Watch the Google Gaming GDC 2019 keynote here

Google is hosting a full keynote at GDC for the first time, likely introducing a new game-streaming device, and you can watch it here.

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GDC 2019 has begun and there are bound to be a lot of surprises as the conference progresses. One surprise that has already hit the gaming community is the revelation that Google is hosting a full Games Developer Conference keynote. Google has always been involved with GDC, but what is the company working on that it feels should be given the full keynote treatment?

Google keynote GDC 2019 console game streaming where to watch logo

This is the first time Google has held a full keynote at GDC, so the company is clearly bringing some heavyweight announcements to the stage. Some mock designs and information regarding a Google gaming console leaked before GDC 2019 was underway, so many are going to be tuning in to see if any of the leaked information bears fruit. If you want to know how to watch Google's GDC 2019 keynote, look no further than below!

How to watch the Google GDC 2019 keynote

You can grab a seat with us here and watch the GDC 2019 keynote from Google via the embed below or the official YouTube channel. The keynote goes live at 10:00 AM PDT on March 19, 2019.


For all those attending, still considering attending, or just hoping to keep tabs on when announcements from specific companies will be going live, we have put together the GDC 2019 keynotes, talks, sessions, and badge pickup guide with all the pertinent information needed. There are quite a few noteworthy sessions going down throughout the rest of the week, so definitely take a look and set your calendar accordingly.

The Games Developer Conference is running throughout this week and you can bookmark the GDC 2019 landing page to see all the things announced and find out how to watch upcoming streams. We've got Shacknews staff on-site, so stay tuned for the latest gaming updates. There's bound to be some blockbusters this year, so don't miss out.

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From The Chatty
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    March 19, 2019 8:55 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, Watch the Google Gaming GDC 2019 keynote here

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      March 19, 2019 9:18 AM

      Hey all! Let's do our vicious commenting in this thread! Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUih5C5rOrA

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      March 19, 2019 9:19 AM

      Less than... *BUFFERING*... 4... *BUFFERING*... 5 minutes until we learn about... *BUFFERING*... YOU DIED.

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      March 19, 2019 9:39 AM

      I am here. Where is virus?

    • Zek
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      March 19, 2019 9:59 AM

      Email blast to Project Stream testers just now: "We’re going live at GDC. Come see how you helped create one place for all the ways we play."

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      March 19, 2019 10:00 AM

      Western icons, rdr2?

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      March 19, 2019 10:02 AM

      RDR2 PC confirmed

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      March 19, 2019 10:04 AM

      Did they borrow that set from a church?

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      March 19, 2019 10:09 AM

      I wonder if they're going to have a thing like you're watching a streamer, and have a link that says "join this players game!" and you click and go. That'd be cool!

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      March 19, 2019 10:13 AM

      Breaking: Google shuts down Stadia.

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      March 19, 2019 10:15 AM

      Fuck they love to talk.

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      March 19, 2019 10:18 AM

      Breaking: it’s cancelled

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      March 19, 2019 10:19 AM

      This tells me NOTHING! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AffodEEF4ho

    • gmd
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      March 19, 2019 10:21 AM

      more like mehdia

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      March 19, 2019 10:22 AM

      just need a chrome cast ultra (and a controller I assume)

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      March 19, 2019 10:23 AM

      This is awesome, it's like unpausing a VM snapshot. I'll definitely be using it.

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      March 19, 2019 10:23 AM

      That wifi controller doesn't look that great.

    • Zek
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      March 19, 2019 10:24 AM

      Controller looks almost exactly like a PS4 controller, not the mock-up. Connects to their servers directly over WiFi rather than routing through the machine.

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      March 19, 2019 10:24 AM

      lol, Konami code on the bottom of the controller

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      March 19, 2019 10:24 AM

      Hah, it's got the Konami code on the bottom of the controller

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      March 19, 2019 10:25 AM

      Left analogue stick in the wrong place, pre-order cancelled.

