In the past two years, almost every major tech and gaming company has launched its cloud gaming service. Some of the notable entries are Project xCloud by Microsoft, Stadia by Google, PlayStation Now by Sony, and Start by Tencent. Recently search engine giant Google made an announcement that Google Assistant is going to make its debut in Stadia. In Last year’s Google Developer Conference, Phil Harrison stated that the Google Assistant button in the Stadia’s controller would allow players to access some special in-game features that were specially integrated by developers. As of now, the button is used only for launching games by using your voice.
The benefit of using voice in gameplay was discovered by gamers a very long time ago. The feature is often used to communicate in co-op games where the party members can coordinate their actions in-game to achieve their goal. Game makers are now toying with the idea of what if embedded voice-assistants can enhance gameplay with its features. Back in 2017, Activision had launched Alexa skill in one of its game Destiny 2 Ghost. The game has almost 1,100 reviews, and it also has a 4-star rating on Amazon. This exact feature is what Google is trying to achieve for all its offerings in Stadia.