Google took advantage of its Stadia cloud gaming platform, showing a bold but largely unproven vision of the future of games that involve distributing and playing software in real time over the Internet. We still do not know much about how Stadia will work, how much it will cost, whether it will work as a Netflix-style subscription service for consumers or whether it will use a different business model, or when it will come out this year. . But we got the custom driver that Google built, the only physical part of the Stadia package.
Surprisingly, the Stadia driver feels and looks great. Of course, we could not prove it in a live demonstration of Stadia, but we could go to practice with the same white and orange model that was used on stage during the revelation. It has a weight and texture similar to the recent gamepads of Xbox One, specifically the one that was launched with the redesign of Xbox One S, but with the design of the thumb lever of the DualShock 4.
In an impressive demonstration shown on stage, Google showed a feature that would allow you to use the Assistant button on the controller to open a YouTube tutorial that shows you how to overcome the obstacle or the specific puzzle that is giving you problems at that exact moment. the game. The controller is also used to launch directly to the games you can find on YouTube's live streaming platform, so you can immediately start playing a title that your favorite broadcaster is playing at that moment.
According to Phil Harrison, a former Sony and Xbox executive and current vice president of Google, the controller connects directly to the data centers of Google Google, instead of any specific screen you might be using, so you will not have to resynchronize it with, say, your laptop when you stop playing on the TV. In an interview with The Verge Harrison says he will link him to the Studia network through a complementary mobile application, which will connect the controller first to his local Wi-Fi network and, from there, to the Google Stadia service. .
We do not know how much the controller will cost or whether it will be included in a Stadia plan. (Assuming there is a subscription plan of some kind, which is not yet clear). But Google does not seem to have taken a look at this driver, which is a good sign for those who were worried that it would be cheaper, cheaper. Quality gamepad compared to the devices that come with Microsoft and Sony consoles.
And if you do not want to use this driver, you will not have to do it: According to Harrison, the service will also support other gamepads. It seems that the integration of Google Assistant may be the only thing that will be lost.