It will take a while, but using streaming services to handle games on the hardware side is becoming more feasible and therefore more popular. This climate change has more support from big companies.For example, Microsoft is really pushing its Edge browser (opens in new tab) As a game streaming platform, Google wants to get back into gaming with Stadia or whatever it’s called now.
Google’s streaming hardware may be about to change, according to an anonymous source.shared information 9to5Google (opens in new tab) Pointing to major companies integrating Nvidia technology into their streaming, this is a new twist on the platform.
Stadia is powered by AMD GPUs tailored for game streaming jobs. Due to its open source nature, a modified version of Stadia’s Linux kernel provides additional clues to these changes. The auto-builder has been set up to include support for using Nvidia GPUs.
Can’t say what exactly this means for Google’s streaming service, but implementing the change to use completely different hardware does feel like a big deal. Unfortunately, there’s no clue as to which Nvidia GPUs are supported, but there’s still a lot of speculation about what’s going on here.
Given the current purpose-built nature of the Stadia setup, Google is unlikely to ditch AMD systems in favor of Nvidia. It’s going to be a tall order, and in the long run, everything the company might have built won’t be worth it. Instead, it’s likely to be an addition rather than a direct change.
It could be that Google is looking to expand its server capabilities by adding more machines, and supporting Nvidia hardware allows them better access to more options. If Stadia wants to put itself back into relevance, Google may just be looking for any way to improve the platform’s performance.
Adding Nvidia could also be a push for developers or players who need the platform. Some people may just want the option to be able to play on a different machine. Whether it’s comparing performance or trying out different specific hardware, having more options available to people makes Stadia a more powerful development and hardware trial tool.
Or maybe it’s the first step in a sizable upgrade for Stadia. Google may pursue the next step in GPU development and rely on Nvidia to provide it.For whatever reason, licensing will definitely make the technology more attractive (opens in new tab)which appears to be an important part of Google’s current plans. (opens in new tab)
Given that we don’t know what cards Google is targeting with this update, it’s impossible to say for sure, but it’s good to see an update coming. If you haven’t had it in a while, you can try out Stadia’s games with a free 30-minute demo, (opens in new tab) While it certainly could still use a better library of games and maybe more of the iconic Stadia release (opens in new tab).