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Stadia wants you to replace your video game console

Google's new console-free gaming service is a neat concept. But there are too many unknowns

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Brian X Chen
Wouldn’t it be great if video game consoles went away and we could play games on any device? After all, the games — not the machines — are what we care about.

That is Google’s ambition with Stadia, the streaming game service that the company plans to release on Tuesday.

The product is not the hardware that we see in our homes. Instead, it’s Google’s data centres, which are handling the computing power to run games and to broadcast them to our smartphones, tablets and television sets over the internet. 

That’s unlike a traditional console, which plays games directly from the hardware.

The result:

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First Published: Dec 28 2019 | 9:12 PM IST

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