GDC 2019 Review

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The largest video game industry conference took place from March 18 to March 22 in San Francisco, where new services, gadgets and projects were announced. We selected some of the most important ones.


Google Stadia

One of GDC 2019's key announcements was the streaming service Google Stadia, which can be played on various devices (including smartphones, tablets and televisions) with stable high-speed internet access. According to the creator's statement, the streaming platform could change the way games are transmitted to users.

Stadia's main feature is the instant switch from viewing mode to game mode. When you've finished watching a YouTube stream you can press the "Play Now" button and the selected game will immediately start the launch screen.


Oculus Rift S


The new version of the Virtual Reality headset Oculus Rift will boast an improved resolution — 1280x1440 pixels in each eye. This should reduce the problem of a grid effect between pixels.

Another Oculus Rift S feature is the built-in movement-tracking Insight headset system based on five internal sensors. This system allows much better movement tracking in-game.

It should also be said that the Oculus Rift's price was raised by $50 — now the gadget will cost $400.


Game Developers Choice Awards winners

Game of the Year – God of War (2018);

Best Mobile Game – Florence;

Best VR/AR Game – Beat Saber;

Best Technology – Red Dead Redemption 2;

Innovation Award – Labo от Nintendo;

Best Design – Into the Breach;

Best Visual Art – Gris;

Best Narrative – Return of the Obra Dinn;

Best Audio – Celeste.


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