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Why Google Stadia is a "leap forward" for gaming, according to its boss



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The Stadia will still require a controller but will not need a physical console

No More Buying DVDs and CDs are probably something parents have on the shelf somewhere.

It's also easier to buy video games online than physical copies now, via consoles or computer services like Steam.

But what about consoles – can they disappear too? Google certainly thinks so.

The tech giant on Tuesday launches the Stadia gaming service, which lets gamers jump into the latest headlines with little more than a decent broadband connection and Google Chrome browser.

But Google doesn't think Stadia is great for the leap forward.

"We are not the only ones thinking about this"

"I think what we do is particularly revolutionary when you consider what has happened in the music, television and film industries," Google Vice President Phil Harrison told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

"They have moved from packaged products, discs, CDs, DVDs, blue rays, to an almost exclusively online and streaming experience."

And, he believes Google will be just the first of many companies to crawl consoles and drives forever and make the transition to browser-led streaming services.

"I do not claim that this innovation will change the world overnight," he adds.

"But I think this is the direction of the journey and that this will be a very strong future for the gaming industry to create such streaming experiences.

"We're not the only ones thinking about this."

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Phil Harrison says Destiny 2 is the best match he has ever played at Stadium

Stadia doesn't work much like Netflix, where a subscription gives you access to all its content.

Instead, gamers can access the service to pay for games that are then streamed via YouTube's integrated service – that's just the consoles from which the service would be released.

But they take over Microsoft Xbox, Sony's PlayStation and Nintendo, the three big names in games that have millions of loyal followers.

Phil says Google wants to play games "beyond being in a plastic box under your TV" – and that Google's technology experience makes it a viable rival.

"We're not coming to this cold," he says.

"We've built Stadia on the back of more than 15, nearly 20 years now at Google's data and internet innovation center."

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"Gamers won't need expensive hardware"

Phil suggests that gamers will most likely benefit from the Stadium in their wallets, arguing that it will be a cheaper way to play the latest games without having to buy the latest graphics cards for PCs or new consoles.

"It allows more gamers to access more of the latest, greatest games without the need for these complicated, expensive pieces of hardware – which, let's not forget, also requires updates, patches, installations.

"All this nonsense going through the games is going to go away."

Phil says the game he enjoys most in Stadium is Destiny 2, but it's titles like Red Dead Redemption that really show what the service can do.

"When you get a chance to play a game of sophistication on Red Dead Redemption 2 on a phone that's transmitted over the Internet and it's pixel perfect – it's one of those great moments in the industry where you see this as a leap forward. "

Not everyone is convinced that the transition to streaming games will happen with the launch of Stadium.

"My view is that we're all in the testing phase," Xbox boss Phil Spencer told the BBC. "We are wound up in this technology and we feel it will take many years before this technology becomes mainstream.

"The best place to play will be on your local device, your console, your Xbox connected to your TV and that will be true for many years to come."

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