A new player enters the ring! Today at San Francisco's GDC, Google unveils its gaming proposition to the world. Will it be a traditional console, a streaming service or something else? Join us from 5pm GMT to find out.

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Coverage

15:42

Good morning from sunny California where we're about to see Google unveil its much anticipated gaming platform.

15:42

Well, first we'll be getting a nice coffee and walking over to the Moscone Center, but that'll all happen soon enough.

16:29

The queues outside the Moscone Center are phenomenal.

16:32

And we're now inside. It's a very plush set-up - a handful of polystyrene rocks and some low-key white stage furnishings.

16:32

The weirdest thing, though, is that there's *carpet*.

16:33

I think, fact fans, this could be the first fully carpeted console reveal for some time.

16:34

One fun thing is the amount of nonsense that's whispered in the queues for these things.

16:34

I remember, just prior to the proper unveiling and naming of the Wii U, there were rumours going around that it was going to be called, simply, the 'Nintendo'. That was a good one.

16:35

Anyway today's nonsense is that Google's secured exclusives from several high profile Japanese publishers, and that a new OutRun is one of them.

16:36

Obviously if that happens you'll hear me scream. Also probably streak the stage. I'll be coming from the left side of the audience, so keep an eye out for that.

16:36

There's the air of anticipation hanging around outside the Moscone, though, the sense that something *exciting* is about to happen.

16:37

jks, that's just the thick cloud of weed smoke that hangs over downtown San Francisco now.

16:39

Unfortunately we've got a slight bug in our CMS right now that means I can't pull comments into the feed, for now. I'll keep an eye on them though - I'm not ignoring you!

16:40

Will we see some exclusive games revealed? I certainly hope so.

16:41

We might well see some Ubisoft games, seeing as I just saw little Yves saunter in and take a seat on the front row.

16:44

There is something super exciting about sitting here waiting for the announce of something potentially monumental, and to witness a new player enter the console space.

16:45

Also it'll be amazing to see new and exciting ways to cock up a console launch. Phil Harrison has *some* experience of that after that fateful Xbox One reveal.

16:45

Lessons will have been learned though, surely, so I'm expecting something a bit more robust and thought-through this time out.

16:47

I still can't over this carpet tbh.

16:47

Very thick tog, got quite a nice resistance to it under the foot.

16:48

Quite tempted to just roll around and indulge in its softness. Might well do that if there is a new OutRun.

16:48

Fwoooof, I think some of those fumes from outside the Moscone Center might have got to my head.

16:49

Still, how do you go about cleaning a carpet like this? I hope that's addressed in the keynote today.

16:49

Oh, that and a business model for whatever they're doing when it comes to streaming. That'd be nice.

16:50

That, a launch date and launch line-up and the announcement of some new studios/exclusive games. That'd all do nicely.

16:50

All that, and if they could tell me how a carpet like this can have so many dirty shoes on it and still look so spotless.

16:51

Kami is saying it's Roombas. Are they that effective?

16:51

Honestly this carpet looks as soft and inviting as the fur from that big dog thing in Never Ending Story.

16:52

We are less than ten minutes away from the big reveal. Hold me!

16:54

The lights go down!

16:54

And then they go up again, as there's still five minutes to go. It's all go hear at the Moscone.

16:54

The room is filling up nicely. On-stage there are a series of symbols that keep clouding in and out of view.

16:55

People are trying to read unnannounced games into them. At the moment we've got a pentagon, pointer arrow, log, meat and gold.

16:55

Which is an easy one. Rogue Warrior 2.

16:56

Believe.

16:56

I *think* this is scheduled to last 60 minutes.

16:56

Though there are murmurings it might creep up to 90 minutes.

16:57

Oh there are cowboy symbols up on the screen now so we're totally going to see Red Dead Redemption 3 in a tick too.

16:59

T minus 60 seconds. Let's do this, people.

16:59

Geniunely thrilled. I have such a thing for video game presentations like this. Bring it.

16:59

(The disappointment and snark kicks in after about 20 minutes, don't worry).

17:00

And we're running late already. Screwed it.

17:00

Unless there are latency issues and it has started already.

17:01

Symbols now read: brains, hazard sign, grave, knife, zombie.

17:01

That's a Wet sequel right there for sure.