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      March 19, 2019 10:25 AM

      And now we are talking about datacenters.. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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        March 19, 2019 10:27 AM

        I zzz out a few minutes ago. Exactly as expected gg

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      March 19, 2019 10:28 AM

      4K, 60FPS, HDR, surround sound streaming. RIP our data caps.

      • gmd
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        March 19, 2019 10:30 AM

        uncompressed 4:4:4 10 bit streaming !

        • gmd
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          March 19, 2019 10:30 AM

          not really

        • gmd
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          March 19, 2019 10:32 AM

          I really want to see how it looks though, because banding/artifacts is a major issue with 4k streaming, add in fast twitch motion etc from a game and the compression artifacts might get terrible

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            March 19, 2019 10:42 AM

            I'm guessing we'll have some hands on impressions later today

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          March 19, 2019 10:37 AM

          How your 28 (I think?) gigabit internet?

          • gmd
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            March 19, 2019 10:41 AM

            31.104 MB per frame lol

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      March 19, 2019 10:28 AM

      Direct datacenter-to-YouTube stream is kind of cool. That eliminates bandwidth and encoding demands on the client side for people who want to stream and should make streaming more accessible.

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      March 19, 2019 10:31 AM

      the from the chatty feature on the main page needs the refresh to not interrupt streams

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      March 19, 2019 10:32 AM

      Why is there a giant ball of crumpled paper up by the stage

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      March 19, 2019 10:32 AM

      Our numbers are bigger! Still 10.7 Tflops isn't nothing to sneeze at.

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      March 19, 2019 10:32 AM

      talking about NuDoom2 running on Stadia

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        March 19, 2019 10:33 AM

        Ah. I caught wind of a mention that DooM Eternal was going to be at GDC in some shape this year, and I was very curious as to how that would be.

        This makes a lot of sense.

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      March 19, 2019 10:35 AM

      client and server running right next to each other sounds extremely promising

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      March 19, 2019 10:36 AM

      Was really hoping Marty was going to say "and we're thrilled to announce you can all try out Doom Eternal from home RIGHT NOW".

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      March 19, 2019 10:37 AM

      Are they ever going to talk about how their latency is?

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        March 19, 2019 10:39 AM

        Of course not. Because that's where all of this falls apart.

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        March 19, 2019 10:39 AM

        They've mentioned it would be very low because of how many endpoints they have.

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        March 19, 2019 10:40 AM

        Getting past the latency piece, how much data is this pushing. Lots of people have data caps and already near those with streaming services like Netflix. 4K/HDR is going to likely be a lot of data.

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        March 19, 2019 10:42 AM

        Magic needs no explanation.

      • gmd
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        March 19, 2019 10:43 AM

        uses a stargate going through a solar flare so the latency is negative delay

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        March 19, 2019 10:44 AM

        In the beta, the latency didn't bother me as much as the poor image quality in dark areas. I actively avoided going into caves in AC Odyssey because the weird image artifacts were very distracting in the dark. That's a not something you want to think about when playing any game.

        Of course in a game like Assassin's Creed, latency isn't as perceptible when compared to something like Apex or whatever so I don't really know about that.

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          March 19, 2019 10:46 AM

          Except for one moment where I got the "visual quality is being reduced" error, I didn't have an issues with significant artifacts or any noticeable latency in about 10 hours of play.

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            March 19, 2019 10:49 AM

            Even in the dark? I thought everything looked amazing when I was out in the world during the day, but everything looked off when I was in the dark. Maybe “artifacts” isn’t the right word, but stuff looked sort of washed out and blurry.

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              March 19, 2019 10:53 AM

              Only when I got the "visual quality is being reduced" warning. There would be times running around that something to the side looked blurry but it cleared up if I stopped to look at it so I don't know. I thought it updates where you are most likely to be looking.

      • Zek
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        March 19, 2019 11:10 AM

        There was a diagram of how the Google network infrastructure is better for latency than competitors (fewer jumps). But they're not going to give numbers because they don't want to highlight that weakness. They'll just have people try it for themselves.

