Google’s Immersive Stream Enables Other Companies to Use Stadia Gaming Technology
Google is finally sharing more information on how it will provide Stadia game streaming to other companies. The research company used its Google for Games Developer Summit to detail Immersive Stream for Games, its “extended” Stadia platform for third parties. The offering allows companies to bring cloud gaming to a wide range of gamers, not just subscribers.
As with Stadia itself, a “Click to Play Trials” feature will let players test out full titles without an account. You’ll know if you like a game without having to download it. You can also browse a game store without an account. As a result, Google wants to simplify bringing games to the platform through a “low-change porting” effort that should reduce the work needed to make games compatible for streaming.
It may take some time for all of these features to reach early adopters of Immersive Stream. The open storefront model is expected in the “coming weeks”, while trials are due sometime in 2022. An easier port is still being tested. AT&T has already used the raw version of the platform to offer Batman: Arkham Knight for free in October, though, and it’s teasing an upcoming second game that will finally let you stream on mobile, not just desktop.
Expansion to outside companies was widely expected. It’s no secret that Google struggled to develop Stadia and shut down its in-house game studios in early 2021. Immersive Stream gives the company a way to take advantage of Stadia’s technology, regardless of basic quality of service, and could fend off competitors. their own cloud gaming toolkits.