If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. So goes the proverb, attributed to Abraham Maslow, that explains why every major tech company seems to want to stream video games over the internet. If all you have are massive data centers, everything looks like it should be streamed from those data centers. Continue Reading Below Stadia, a new video game streaming platform from Alphabet’s (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google, is pitched as a way to bring high-quality games to a broader audience by lowering the cost of entry. Instead of requiring consumers to buy hardware like game consoles or high-end PC components, Stadia will run games in Google’s data centers and stream each frame to any device running the company’s Chrome web browser. This isn’t the first game streaming service. The two most notable cracks at running games in the cloud are Sony’s PlayStation Now and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now. Stadia, and whatever Microsoft, Amazon, and perhaps Apple eventually launch, will join those services as companies race to build the “Netflix for games.” I don’t doubt that the video game industry is heading toward a subscription model. But I do doubt that streaming games from the cloud will… Read full this story
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