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      March 19, 2019 10:38 AM

      Oh look, its where the Crackdown 3 world went.

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      March 19, 2019 10:41 AM

      This shit is kind of wild...
      This is kind of a big deal...
      Weird... this is an adjustment.

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        March 19, 2019 10:47 AM

        Being able to start playing a game from a link on the chatty will be sweet.

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          March 19, 2019 10:48 AM

          Yeah there are a lot of possibilities this opens up... shit is kind of blowing my mind.

        • Zek
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          March 19, 2019 11:13 AM

          This is the thing about it that I find exciting, instant startup from a browser link with zero commitment. The games I really care about I'll set aside the time to play, but for the ones I'm on the fence about, a non-existent barrier to entry makes a big difference.

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      March 19, 2019 10:44 AM

      and the cost.....? This can't be cheap.

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        March 19, 2019 10:46 AM

        gamers have naturally been focused on the technical challenges like latency (insisting for a decade now that this product is impossible to create) but the bigger problem sure looks to be a business one. How do you profitably build a data center this size for this many people, then keep upgrading it as hardware improves, at a cost that people are willing to pay? Perhaps the key was always to make sure that the service was generating additional value towards adjacent serves like search ads and such.

      • Zek
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        March 19, 2019 11:14 AM

        GDC is for developers first and foremost, the consumer offering unveiling will come later.

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      March 19, 2019 10:44 AM

      framerates and stream dithering or whatever is pretty bad

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      March 19, 2019 10:44 AM

      Clipping emojis this.wont.work.with.latency.

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        March 19, 2019 11:21 AM

        shit! i dont know if they thought about that!

        hurry! someone tell google about latency!

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      March 19, 2019 10:44 AM

      Any mention of a local version? I really want a bullet setup to stream from my pc to a tv in another room at greater than 1080p, greater than 60hz and hdr would be a cherry on top.

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        March 19, 2019 10:47 AM

        Lol... can they make money on that? Nope, so nope.

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          March 19, 2019 10:50 AM

          I buy their hardware box for the tv, so yes they would. Plus the box would stream their other services putting their ecosystem front and center. Seems like a win/win to me. /shrug

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            March 19, 2019 10:51 AM

            I don't believe what they are doing would work for a local box.

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            March 19, 2019 10:53 AM

            They'd need some sorta shifty-switfy thing to make your PC function like their data center box. Meh, it's not going to happen.

            There are plenty of options to stream in-house. Steam and Parsec do a pretty good job at it.

            • Zek
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              March 19, 2019 11:16 AM

              These are mostly UE4/Unity games, devs are going to be making them to run on everything anyway.

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            March 19, 2019 10:57 AM

            the design constraints and business constraints for a piece of local hardware vs a streaming datacenter are so completely different from one another. There's a reason PS Now isn't just Sony plugging a bunch of PS3s into the wall in a big room.

        • Zek
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          March 19, 2019 11:15 AM

          Sure they can, they'll charge you the subscription either way. Having an offline mode for powerful PCs would save them money. But it would also sacrifice their differentiators so I'm not sure they'll do it.

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      March 19, 2019 10:45 AM

      I just don't understand how a small ad company like Google that has zero experience with low latency high bandwidth video streaming, video compression and large data storage could ever build and support such a thing. They probably only have one data center.

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      March 19, 2019 10:45 AM

      Sharable game state is a cool idea. And fits well with streaming audiences.

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      March 19, 2019 10:46 AM

      It is a terrible name, "Stadia". You can't say it without spitting

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        March 19, 2019 10:48 AM

        I need some Stavia in my tea while I play Stadia

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      March 19, 2019 10:47 AM

      yay I can play RDR2 on my apple watch

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      March 19, 2019 10:49 AM

      That's a really great idea, though. It's like an interactive Twitch you can join in on.