17:01

And here we go.

17:01

It looks kind of like the aliens from Arrival?

17:02

Is this how Google announces it's hard first contact?

17:02

No wait, it's the Google logo. Made out of a cloud!

17:02

I see what they did there.

17:03

The sub-bass game is strong in the auditorium. I'm just glad I cleared by bowels before coming here.

17:03

Sundar Pichai takes the stage to kick us off.

17:03

And we're straight in with a cricket joke, so I'm onboard.

17:04

He's starting off by saying he's not a big gamer, but is all about solving hard computer problems. The lad.

17:05

MrTomFTW - don't think a jacket can stop my prying eyes.

17:06

Our first look at a trad game is Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which has been available on Project Stream for a while.

17:07

tbh I got dazzled by the carpet again and when I looked up he was talking about traffic or something.

17:07

Oh there are games again - it's Odyssey, running through Google Chrome.

17:07

And Google obviously has the infrastructure to support an ambitious online undertaking like this.

17:08

And the mission statement - it's building a game platform for everyone.

17:09

And doing away with the barriers that are between many pepole and a lot of games.

17:09

And this is about bringing together communities too - obviously with YouTube being a part of that.

17:10

I think this is the reveal now. I hope.

17:10

Graphics look good.

17:11

btw I hope you like YouTubers, because this is a platform meant very much for them.

17:11

And the name is - Google Stadia.

17:11

I think that was the reveal?

17:12

It was! Stadia is Google's gaming platform.

17:12

And here's big Phil to rock it old school.

17:13

Phil Harrison is looking beautifully casual, untucked and with bright sneakers to boot.

17:13

He looks comfortable.

17:14

Also is it just me or has nothing of substance been said yet?

17:14

We have a name and a logo.

17:15

It's also worth remembering, of course, that this is a GDC keynote - so it's very much targeted at developers rather than scummy consumers like us.

17:15

Yves is here, as I pointed out earlier.

17:15

He's actually much bigger in person than I would have thought.

17:16

So, as you'd know if you've tried Project Stream, you can play Assassin's Creed Odyseey in a browser.

17:17

Here's an example of how this will work in the wild, though.

17:17

You can click on a play now on a game trailer on YouTube and be playing the game within five seconds.

17:17

Now that sounds a bit like magic.

17:18

It's an end to download bars and waiting for day one updates and big patches.

17:18

There are four men taking the sheets off something in the corner of the stage.

17:19

Oh it's just some computers and shit, 'cos this console is not a box.

17:19

It's still just Assassin's Creed Odyssey - a great game, but a curious thing to pin this presentation on. Though Ubisoft are obviously pleased.

17:20

Moving from device to device and picking up the game instantaneously. This is impressive stuff.

17:20

And there's our first look at the controller. It looks like a video game controller alright!

17:20

If you're playing on TV, all you need is a Chromecast.

17:21

Back quickly to that controller - the dual sticks were sitting opposite each other, unlike the staggered layout of something like the Xbox One controller.

17:21

But it mostly looked like a video game controller circa 2018.

17:22

Not sure if it has rumble as that's a last gen feature, obv.

17:22

The smart thing is this controller is wi-fi enabled and connects directly to the server.

17:23

The new buttons, on top of those we see on every other controller, is a share button that links you to YouTube, and a Google Assistant button.

17:23

Let's talk infrastructure. With Majd Bakar.

17:24

Let's talk data centres.

17:24

Let's talk edge nodes.

17:24

Actually that last one does sound kind of sexy.

17:25

By the time of Stadia's launch, it will support 4K, 60fps, HDR and surround sound.

17:25

And 8K resolution will be possible in the future.

17:26

I mostly want to know what the Konami code printed on the back of the Stadia controller does though.

17:27

'The data center is your platform'. That's sexy talk.

17:27

Google has partnered with AMD to make a GPU with some 10 teraflops.

17:27

10.7 teraflops, sorry.

17:28

That's big boy talk.

17:28

Not that I understand what it means in practice, of course.

17:28

But everyone here is cheering it and they probably know what's what.

17:29

Unity and Unreal are onboard, as are Vulkan, Havok, Improbable.

17:29

And many, many more.

17:29

id is up, so let's see how Doom runs on this thing.

