This past fall was a momentous yet anticipated event for Google – the official confirmation on Stadia’s demise. While there was an avid user base for the cloud streaming platform, Google put a cork in operations in total and announced the service would close for good this January. Part of the shuttering included purchase refunds and also rolled out native support for the Stadia controller as well.
What was not a surprise is how Google would continue to iterate on this technology to create a new platform to succeed Stadia. Previously, Business Insider reported that Google ahead of the Stadia closure announcement would refocus its resources on a new streaming initiative. Additionally, the team began rolling out Google Play Games for PC as well during the fallout of Stadia.
In a new report from The Wall Street Journal, an internal email at Google confirms that the tech giant is launching a new ‘Playables’ project which enables YouTube users to launch games via desktop or mobile to play select titles. Currently, there is no confirmation on the scale of which titles will be supported nor how much of Stadia’s infrastructure will be refocused for the new Playable initiative.
Already, Stadia did offer this feature for YouTube in the past. Via the Crowd Play feature for the service, users who were watching a livestream could queue into an online game for the stream. Not only will it launch the game, but also queue you to play with the person in-stream. More likely for this project will prompt viewers to launch select games categorized in videos directly through YouTube; not feature the same queue feature from Stadia.
Similarly, Netflix has already jumped ahead on this approach with its mobile app already. Although the streaming service does not offer desktop support for Netflix Games, users via Android & iOS can launch a library of games from the gaming tab – and it is free too. You can read the full report by heading here.
What has you interested for the new ‘Playables’ feature for YouTube?
Source: The Wall Street Journal