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Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming power

The Verge Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Google Stadia uses a custom AMD chip to offer 10.7 teraflops of cloud gaming powerThe beauty of a cloud gaming service is two-fold: 1) you can theoretically play any game, anywhere you’ve got a good enough internet connection to stream it over the net, and 2) even if you’re playing it on a wimpy smartphone, you can harness the power of a beefy server located in a data center.

But what kind of server matters a whole heck of a lot when it comes to graphical fidelity and keeping the service affordable, given how many players may be using those servers at a given time — and it turns out that Google’s just-announced Stadia cloud gaming service may have struck a balance between power and price by partnering with AMD for a new custom piece of silicon.

According to Google, each Stadia server will contain a custom x86 AMD...
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