Google’s Game Developers Conference keynote today pulled the curtain back on Stadia, a service that allows anyone to play new video games by streaming them over the internet. According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the ambition was to “build a gaming platform for everyone,” which means no barriers — including hardware.
The idea is wild: Google Vice President Phil Harrison took to the stage and showed how players will be able to load up a YouTube trailer. At the end of an official trailer, you might see a button that says “Play Now,” and pressing it will launch you straight into whatever game you were watching within seconds. You’ll be able to play straight from the browser itself. According to Google, the YouTube integration will also allow for real-time streaming at 4K and 60 frames-per-second, eventually allowing for 120 FPS at 8k.
To show it off, Harrison said they intentionally bought the lowest-end PC possible — meaning that as long as you have an internet connection, you’ll be able to play modern video games without hitches. Stadia will reportedly work on nearly anything from phones to tablets, and Chromebooks.