After Google, Walmart is reportedly building a game streaming service

24 March, 2019, 13:15 | Author: Sharon Yates
  • Google unveiled its own game streaming platform at GDC 2019.                  Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The retailer has already apparently explored the prospect of building a video streaming service a la Netflix, but according to CNBC apparently deemed the prospect "too risky".

Asked about growing public concerns about game addiction, Harrison said Stadia would empower parents with controls on "what you play, when you play and who you play with".

As of right now, no release date (other than a planned release in 2019), prices have been announced, so I have no scope on how much of a money sink this service will be. Does that mean I have to miss out on playing Stadia exclusive games? But even if Walmart is working on this, it may well be a while before it launches its service.

Walmart is entering into cloud gaming services, the company announced today.

The game would operate on Google's servers, receiving commands from a user's controller and sending video streams to their screen. "It can only be circumvented with a download-based system that functions great with fast and slow connections and still lets you play games as soon as possible". Above all, it has the capability of streaming all your games regardless of the machine you are running hence eliminating the need of buying a console.

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The controller also includes a button for Google Assistant, so players can look up walkthroughs or hints without disturbing their gameplay. It's a series of button presses that activates a cheat in certain games.

It may seem like Google is everywhere, from search, to maps, to productivity software.

Will Stadia really change how we access and play games? I know I wasn't a fan of its gaming laptop. "Whereas big companies may be able to cope with developing games within another framework, indie game developers are going to struggle with being asked to add to [an] already long list", he told Elite Business.

The Stadia release date is still not clear.

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