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Google Stadia getting a €600m data centre investment in Finland

Published: 11:31, 28 May 2019
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If you needed more proof that Google are dead serious about Stadia then look no further than their latest investment in a data centre in Hamina, Finland, where the giant forked out €600 million, which is $672 million at the current rates.

Google actually have a data centre in Hamina, and it's said to use advanced eco-friendly technology, such as using seawater for cooling and such. 

The aforementioned investment, however, will be used for a new data centre, presumably to ensure that Stadia's arrival is as painless as possible.

Head of Google Finland Antti Jarvinen said, "The demand for Google services is growing daily and we are building our data centre infrastructure to match this demand".

Google didn't promise anything miraculous, unless of course, you consider Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Doom Eternal at 4K and 60 FPS a miracle. 

Unlike with traditional consoles, however, a game's performance, or more precisely the user experience while playing it, will be dictated not by CPU/GPU power, but rather by your internet connection, which is where the latest Stadia investment comes in.

At the same time, Google also said they're well aware that developers want to see a to Stadia, so we guess this qualifies.

What we do know about Stadia is that it delivers 10.7  teraflops of raw computing power, which is more than PS4 Pro and Xbox One combined, 56 compute units and HBM2 memory, on a custom x86 processor at 2.7GHz with hyperthreading and AVX 2.

A single instance comes with 16GB of memory with up to 484GB/s transfer speeds and 9.5MB of L2+L3 cache.

Google will be revealing the pricing, games and the rest of the sometime in summer, hopefully, with an added accent on the games they have in store in their newly founded in-house studio.

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In response to Google's entry into the market, Microsoft and Sony on the development of future cloud solutions, a move which left many of Sony's employees from the PlayStation unit and questioning the company's next-gen offering.

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