17:30

2016 Doom, that is.

17:30

Would dearly love to see something a bit fresher being shown on this, as much as I adore Doom.

17:31

Oh, it's Doom Eternal. Can't get fresher than that.

17:31

It's the first game confirmed for Stadia.

17:31

And it'll run at 4K with HDR at 60fps on the platform.

17:33

There's the ability to run on multiple GPUs too, to great effect.

17:34

Here we see how it adds complexity to water deformation in a pre-baked demo.

17:35

It means an end to cheating and hacking in multiplayer games - and scalable tech too, meaning it could enable 1000 player Battle Royales. Rejoice.

17:35

And it'll be cross-platform play.

17:36

Erin Hoffman-John, now telling us how she's mates with wizards.

17:37

A proof of concept from Tangent games that looks a lot like that old Crackdown 3 demo, with destructible buildings on a grand scale.

17:38

Splitscreen gaming is also empowered by this - you can pull in multiple streams on a single screen.

17:39

Whic is all impressive but I just heard that Virtua Racing will have eight player splitscreen on the Switch so beat that yeah?

17:40

Luz Sancho from Tequila Works now on-stage.

17:42

Machine learning and its benefits to developers, who can input an image to help define an artstyle on a grey box.

17:42

From Kandinsky to Van Gogh to proper art like Pac Man, it's very impressive stuff.

17:43

State share is on now, with Q-Games' Dylan Cuthbert on-stage to talk us through State Share.

17:44

You can share a game state in the form of a link. So it sounds like sharing the timestamp on a YouTube video, but *games*.

17:45

Q-Games are developing their biggest game yet for Stadia. We won't see it today - it'll be unveiled later this year.

17:45

We're not seeing new games, though that will likely come at a consumer show like E3.

17:46

What we are seeing is a litany of great ideas that seem like they'll be the foundations for a new generation. It's quite exciting.

17:48

All that, and some bullshit about YouTubers.

17:48

Delighted to say I have no idea who this is.

17:49

God I'm old.

17:49

It's MatPat everyone!

17:52

I think we've got around nine minutes left, so after this lad has stopped knobbling on hopefully there's time to talk business model for this.

17:53

The next innovation is using Google Assistant to help in a level.

17:53

And there's a look at Tomb Raider, so it looks like Square and Crystal Dynamics are onboard.

17:54

Dev hardware has shipped to over 100 studios.

17:55

And there is Stadia Games and Entertainment, Google's own first party game studio.

17:55

Leading that is Jade Raymond.

17:57

First-party game studios but also external devs part of this.

17:57

Whooooo though.

17:57

It seems like those announcements, and any new games, are being kept for a later date.

17:58

So what we have is a concept and some fascinating ideas.

17:58

It'll be on the showfloor here, which is great - but obviously the real test will come when it's in the home on a connection out in the wild.

17:59

This is wrapping up, so it looks like there'll be no word on business model either.

17:59

We have a release date - sort of - in that it's coming at some point this year.

17:59

Coming to UK, US, Canada and large parts of Europe.

18:00

The games side of things is being covered off in the summer. So that's it. Google has just entered the game.

18:00

Impressed?

18:01

There are some wonderfully smart ideas under all that, and it could be incredibly empowering.

18:01

I think people are likely still burnt by their experiences with OnLive and PlayStation Now, so I think Google will be fighting some apathy until it brings out the games later this year.

18:03

That's not it when it comes to news from GDC - expect some big announcements from Epic, Valve and maybe a new game or two as well.

18:03

Hopefully catch you all later in the week - thanks for joining us here!

18:17

(Oh, and you can check out all of Digital Foundry's extensive hands-on coverage live on the site now!)