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      March 19, 2019 10:49 AM

      NO YOUTUBE CREATOR WANTS CROWD PLAY. Just saying. lol

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        March 19, 2019 10:51 AM

        I was watching someone play Smash Bros a few weeks ago against people in his Twitch lobby.

        And some of the Tarkov streamers I watch do viewer runs.

        Seems like a great idea. Unless you're a streamer with like 60k viewers, that's probably not going to be useful.

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        March 19, 2019 10:58 AM

        There are plenty of streamers who would like an easier way to do this

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        March 19, 2019 10:59 AM

        Troll paradise.

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        March 19, 2019 11:04 AM

        at $20 per seat ... i beg to differ.

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        March 19, 2019 11:32 AM

        Dead wrong, Twitch streamers have been playing with high tier subscribers/donators for years, this is one more way for them to do it

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      March 19, 2019 10:51 AM

      Ugh.... *cringe*

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      March 19, 2019 10:52 AM

      Yeah, you’re a game developer now. Sure.

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      March 19, 2019 10:52 AM

      I unsubscribed to his channel for a reason.

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      March 19, 2019 10:55 AM

      When you get help, do you have to watch an ad first?

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      March 19, 2019 10:56 AM

      First party games incoming...

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        March 19, 2019 10:57 AM

        On the brink? BRINK? BRINK 2?!?!

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        March 19, 2019 10:58 AM

        incoming to the ever growing trashcan of cancelled google products

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      March 19, 2019 10:57 AM

      What if at the end of the presentation they announce INBOX is coming back and that Virus is promoted to CEO

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      March 19, 2019 10:59 AM

      Nothing about pricing or how this will be made available to people?

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        March 19, 2019 11:00 AM

        Oh. "This year" lol December

      • gmd
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        March 19, 2019 11:01 AM

        $14.99 / month sub just guessing

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        March 19, 2019 4:05 PM

        This presentation was for developers, not consumers

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      March 19, 2019 11:01 AM

      So fall?

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      March 19, 2019 11:02 AM

      A lot of interesting ideas. I'd be willing to test out the service so long as it doesn't require a Google controller.

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        March 19, 2019 11:03 AM

        They said you can use most any controller, just that it's "better" with their controller

        • Zek
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          March 19, 2019 11:19 AM

          Theirs has straight-to-wifi which is faster than Bluetooth-to-device-to-wifi. But if you have a wired connection you're probably better off using a regular controller.

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      March 19, 2019 11:03 AM

      I thought we were supposed to get the reveal of the Avengers game?

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        March 19, 2019 11:09 AM

        That was the rumor but the other rumor is the game is set post Endgame where your character takes up the mantle of a hero who dies in Endgame. For example (I haven't heard so it isn't a spoiler) if Captain America dies, you are suppose to be the new captain America who will lead a new Avengers. We will know soon enough I guess.

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          March 19, 2019 11:11 AM

          Oh. Interesting.

        • Zek
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          March 19, 2019 11:23 AM

          That would be totally non-canonical alternate timeline type stuff though, I wonder if they're willing to do that. Disney certainly won't allow it for Star Wars.

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            March 19, 2019 11:33 AM

            Marvel didn't have a problem with it for the Spider-man game.

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      March 19, 2019 11:03 AM

      that was overall pretty awesome, although i'm still a little skeptical about its potential for success

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      March 19, 2019 11:04 AM

      Best part of the presentation was that YT guy in the 80s Michael Jackson jacket

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        March 19, 2019 11:09 AM

        Digital foundry analysis sorry forgot to say

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        March 19, 2019 11:11 AM

        Excellent. Watching now.

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        March 19, 2019 11:14 AM

        As if it's gonna be anything but good

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        March 19, 2019 11:20 AM

        wow assassins creed odyssey has terrible input lag on the xbox one x wtf

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        March 19, 2019 11:24 AM

        lol the latency comparisons, wtf. there's so much BS in those numbers

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          March 19, 2019 11:26 AM

          looks pretty much on par with a xbox one x if all things are working. Still not quite as good as local pc but that's not too bad for streaming.

