Google is aiming to disrupt the world of gaming with its own platform that allows anyone to engage in high-end video games without pricey consoles, letting them play from their own devices

Google is creating its own gaming platform that is poised to render the gaming console obsolete. Called Stadia, the service doesn't require expensive rigs or gaming software—any laptop, TV, or phone that can access YouTube can connect gamers to the platform.

Stadia will be linked to the video site so that anyone watching a play-through of a particular game will be able to click the “play now” button on the screen and enter the game themselves in seconds. Players can start a game on one device and continue it on another for advanced mobile gaming. Google will also be selling its own Stadia controller, which isn't required to game, but makes it easier for people to share their own game play straight to YouTube with the capture button.

Stadia controller.

Currently, Google has not released any prices for the service, but Stadia will be released later this year to Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and some European locations. While no well known game titles were announced with Stadia's introduction, Google is hoping to remedy that with its own game design studio in the future.

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Google is creating its own gaming platform that is poised to render the gaming console obsolete. Called Stadia, the service doesn't require expensive rigs or gaming software—any laptop, TV, or phone that can access YouTube can connect gamers to the platform.

Stadia will be linked to the video site so that anyone watching a play-through of a particular game will be able to click the “play now” button on the screen and enter the game themselves in seconds. Players can start a game on one device and continue it on another for advanced mobile gaming. Google will also be selling its own Stadia controller, which isn't required to game, but makes it easier for people to share their own game play straight to YouTube with the capture button.