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    Krychek 4 weeks ago
    Strange to think of a videogame "platform exclusive" that you'll never install locally or actually own. Remote data center game exclusives. Streaming-only game exclusives.I dunno, man.
    spearmp 4 weeks ago
    I'm fully expecting Google to do an epic and start throwing money around to secure exclusives.
    the_thot 4 weeks ago
    'we'll be using power of the cloud'Harrison got the nerve to try that same con-trick a second time? Fuck off Google.
    Krychek 4 weeks ago
    Fucking hell, AMD signing long term hardware provider deals with Sony, Microsoft, and now Google.Home and data center.Think about it, even xCloud blades (obviously) feature AMD hardware.So much guaranteed manufacturing for AMD over the next decade, irrespective of the success of their consumer PC hardware.
    harryisme 4 weeks ago
    So far nothing shown that would make me consider them over Sony or MS for my game streaming needs when the time comes.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    the_ewan - Will be fascinating to see what the gaming world chooses in the coming years.
    PSfourskin 4 weeks ago
    Certainly interested enough to give it a chance/
    Les 4 weeks ago
    Project Stream worked pretty great for the action game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey so I’m excited about the potential of this.
    the_ewan 4 weeks ago
    This is interesting, especially if they can get it out this year before the next-gen consoles.At that point a PS4/XBox owner will have the choice of paying a sub for effectively next-gen performance (if it works) or sticking with their current console hardware.That's not necessarily going to come down in favour of the hardware.
    DavidBoring 4 weeks ago
    Watch out for Stadia news on Google+
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    I never had a major issue with OnLive back in the day though. BT supported it very well. There's plenty of ideas here, but I'm still concerned about the practicalities of it all.
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Home and Away has just started folks. Good timing.
    madmaxi 4 weeks ago
    Centrale1 : You literally wrote what i was thinking
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Stadia, like no, yeah?
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    Interest piqued...price and games still outstanding questions
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    I guess it's a catchier name than TargetedAdvertisingBox.
    PCMR 4 weeks ago
    People only need to keep one thing in mind when using any of Google's services. Alphabet/Google's income is 90% from advertising. When you use Stadia, YOU will be the product!
    the_thot 4 weeks ago
    no thanks. Google can fuck off.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Much ado about nothing for now. Let's wait to see what the exclusive games look like.
    n0signal 4 weeks ago
    Good luck bringing it to the UK with out s*"t internet speeds! 🤣🤣🤣
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    I think I'll stick with dedicated hardware thanks.
    patchbox360 4 weeks ago
    Phil Harrison would fit right in at current Xbox. He just doesn't get it because he's not a gamer.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Okay, a studio. What kinds of games?
    colin24_7 4 weeks ago
    YouTube image quality is not the best will this Stadia any better?
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Free! It's as based, you just have to put up with Pele telling you about erectile disfunction every 10mins
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    Or, for short, StaGamEntert.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Tomb Raider is a terrible game to showcase this, since it already has scalable puzzle difficulty settings
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    £9.99 a month guestimate
    madmaxi 4 weeks ago
    I honestly dont care how much this will be....
    MrTummyGiggles 4 weeks ago
    This sounds like a nightmare.
    DavidBoring 4 weeks ago
    No distractions, just half your screen filled with a dialog with a boring ai
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    So how much do we reckon?
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Dear lord....
    PsychoticPillow 4 weeks ago
    "I thank the Stadia team for paying me a fuck ton to shill"
    OllyJ 4 weeks ago
    Martin stop being so negative man!
    emmakent 4 weeks ago
    Knobbling on might be my new favourite phrase
    madmaxi 4 weeks ago
    this just gets worse and worse.... nobody i play with would want this
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Hasn't he got papers to deliver?
    OtisBDriftwood 4 weeks ago
    I just want a console so i can press start to play game
    ambershee 4 weeks ago
    Oh hey, it's that youtube guy that doesn't credit his writers!
    MrTummyGiggles 4 weeks ago
    MatPat... OK. I'm out.
    patchbox360 4 weeks ago
    thank god for Sony
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    What's wrong with just loading up a game and playing it?
    Kremlik 4 weeks ago
    Matpat quickly name dropping his Twtich channel - classy
    HeroJez 4 weeks ago
    NEVER HEARD OF.
    DavidBoring 4 weeks ago
    Who's MatPat?
    OtisBDriftwood 4 weeks ago
    No idea who this is...
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    Whoa! They got MatPat! It's all over!!
