Gaming unleashed. Stadia, Google’s new cloud-based, console-level gaming platform made its official debut yesterday at the Game Developers Conference. There are already streaming platforms that let you download games from the cloud and virtually all game systems support multiplayer gaming, but there’s never been anything quite like this. Google’s games will run in the cloud and ramp up instances and CPUs as needed to support more powerful games and, eventually, thousands of battle royale players. It also means you play the game on the screen of your choice. There is a little hardware in the form of a special, WiFi-based Stadia Controller. It includes a dedicated Google Assistant button. That’s right. Stuck in a game? You can ask Google Assistant for help without leaving the game. Google’s busy lining up developers (first and third party) to build games on its cloud platform. They already got ID (Doom), but in order for Stadia to be truly successful, it needs must have-games. Things like pricing and availability remain fuzzy. All we know is that Stadia is coming sometime this year.