• Everything Google Stadia


    Timely

    Google Stadia 

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    What is it?


    Released November 19, 2019, Google Stadia is a game streaming service developed by Google. Similar to watching television and movies on cloud-based platforms, Stadia allows consumers to do the same with their service, to play games with the following perks:

    • HD (High Definition) with 4K quality
    • 60 FPS (Frames per second)
    • Comprehensive gameplay on Mobile Devices, Web Browser or TV.


    No physical video gaming console or Personal Computer is required for the previous mentioned.

     

    How much is it?


    Pricing for the gaming service is currently available at:

    • FREE for Stadia Basic (this is a limited package)
    • $9.99 per month for Stadia Pro (the subscription service)


    -OR-

    • $129.99, The Founder's Pack: a one-time price that includes -
    • A Stadia controller (priced at $69.00 individually)
    • Chromecast streaming device (priced at $69.00 individually)
    • 3 months of Stadia Pro
    • Destiny 2
    • A Username
    • A buddy pass that gives a friend 3 months to try Stadia Pro.

     

    What is needed to play?


    Users will need an internet connection at or around 25-30 Mbps to indulge in the gaming action. In addition to that, a variety of elements can be utilized for the Stadia experience. This may include but not be limited to:

    • A Keyboard & Mouse
    • A third-party Bluetooth Controller
    • A Chromecast Ultra and Stadia Controller (ONLY ON TV)

     

    What games are available for Stadia?


    There are 26 games for the service currently available from 26 publishers being:

    • 2K
    • Bandai Namco
    • Bethesda
    • Bungie
    • CD Projekt
    • Chump Squad
    • Codemasters
    • Deep Silver
    • DOTEMU
    • Drool
    • Eidos
    • Giants Software
    • Handy Games
    • KT
    • Larian Studios
    • Milestone
    • Moonshine Studios
    • Robot Entertainment
    • Rockstar Games
    • SNK
    • Sega
    • Square Enix
    • Superhot Team
    • THQ
    • Tequila Works
    • Ubisoft
    • WB Games
    • nWay Games

    The game library consists of:

    • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
    • Borderlands 3
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
    • Darksiders Genesis
    • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
    • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
    • Destiny 2: The Collection
    • Farming Simulator 19
    • Final Fantasy XV
    • Football Manager 2020
    • GRID
    • Gylt
    • Just Dance 2020
    • Kine
    • Metro Exodus
    • Mortal Kombat 11
    • NBA 2K20
    • RAGE 2
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition
    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    • Samurai Shodown
    • Thumper
    • Trials Rising
    • Wolfenstein: Youngblood


    Upcoming releases and dates include the following:

    • Monster Energy Supercross 3 – February 4, 2020
    • Gods & Monsters – February 25, 2020
    • Watch Dogs: Legion – March 6, 2020
    • DOOM – March 20, 2020
    • DOOM Eternal – March 20, 2020
    • Cyberpunk 2077 – April 16, 2020
    • Marvel’s Avengers – May 15, 2020


    Game releases without a projected date are listed below:

    • Baldur’s Gate 3
    • Destroy All Humans
    • Get Packed
    • Orc’s Must Die! 3
    • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
    • Spitlings
    • Superhot
    • The Crew 2
    • The Elder Scrolls Online
    • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
    • Windjammers 2


    The genre of games available in conjunction with the titles listed above also include but are not limited to:

    • Action
    • Adventure
    • Arcade
    • Children & Family
    • Fighting
    • FPS (First Person Shooter)
    • Flying
    • Hack and Slash
    • Music
    • Open World
    • Party
    • Puzzle
    • RPG
    • Racing
    • Shooter
    • Simulation
    • Sports
    • Strategy
    • Tower Defense


    More games are set to release soon for Q1 to Q4 2020.

    Continuing on…


    The Google Stadia is stated by consumers as being one of a kind with its introduction to the gaming industry. As mentioned before, with its utilization not requiring a console of any sort, it's definitely worthwhile to make the investment into owning one for an avid gamer to begin one's library or to add onto an already established collection.

    Along with the releases pointed out above, Stadia exclusives are expected to make their runs on the market soon in order to develop further marketing for the product and to increase sales for Google’s newest development. As seen with other consoles, customers can expect to see (hopefully in the nearer future than later) a VR experience with their games as virtual reality is an aspect in digital recreation that is increasing in popularity as time moves forward, and Google wants nothing less than to keep up with the competition if not to surpass it.

    The port is stated to not contain any physical storage capabilities since the gaming is through Wi-Fi and the storage is instead made on the cloud servers. Cross-platform gameplay (also following in the footsteps of the competitors) is available for all games compatible with the option.

    Integration between the Stadia and YouTube is being worked on for the purpose of giving the community more flexibility and privilege to move between both entities to allow a more diversified thrill, like Twitch and other sites of the same nature.

    In early to mid-stages of development and its announcement since March 2019, the component has seen many upgrades and additions made to solidify the user's acquaintance with the product, as it’s easily regarded as “the future of gaming”.

    Operating on state-of-the-art servers, the platform is able to function through the web with little to no network issues. This stems from the optimization processes put in place to prevent jitter, freeze and lag issues during gameplay and during co-op with other players to upkeep an exceptional performance.