    Krychek 4 weeks ago
    Creators and Influencers and Monetisation!This is why I turned on the stream, baby!*resumes braiding arse hair*
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Bring on the snark Martin. Let go of your snarkiness. Good.... Goood
    harryisme 4 weeks ago
    Very google type event, some interesting idea's but done in such a drab and boring way that it's failing to excite.
    patchbox360 4 weeks ago
    this is like a glorified Microsoft Crackdown 3 Cloud reveal.
    OtisBDriftwood 4 weeks ago
    Off to Pluto we go then
    DavidBoring 4 weeks ago
    Still excited about a new Q-Games game
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    Forget to like and subscribe
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Great, it's the Pewdiepie enabler segment
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    Agree with Martin 17:46...feels like next gen has just kicked off
    DavidBoring 4 weeks ago
    I will use state share as often as I used the ps4 feature where my friends can overtake my game…Never used it
    OtisBDriftwood 4 weeks ago
    Zzzzz streamers talk
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Taking spoilers to a new level. It'll be impossible to avoid them for story-based games.
    madmaxi 4 weeks ago
    Im utterly bored by this....Im i the only one...
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    You've lost my attention.
    OtisBDriftwood 4 weeks ago
    I would happily play Transbot on this streaming thingy mcbob
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Dylan! You have my attention.
    patchbox360 4 weeks ago
    Sony got the cut diamonds - GAMES. These guys got the uncut diamonds - NO GAMES.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    That Pac-Man style was kind of fun.
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Just saying but EG has an advert on my screen for McD Chicken Nuggets and it's way more interesting currently.
    Indielink 4 weeks ago
    The power of Stadia is necessary to get Rime running at a consistent framerate.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    This is starting to feel a bit dry, needs some Nina Struthers maybe.
    OtisBDriftwood 4 weeks ago
    Just give us PS5, This is all over the joint
    Helicon_1 4 weeks ago
    Her cape is disappointingly un-wizard-like.
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    She's wearing a Rez blouse!!
    Krychek 4 weeks ago
    The "platform" is a remote data center, so "cross-platform" play is an illusion.
    Malek86 4 weeks ago
    So every other player will gang up against the Stadia players because they have higher latency. Just like in the Dreamcast days with Quake 3.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Multi-player... snooze.
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    "But fancy graphics aren't the only feature of Stadia. Please welcome to the stage our friends from Infocom..."
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    This will be interesting because while PS5/Nextbox will probably match those specs, Stadia can keep improving the specs behind the scenes, while consoles will be fixed...
    Krychek 4 weeks ago
    60fps visual refresh coming down the pipe doesn't necessarily = 60fps-grade local input latency.
    Helicon_1 4 weeks ago
    I wonder if Google will data mine moral choices in RPGs.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    My capped bandwidth won't survive these high-res game streams though.
    the_ewan 4 weeks ago
    Game engines already scale, with the top end being a fully-stacked gaming PC, down through more modest PCs, then to consoles.Having something add a new tier above that isn't going to change anything radically.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    I think the point is to make insanely intense games that will be exclusive to ßtadia b/c nothin else can run them.
    TinyKaiju 4 weeks ago
    "Uses Vulkan". Might explain why MS finally got around to supporting D3D12 on Windows 7.
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    Yeah! There are my middleware logos!
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    @Krychek Exactly...will twitch type games work on this? But as you say a lot of game types will
    spearmp 4 weeks ago
    They keep talking about developers no longer being restricted to hardware constraints but unless the game is exclusive to Stadia, the consoles and PC market will still be a limiting factor on what developers can do
    Krychek 4 weeks ago
    Slower games - RPGs, RTS, 'adventure', etc. sure!Action games? Let me eliminate as many points of latency along the chain of custody as possible.I'll render and input to such games locally, and worry only about the multiplayer in terms of bandwidth.
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    When he said "beyond what was previously considered possible," he was staring down someone in the front row.
    Helicon_1 4 weeks ago
    4K/60? The frame rates were horrible during the beta at 1080p so that doesn't sound very realistic imho
    TinyKaiju 4 weeks ago
    It really feels like you could replace Google with Microsoft and this would be a presentation of project XCloud. In fact, maybe I've already seen that one, which would explain the deja vu I'm experiencing.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Come on Martin, show us your Edge Nodes! :p
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    Outstanding questions...exclusives and cost?