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            March 19, 2019 11:29 AM

            Oh they did say how they tested it. That seems... weird. Xbox One X has 145ms of input lag and PC has 80ms? Minus display latency? That seems super duper high.

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              March 19, 2019 11:33 AM

              I think that's for Assasins Creed specifically

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              March 19, 2019 11:35 AM

              It's high but not unbelievable. A lot of games are bad about handling this. Even fighting games have varied, to the degree that Mike Z (main programmer on Skullgirls) added a joke option to add an additional 3 frames (at 16.7ms/frame) from their base 3-4 -- all to poke fun at SFV's input delay being mediocre.

              The problem with these sorts of things is that essentially every link in the chain that adds delay (whether to your inputs, to video updates, etc) all pile on together.

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              March 19, 2019 11:35 AM

              Guessing: With the pc they use a keyboard and with the Xbox One X they used a controller. The keyboard has high priority on pcs wo that probably shaved some latency off.

            • gmd
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              March 19, 2019 11:55 AM

              AssOdd seems pretty responsive to me on BoneX, RDR2 on the other hand is like molasses

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      March 19, 2019 11:24 AM

      if you are wondering about lag, check here: https://youtu.be/VG06H7IQ9Aw?t=728

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      March 19, 2019 11:27 AM

      Did they show whether they have some sorta phone mount for the controller? I'm so tired of these "here's a controller for mobile!" solutions without that.

      • Zek
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        March 19, 2019 11:29 AM

        I think that's on you, if you use your phone that way a lot you probably have a stand for it.

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          March 19, 2019 11:35 AM

          I want the phone to be hooked onto the controller so I don't have to depend on there being an eye level surface nearby.

          Are you saying I should buy some ridiculous goose neck bendable arm so that I can play in my bed? Sounds like something a dumb nerd would do.

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      March 19, 2019 11:36 AM

      Stadia is a terrible name.

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        March 19, 2019 11:46 AM

        I'd love to hear how they arrived at it.

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          March 19, 2019 11:51 AM

          Plural for stadium so a reference to the YT integration live-streaming features maybe?

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        March 19, 2019 11:47 AM

        It sounds like heart medication

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        March 19, 2019 11:57 AM

        the opening video referenced the history of human gaming going back to stadiums in ancient rome - seems like they want to be the new "stadia"m

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          March 19, 2019 12:28 PM

          You do know that "stadia" is the proper plural of "stadium", right

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            March 19, 2019 12:38 PM

            It's also a method of surveying. But the word probably hasn't been used in decades in the US. Stadiums is accepted in common English nowadays.

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            March 19, 2019 4:12 PM

            "proper" is your opinion

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              March 19, 2019 6:28 PM

              I'm saying you don't need to try to back-figure from what looks like a made-up word to some real meaning -- it's a real word to begin with that has its own meaning.

      • gmd
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        March 19, 2019 11:58 AM

        Wave would have been better imo, it's available

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        March 19, 2019 12:02 PM

        Don’t worry, Wii agree with U

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        March 19, 2019 12:28 PM

        If you have an erection for more than 2 hours after taking Stadia, contact your doctor.

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        March 19, 2019 3:17 PM

        Whereas Xbox is a sick name!

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        March 19, 2019 5:50 PM

        Stadia is a terrible idea.

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          March 19, 2019 6:13 PM

          LOL, we found something you don't think will 0wn.

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            March 19, 2019 6:33 PM

            It's his first non positive post in 4 years, at this point I thought he was just a bot.

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            March 19, 2019 6:34 PM

            Yeah I really dislike this idea and feel if everyone went to streaming video game services you would eventually destroy video games all together and it would be the end.

            Basically I really fucking hate the concept of video game streaming and hope it does not take over till after I am dead. Don't get me wrong though it is amazing what they achieved and accomplished with this tech but many said the same thing about the atomic bomb.

