Google Stadia - Future Gaming and Implications

Google has showcased a new Gaming Device Google Stadia earlier in June this year, it is very different to traditional local gaming engines such as PS4, Xbox. Stadia runs on Cloud! We will briefly discuss what Cloud Gaming could bring to our gaming lives.

Gaming on Cloud - Enables new opportunities: Data from gamers, play 4k Full HD game on your Mobiles, allow AI to help you beat a difficult Boss battle if you needed help instantly!

Check out this diagram - Traditional Gaming vs Cloud Gaming (Google Stadia):

Traditional Gaming


Cloud Gaming

Cloud Gaming is where games are executed on the backend server and game's "Output" is sent as a video stream to your display device (be it TV or Mobile), just like Netflix or Youtube. The game Controller (Google Stadia Controller / Mobile) communicates directly to the backend server. Most obvious beneift we see here is that Cloud Gaming replaces the need of high-end Devices to play Games. Though an important requirement is to have a stable internet connection.


Google has direct control of the Games running and the data generated there. This brings unique gaming experiences as listed below.

Live Streaming

E-sports became a business due to its ability to attract millions of followers/viewers to watch Live-streams from Professional Gamers.

Live-streaming on Stadia is even easier now, since the gameplay is already broadcasting from the Stadia servers. It'll be readily available to anyone interested. The Pro-gamer does not need software/hardware to hosts its own game streams anymore.

AI Game Assistant

A very special feature shown on the Stadia conference is where if you needed help in the Game - you can get assist from Stadia game AI to offer you Tips, or even show you simulations of how to pass a bottleneck spot..

Google has all the tools to train AI for games - tons of data from gamers + Reinforced learningjust like Deepmind on "Go".

Savegames into States

For those who do not know what "Save games" are, it is common game feature to let players to "Save" the state of their game and resume play later, typical for lengthy Adventure/RPG games.

Now with Google Stadia, "Game States" are introduced.

You can save the game anytime and resume the play later. Moreover, a cool feature is the ability to Share Game States with other Stadia friends! so if you are having difficulty in a Boss battle, you can send your Game State to a friend, get them to clear the Boss and you can continue on from there.

Trivia!

Back in the old Famicon days , the concept for "Savegames" doesn't really exists. There's no storage on these old gaming consoles.

Saved games back then were represented by an encoded string of password on the screen where you write it down on paper. Next time you want to Continue the game you'll have to enter the password letter by letter!

P.S. Could never forgot this: I had a 100 letter-code copied down for a game, but it just couldn't Load correctly.. probably had a typo back then.. kids are so happy nowdays 😖

Ancient way to deal with "Savegames"


We then have modern consoles Playstation / XBOX with hard disk imbuilt and saving games is simple as ever.


References

Here is a brief video of Google Stadia Conference:


Business Implications

Cloud Gaming concept is even more possible with the arrival of 5G. Even simple mobiles will have the luxury of playing 4K HD games on their mobile (assuming the screen resolution supports it!).

Also, more people will have access to Gaming as they do no need to spend a fortune buying hardware to play.

At Zoar our management team are investing in Game development - Quote from our team:

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Even if stocks market crash, children still needs to Play and Learn.

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Let us know if you want to do cross-overs with a game in your business. 😎.


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