    Te_Sordida_Senem 4 weeks ago
    was that the konami code on the controller bottom?
    MrTummyGiggles 4 weeks ago
    WHY ARE THEY ALL BALD?
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    M+K confirmed? Beautiful
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    That is quite impressive.
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    So that's yes then...I'm sure the next gen consoles would have done something like this (stream to portable devices) to attack the Switch market
    Te_Sordida_Senem 4 weeks ago
    annnd if you do not have a top tier internet link?
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    But what if I want to fiddle with the graphic settings for 15 minutes?
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Wow, I can't wait for Exciting New Release!
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    When am I going to get to watch middleware logos?!
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    Does this mean I will be able to play AC:o on my mobile...? Hmm...latency will be key here
    Kremlik 4 weeks ago
    #totallynotadivisionstealthad Tshirt
    the_ewan 4 weeks ago
    Stadia gives an oddly 'watching things' vibe more than 'playing things'.
    rep- 4 weeks ago
    Wearing a Division TShirt.
    MrTummyGiggles 4 weeks ago
    Yves with the not-so-subtle Division 2 t-shirt.
    MrTomFTW 4 weeks ago
    Stadia must be good, I haven't understood any of this yet.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Basically Google wants more streaming revenues?They are completely avoiding the words "twitch" and "cloud"
    carrot1401 4 weeks ago
    Is Phil really tall?
    Kremlik 4 weeks ago
    This is basically Twitch meets icho.io then
    Malek86 4 weeks ago
    Stadia sounds like a football-related skin disease
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Stadia - all the taste of the games you love with half the calories?
    eshy76 4 weeks ago
    Stadia sounds like a football-based sugar substitute
    MrTummyGiggles 4 weeks ago
    Stadia sounds like a kind of Swedish car.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Those pockets are conveniently placed to hide the nipples.
    rep- 4 weeks ago
    Phil Harrison crawls out
    Centrale1 4 weeks ago
    Missed opportunity for console name: The Goog
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Oookay. That. Made. No. Sense.
    Malek86 4 weeks ago
    Barriers such as slow connections..
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Next gen deathmatch- Microsoft vs Google.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    So not a console announcement then?
    Malek86 4 weeks ago
    Nothing better than announcing a new console with a game that has been out for months.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Google is building SkyNet. They're admitting it.
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    I do think Sundar is a very likable chap.
    MrTomFTW 4 weeks ago
    Are they announcing a console, or Skynet?
    rep- 4 weeks ago
    Not sure how his is going to go.
    MrTomFTW 4 weeks ago
    Sundar's wearing a jacket, no nipplewatch for us this time around.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    YouTube is like 20 seconds behind these updates
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Dropship sequel come on! (I know!)
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    aliens.jpg
    MrTomFTW 4 weeks ago
    Congratulations, it's a ball
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Top bants already Martin
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Wow Martin, I don't think I'll top that burn today.
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    I was born to snark.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    I am so addicted to these live shows now.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Is the console name gonna be 5 letters long because of all the sets of 5 symptoms?If so, I say they'll call it the GoBox
    Toaster05 4 weeks ago
    Snark mode engaged.Let's do this
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    Oh perfect. I just warmed up my lunch. 1 hour will be perfect.
    GavinUK86 4 weeks ago
    *grabs popcorn*
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Well, I have Roombas because wheelchair. But mine do a fantastic job of keeping my carpets clean.
    Dizagaox 4 weeks ago
    If it means anything, every Google employee has the next 2 hours off to watch this stream. It's a big deal internally.
    Malek86 4 weeks ago
    Well, at least this should give me something to read on the bus. Even if I'm not expecting much.
    WalnutSoap 4 weeks ago
    I heard it's called the ARMSBOX and Arms 2 is the lead exclusive title
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    spookyxelectric - as Magical Sound Shower blares and a Drone takes a sweeping panoramic shot as Martin speeds into the horizon...
    Bootchka 4 weeks ago
    Martins loving that carpet way too much, something says he's been hitting the special cafés 😂
    2much 4 weeks ago
    I want a name and I wanna see what it looks like! If it's got a whimsical Google name I'll be mad coz consoles are serious business
    spookyxelectric 4 weeks ago
    I hope that once this announcement is over, Martin gets stoned, buys an 80s Ferrari Testarossa, and lives out his Outrun dreams down the California coast.
