Google might have just shut down its cloud gaming platform Stadia but the company is reportedly looking at ways to bring it back indirectly. According to an internal email sent out to company employees at Google, its new “Playables” system will give users the chance to play games on mobile devices and PCs using YouTube.
Details are scarce at the time but the email suggests that YouTube will let users play games instantly through a cloud-based server setup by simply loading the YouTube app on mobile devices.
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By the sound of things, the YouTube app will provide a platform for users to launch games and stream them without the need for any download data or console. However, at the time we don’t know what games are included with this Playables platform.
It sounds as if Google is simply porting over the Stadia platform to YouTube and integrating it into one system. But this doesn’t give us any indication as to what the experience will be like on YouTube when cloud gaming.
Given how widely available YouTube is and how there are data centres for the platform almost everywhere, it might be the best move the company can make.
Google announced the Stadia shutdown back in 2022 after launching the platform in 2019. Google also offers third-party businesses the Stadia platform to use but that hasn’t gone to plan either. Peloton offers a gamified fitness platform using Stadia but it doesn’t last long. The service shut down earlier this year.