Google announced its brand new streaming platform at the GDC this week but gave no word on how much the service is going to cost.
As expected, Google made a groundbreaking announcement at the Game Developers Conference this week. While most of us were eagerly awaiting information about a console the company was working on, Google threw us a curveball. It is stepping into the extremely competitive world of gaming -- but you won't need a console to play Google's games.
Instead, all you will need is a TV with Chromecast, a Google Pixel phone, or a PC with Google Chrome. Chances are high that most of you reading this already have one or more of those. On those devices, you will be able to run Google's new game streaming service, Stadia, which is set to launch later this year. As rumored, Google has also developed its very own controller specifically for use with games on Stadia.
Truth be told, Google gave us a lot of information about its plans for Stadia. In fact, it gave us more than we expected, truth be told. However, what we don't know is how much this is going to cost. There have been hints, but nothing concrete. One of Google's Vice Presidents, Phil Harrison, told CNN Business that one of the reasons why Google opted for a streaming service is so players don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on hardware.
How exactly Stadia players will be able to get their hands on games has been hinted at, too. Google revealed that it has already been working with a handful of developers, with one of them being Ubisoft. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot, explained after the Stadia announcement that he expected titles to be available for both direct purchase and rental. However, once again, there was no mention of how much anything is going to cost.
Regardless of the lack of information when it comes to price, we are still extremely excited about the arrival of Stadia. It sounds as if Google has very much done its homework, and it already has a lot of heavy hitters on its side. Gaming is the only real holdout when it comes to the streaming of entertainment, and that is seemingly all about to change.