Google’s Phil Harrison on if Stadia is supposed to be part of the present or next-gen console race.
As we discovered on the Google Stadia reveal earlier this week, Google’s new gaming platform is not a recreation console however slightly a streaming service. However regardless of that, as one console era ends and we sit up for the following PlayStation and Xbox, does Google see its new platform as competing with them?
I spoke to Google’s Phil Harrison about simply that, questioning if Google launching Stadia this yr, whereas most hypothesis has made us anticipate next-gen consoles subsequent yr, meant Google noticed Stadia as a direct competitor. Greater than something, it appears Google is extra involved with Stadia creating “an even bigger alternative” for the trade at giant than making an attempt to supplant different platforms.
“I do not consider to ensure that Stadia to win that anyone has to lose,” he stated. “I feel that as a way to develop this trade and this factor that we love, which is enjoying video games, if Google does this proper we will make an even bigger alternative for everyone within the video games trade. That is what iIm dedicated to doing.”
Harrison is properly conscious of gaming historical past’s previous, in fact having been an government at a number of firms, Microsoft and Sony included, beforehand. However for him, slightly than making an attempt to “beat” the consoles in a warfare, he is working to convey Google’s imaginative and prescient of what the way forward for gaming appears to be like wish to life rapidly.
“We would not be right here if it weren’t for Nintendo and Sony and [Microsoft] and Sega and Atari and title your different console,” he stated.
We’re a part of an trade, however we’ve got a powerful imaginative and prescient of the long run. And we need to get to that imaginative and prescient of the long run and convey an enormous quantity of alternative to much more individuals.”
Google’s eagerness to get to that imaginative and prescient of the long run has led to an introduced 2019 launch window for Stadia, with Harrison reiterating the promise from earlier this week a couple of consumer-focused Stadia showcase this summer season.
However whereas we watch for extra details about Stadia’s worth, video games, and extra, you should definitely learn extra from our interview with Phil Harrison:
We additionally acquired to go hands-on with each the Google Stadia controller and with enjoying Murderer’s Creed Odyssey on Google Stadia itself.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Information Editor, PlayStation lead, and host of Podcast Past! Speak to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.