Google Stadia Signals Potential Shift In Gaming Industry

Google Stadia is set to release in 2019 and could, potentially, be the cloud-based streaming platform for gamers that will change an industry at the peak of its powers.

With eyes transfixed, Google announced ‘Stadia’, a new streaming platform that will provide a revolutionary change to the gaming industry. Stadia isn’t a new piece of hardware to unbox (although Google did show off a controller), but it is a cloud-streaming platform that will allow gamers to play on any device that supports web browsing.

Stadia will feature the ability to play on phones, tablets, computers, and on TV’s, with Chromecast functionality also available.

Stadia is described as a ‘Netflix for gaming’ and requires a fast and reliable internet connection. Users simply open a new tab in Chrome, wait five seconds, and the process is complete. Gamers can use mouse and keyboard or connect the Stadia controller using Wi-Fi.

All the back-end work is done through Google servers, not like traditional gaming platforms where graphics and gameplay works through the internals of the hardware.

This is a big deal for gamers because it doesn’t force them into buying hardware, though Google gave no indication on the cost of games for Stadia nor the official controller.

Expect games to retail for a similar price as digital releases currently, but also, monthly subscriptions to the service are also likely (like Netflix) with varying packages on offer. Upcoming shooter Doom: Eternal is confirmed to be releasing on Stadia, but no other announcements about launch titles were given. 

Google promises 4K resolutions, but interestingly, Stadia features a built-in Google Assistant feature that will allow gamers to seek help in game (for passing a certain level or finding a treasure etc.) without having to switch screens.

Stadia will release in the US, Canada, Europe, and in parts of the UK later this year.

John Cena’s time in wrestling far from over

Will John Cena take a similar role to the Paul Levesque in WWE going forward?

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John Cena has achieved everything in World Wrestling Entertainment – a career that has sprung him into various entities of Hollywood including movies and music.

To many, the concept of watching professional wrestling without John Cena in the ring will be almost impossible to grasp.

Cena has been working toward making a similar transition from the ring to behind the curtain much like Paul Levesque did, and when Cena’s time stepping between the ropes is over, Cena is set to be a producer/creative director of sorts.

On the microphone, Cena knocks his performances out of the park.

Creatively, the WWE would be wise to have Cena as part of their “back desk” once his time inside the ring is over.

By that time arrives, it is likely that Paul Levesque (Triple H) will be at the complete and total helm of the company as Vince McMahon gets closer and closer to taking a further back seat into the running of the business.

Is there going to be room for Cena to make a much-requested heel turn before hanging up the boots?

No.

John Cena creates too much business for the company as a baby face to risk turning him heel before his career is over.

That isn’t to mention his popularity amongst children and placing within the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Cena’s career has much more time left upon it, he will remain a part of the WWE for years to come.