enabled controller that Google unveiled.

SOUNDBITE: PARESH DAVE, REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, saying: "As much as hardware has become a big priority for Google over the last couple of years, there's big questions about whether they found much success.

Their pixel phones, other devices haven't been huge successes.

And it's unclear that this new focus on gaming hardware will be any better." Stadia is set to launch sometime this year in the U.S. Canada and much of Europe.

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