    michaelwestphal 4 weeks ago
    I'm hoping what ever Google announce they won't call it sky net
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Roombas? I have two Roombas called Jill and Claire. They're brilliant.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    It's the little things, eh Martin?
    el_pollo_diablo 4 weeks ago
    My guess is that it'll be the controller only, no box.
    el_pollo_diablo 4 weeks ago
    I have no interest in a streaming only console - especially from Google. You just know the thing is going to have "Hey Google" type smart microphones and shit all over it.
    Kud13 4 weeks ago
    If they invest in single-player games I can play on my PC, then sure I'll look into trying out their streamomajiggyBut if they bankroll a new Legacy of Kain, I will buy whatever box they're peddling.
    Pasco_ 4 weeks ago
    @Wayne No new company has ever successfully entered the gaming market, and certainly not one as comparatively tiny as Google.A good thing too, imagine what gaming would be like if Sony or Microsoft had succeeded in ousting Atari, Sega! Horrible!So I'm glad everyone agrees this will be another Sony / Microsoft style failure. What do Google know about gaming? Nothing.
    drxym 4 weeks ago
    Well most likely it's a streaming service. It would fit in with their cloud platform vision. Streaming offers the chance for some experiences which would be unimaginable on a PC or console - multiplayer games with tens of thousands of people online.But back to more practical concerns - I've always wondered why Google haven't produced an official controller and SDK for Android. So many games would benefit from it.
    riccyb0y 4 weeks ago
    I need to be able to react to comments in this channel so I can upvote @the_ewan. The amount of people that comment about this venture based on current/past technologies is astounding. Also people commentating as if this is a startup company with little networking know how rather than the internet giant of Google.Has anyone entertained the idea that they may have invented some new technology to make game streaming a reality rather than a fiction?
    Korlis 4 weeks ago
    @Wayne Sure, but you could have said the same about Microsoft when they launched the original Xbox, and they only needed a generation to do fantastically with the Xbox 360 (I will freely admit the Xbox One has been less successful). I think a company as large and well-financed as Google can compete on a hardware front but it all depends what they're actually proposing. Never mind dropped frames, my internet connection frequently conks out completely, so I've no interest in 100% streaming.
    the_ewan 4 weeks ago
    @distantlurker I'm fairly sure Google have a reasonable grasp on how the internet works.This probably isn't ever going to work for fighting games that require frame perfect timing, but a lot of games are not that. At all.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    Doesn't matter how fast your connection is, every scrap of lost data can be trouble.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    distantlurker - It's not latency, it's data. Streaming movies and tv shows is a one-way street and it doesn't matter that a few pixels or frames get lost along the way. In gaming, it's a two-way street and that data/packet loss can make a critical difference.
    distantlurker 4 weeks ago
    I don't care how good your CDN is, it can never fix the latency issue. It's grand for Netflix, it will never fly for gaming, this is literally how the internet works.
    Wayne 4 weeks ago
    I honestly reckon that what Google are trying to do is akin to a company trying to release a new Cola and going up against Pepsi and Coke.
    the_ewan 4 weeks ago
    It's going to be a combination of a streaming service and a controller that will work on PCs, (recent) Chromecasts, and (some) Chromecast built-in TVs.We already know that Ubisoft are on board from the Project Stream testing.The backend platform will be interesting, but it probably won't matter much (and there may be several of them under to hood, not that end users will know).
    riccyb0y 4 weeks ago
    Somehow I think Google will have seen past the problem of requiring only Windows Servers... The majority of games also run on PS4, which certainly isn't a Windows machine.This will definitely be an announcement of their streaming service with maybe a controller and other peripherals to boot but I also expect it to support other popular controllers.
    foamteapot 4 weeks ago
    If it's a steaming service, then it'll be DOA. The majority of games run on Windows machines so they'll have to run Windows servers to fully support this. Since Microsoft are probably going to get into the same space, they won't support Google and will offer the superior service. So all we'll be left with is a subpar Linux offering which doesn't exactly have a killer game library.
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    @michaelwestphal - Options need support, as Ouya and Steambox proved this generation. I just don't know if the market can support a fourth console... I mean, it's barely supporting three right now...
    michaelwestphal 4 weeks ago
    It would be nice to have another option but I think the hardware will be just be basic but it will be a Netflix type for gaming streaming service but the big question is can Google get the big publishers on board
    Kami 4 weeks ago
    ... I dug out my Ouya for this occasion. Lessons learned.