            Come to think of it right now I don't think there is anything I dislike worse in the video gaming industry it is right up there with politics in general and some other stupid/bad world stuff that has happened over last few years.

            There are a lot of things I dis like I just refuse to talk about them in general for it won't do any good and just makes my self and others unhappy or depressed and life is short.

            I just don't like living that way and focusing on the negative or hate and prefer to share what I love or like and help people where I can and make people happy if I can. I don't know maybe I got it all wrong but that is the path I choose a long time ago after a bunch of stuff happened to me and my family in my life.

            Anyways, Stadia sucks ballz I hate it :) and probably be best if I not talk about it LOL.

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              March 19, 2019 6:38 PM

              Unfortunately, you will find within 20 years it's the norm and the 'old guys' are the ones with a dedicated, niche machine at home.

              I also suspect the home machine will have dinky shitty graphics, incomparison by then. They'll figure out some sick as shit scaling thing in the future with so much processing so that if 1000 users are all playing Doom 6 at the same time, somehow they only need 500 users worth of GPU or some sick scaling tech.

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              March 19, 2019 7:02 PM

              But... Why? Why do you hate game streaming?

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              March 19, 2019 7:12 PM

              why would streaming games destroy videogames when Spotify and Netflix have done quite the opposite in their respective mediums?

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                March 19, 2019 7:18 PM

                Spotify and Netflix serve flat files of predetermined content that have not had to mold themselves to the technology.

                No one has ever said “we need to make these special effects less intense because they don’t compress well over Netflix”

                But game designers may very likely find themselves in the situation of “we need to make these explosions less derailed because they don’t compress well” or “we need to make this area in the game brighter so that it won’t artifact on a streaming users’ screen”

                I’m not saying those will happen but comparing game streaming where the content doesn’t exist until it’s rendered server-side and sent across the wire to a flat video or audio file that’s the same every time is not a 1:1 situation.

                This is assuming he’s talking technology instead of more logistical impacts.

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              March 19, 2019 7:14 PM

              You are the man.

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          March 19, 2019 6:28 PM

          for you and many of us, not for the millions of potential customers who don't want to spend $500 on a next-gen console

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      March 19, 2019 11:42 AM

      So whats different vs GeForce Now & PlayStation Now?

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        March 19, 2019 12:03 PM

        Jump into any game directly from YouTube seems pretty cool.

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          March 19, 2019 12:20 PM

          Yeah the differentiation will mainly come down to how well Google can integrate it into everything.

          Considering Google has so many places they can integrate it then it could be pretty cool if done well enough.

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        March 19, 2019 7:03 PM

        Higher quality, lower latency, is a development platform, media and content sharing, creation etc.

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      March 19, 2019 12:30 PM

      2019- finally the year of Linux Gaming

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      March 19, 2019 2:41 PM

      god it's so corporate sounding. Can't they just show some shit and talk to the audience like normal people?

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        March 19, 2019 2:42 PM

        also that little video they made narrated by Ash was cringy af

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          March 19, 2019 2:48 PM

          all that said, if they really put their backs into this thing and get it working well and get huge buy-in from developers... I think that could be a huge win for us. Console makers be damned!

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            March 19, 2019 2:51 PM

            oh very interesting that the controller talks directly to the cloud, rather than through the intermediary device. I guess they had to do that so it would work on anything. Probably reduces latency a decent amount too.

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              March 19, 2019 3:30 PM

              So unless it has cellular, no use when mobile?

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                March 19, 2019 3:44 PM

                Imagine the device will have to provide a hotspot in that case. No idea though

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            March 19, 2019 3:58 PM

            Who the fuck is going to buy into this, given Google's track record of shutting down any product that don't make them a billion dollars and/or expand their advertising reach?

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              March 19, 2019 4:07 PM

              Well that's trick isn't it. Their partner sheet thus far ain't bad though.

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            March 19, 2019 4:11 PM

            state share seems really cool too