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    Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Custom AMD GPU backed service will work on Chrome browser, Chromecast, and more.
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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Could be exciting. Wonder if Steam will follow suit this year too.. Fingers crossed.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Saw this on the BBC news yesterday. Hasn't this all been done before
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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    CPU is explicitly mentioned as custom, the GPU isn't, so it's very likely to be a plain old Vega 56, binned for higher clocks.

    Are Intel doing custom CPUs? Most likely this is a Zen of some sort, but the clocks seem low.

    There is a suggestion that this is a custom APU on 7nm, a shrunk Vega 56 + CPUs, the L2+L3 figure is very odd for AMD, supporting the custom aspect (8MB L3, 256KB L2 on 6 Zen 2 cores?).

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    It'll be great....on a 10gbit fat pipe within 20miles of a server.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    CPU is most likely part of an Epyc chip, I would expect the hardware to be 2u servers with Epyc CPU's and 4 Instinct cards.
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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    This is very unexpected because it is from Google, it was otherwise inevitable that gaming ends up in the cloud. It has been attempted before but honestly I believe Google has the ability to make it work more than those who have gone before. The biggest problem is most people around the world don’t have either affordable internet or fast enough connections. This is evident by the launch to be limited to developed countries where internet is relatively fast and affordable.
    Eventually more people will be able to enjoy the platform as internet becomes more affordable and faster across the globe.

    The didn’t mention who they are sourcing the CPU from, Intel or AMD. This is the kind of market Intel and AMD need for their CPUs because personal computers are seeing little performance improvement with each new generation.

    Cloud Gaming VS Console Gaming VS PC Gaming; who will win?

    How many people actually play games at 4K? Most people gaming are on 1080p with a few PC enthusiasts on 1440p.
    This might give 4K screens a boast in sales, on every platform, TV, PC monitors, smartphones, tablets.

    What about VR?

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Quote Originally Posted by Platinum View Post
    CPU is most likely part of an Epyc chip, I would expect the hardware to be 2u servers with Epyc CPU's and 4 Instinct cards.
    They said Radeon... not Instict.
    Why make stuff up.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    I might be wrong but I thought it was mentioned that both CPU and GPU were AMD, makes sense it buy from a single supplier....

    Also in terms of VR, I'm assuming latency would still be an issue at present.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    There have been lots of videos and research into how low a latency you need before it isn't noticeable. I think it position that 50ms and less is adequate but 20ms or less is preferred.

    Once you go over 50mbps it's not the bandwidth causing the latency, it's the networking equipment, routing and isp overhead.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    Saw this on the BBC news yesterday. Hasn't this all been done before
    Yes but not well, Google is megacorp of the internet, if anyone can do this it's Google.

    Sony's PSNow service is descended from early attempts like Gaikai and OnLive but it's not that great a service, I've tested out PSNow quite a bit and found 60fps games work best but a lot of console titles are 30fps and feel really off even if the latency isn't an issue. Also visual quality is quite poor with whatever Sony is using for compression.

    Google is targeting 60fps and will likely deliver decent image quality, the WiFi controller is a clever addition too.

    The ability to market individual games across Android Play store and Youtube is very powerful.

    The downsides
    * More power for Google a company that has too much as it is.
    * Google controls everything over the service and can shut down any game it doesn't like, freezing anyone out from it.
    * This service demands a high speed connection,anyone with data caps should probably avoid it.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Quote Originally Posted by kimgitz View Post
    What about VR?
    OOOooo, 120hz 1440p phone and a 5G experience. We Are Getting there folks, BooYaAa

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    I suspect this will be quite a pricy, and a subscription based service too. I don't think that was mentioned though was it? Certainly none of the articles i've seen are covering those aspects of it.
    Although i've no doubt they can pull it off technically, getting people to ditch the PC, PS & xbox will be quite something else.
    It's getting people to change thier habbits that's going to be tougher than the technology.

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Was expecting a lot higher specs tbh.
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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Its not really very interesting or revolutionary - Geforce now actually does a pretty decent job of this sort of service, and crucially it *doesn't* require you to repurchase your games....I can login to GFN, then login to steam from there adn away I go. The latency is no good for competiive gaming, but for casual gaming it works brilliantly...as long as you have a fast internet connection and are hard wired.

    Streaming will be the future for many imo but if google is only supporting games "made for stadia" they are really limiting themselves imo.

    Time will tell I guess, but personally I am not willing to sacrifice graphical/audio fidelity and put up wtih increased latency. I'm not hte target market mind given that I have a PC already

    The big quesiton for me though is will they "pull an Epic" and turn themselves into an anti-competitvie store purchasing exclusives of AAA games - lets hope not!

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    Re: Google unveils Stadia game streaming service

    Quote Originally Posted by Spud1 View Post
    The big quesiton for me though is will they "pull an Epic" and turn themselves into an anti-competitvie store purchasing exclusives of AAA games - lets hope not!
    Careful, don't want to rile up the forums!

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