According to the folks over at US Gamer, American retailer Walmart is also interested in setting up a game streaming platform of its very own. A lot of the presentation focused on the speed of games booting up, or the convenience of playing with any controller on any device, but in among the big reveals was a small but vitally important announcement about controllers.
A GOOGLE executive offered new details on Wednesday about the company's upcoming video game streaming service, telling Reuters that game makers may use competing cloud providers and must avoid some inappropriate content.
Citing multiple anonymous sources close to Walmart, US Gamer claims that Walmart is actively looking into making a video game streaming service of its own.
During the presentation, we noticed a popular gaming reference located on the back of Google's Stadia controller: The Konami Code. It has declined to comment on the business model for the new service, but attracting new customers to Google's paid cloud computing program is one of Stadia's aims.
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How would your connection fair when trying to play over Stadia?
Saying it's "Netflix for games" is a little reductive, but that's really the only service it's comparable to. For Wal-Mart, offering a streaming game option could be less about domination but more about parity.
"For our [Stadia] launch this year, we have made some very significant improvements in our streamer, our codecs, our hardware and software services, which means we can get to 4K 60fps at around 30mbps", Google's Phil Harrison said in a chat with "30mbps doesn't exclude a huge segment of the population".