    Moreover, the need for downloads and updates for titles is needless since streaming plays the main factor in the consumer's use of the product.

    So no more beginning a download for an application then having to wait hours on end for your system to integrate it to your console or go through the same painstaking process whenever there is an update. No plug and play, it's all there for you at an instant!

    Lastly, from a technical standpoint, the Stadia hosts itself with a GPU processor at:

    • 10.7 teraflops of power
    • 56 compute units and
    • HBM2 Memory


    The CPU runs on a Custom x86 Processor at 2.7 GHz, with the Memory core at 16GB of total RAM that peaks to 484GB/s transfer speed and L2+L3 Cache of 9.5MB.

    As mentioned in other aspects, in a hopeful nearer future the Stadia will sustain a resolution of 8K at 120+ FPS.

    The Stadia Controller (being mentioned earlier) is wireless and featured in three colors being White, Black, and Turquoise.

    The button layout displays unique aspects not found on other consoles being, the capture button and Google Assistant.

    The capture feature casts your content to YouTube while Google Assistant provides in-game help for players to utilize whenever needed.

    On the last note, though it’s subject to change sometime in the future, Stadia is currently not available for consumers in Hawaii or Guam.

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    Some users have been reporting that Google Stadia at 4K is truly rendering at native 1080P

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    The verge has been investigating this quoting. I've been trying to get Google to admit for days now that they are truly rendering at 1080P not native 4k in my opinion. The above screenshot clearly details such a bold-statement showcasing how Google Stadia is rendering at what appears to be 1080P instead of 4K. The details seem grim and not as sharp as 4K rendering should be. Take a look at her clothing, for example, the bridge, the stone. Doesn't it seem less detailed? Your eyes aren't deceiving you. Now let's take a look at the next screenshot. 

    The picture below was rendered using a GeForce GTX 1080 on the PC. 

    GeForce GTX 1080 on PC

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Do you notice a clear difference between both of these images? The details are sharp as you start to slowly take a glance at Lara crofts outfit you'll notice how its properly rendering depth of texture and its detail. Coloration seems to be corrected to resemble rendering at 4K. With that being said now let's start to examine the rest of this image. Compare the previous image and this image again, you'll begin to notice how the bridge coloration seems to be adjusted to its true state. There's quite the difference between the two. Also a huge price-range difference between these two images as well.

    Realistically... 

    Geforce GTX 1080 retails at double to six times the cost as the original purchase for the Google Stadia. 

    Country Founder's Edition Stadia Pro Monthly Stadia Controller
    US $129.00 $9.99 $69.00
    Canada $169.00 $11.99 $89.00
    UK £119.00 £8.99 £59.00
    Ireland €119.00 €9.99 €69.00
    France €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Germany €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Italy €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Spain €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Netherlands €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Belgium €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Finland €129.00 €9.99 €69.00
    Denmark DKK999 DKK69 DKK549
    Sweden SEK1,399 SEK99 SEK749
    Norway NOK1,299 NOK99 NOK699

    With price being spoken about. The difference between the Google Stadia retail price and the build to render at true 4K. I'd say there is a difference of hundreds of dollars between the two. For what we get with Google Stadia, the results are actually fantastic if you compare the price to the quality. It's outstanding. Sure, in the future we'll see the product start to render amazing results at a fraction of the cost. At the moment, we get what we pay for. What we paid for is more than fair for the price in my opinion.

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    It's sort of odd seeing people complain about the rendering quality. There's a massive price difference like you have said, all tho its very informational. Thanks.

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    4 minutes ago, Dominic said:

    It's sort of odd seeing people complain about the rendering quality. There's a massive price difference like you have said, all tho its very informational. Thanks.

    Thanks, took a bit to write all of this. 

    And yes Google Stadia does provide quite the value for consumers and their lineup is only going to get better as time goes on. For example, I'd pick it up just for the fact it offers Cyberpunk 2077. 

    It's a good bargain if one has no other means to access high performance related hardware. 

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    Just now, Timely said:

    Thanks, took a bit to write all of this. 

    And yes Google Stadia does provide quite the value for consumers and their lineup is only going to get better as time goes on. For example, I'd pick it up just for the fact it offers Cyberpunk 2077. 

    It's a good bargain if one has no other means to access high performance related hardware. 

    Agreed. 

    This tech is nothing new but its the best we've seen so far backed by a huge company like Google. So we know for sure they won't stop progressing this specially since they have the money to do so. 

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    1 hour ago, Dominic said:

    Agreed. 

    This tech is nothing new but its the best we've seen so far backed by a huge company like Google. So we know for sure they won't stop progressing this specially since they have the money to do so. 

    In other-terms even after all the bad press they may continue to keep pushing this. 

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    Yes.

    I strongly think that they under estimated the market on this move. Didn't plan for everyone to figure out the faults on their product.

     

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    2 minutes ago, Dominic said:

    Yes.

    I strongly think that they under estimated the market on this move. Didn't plan for everyone to figure out the faults on their product.

     

    Clearly it was a bold move on their part to enter the market without working on the faults. 

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    1 minute ago, Timely said:

    Clearly it was a bold move on their part to enter the market without working on the faults. 

    Not sure what they were thinking advertising as 4K when it truly does not run most of the titles as 4K. Also buying up more studios is just a bold move to provide value from exclusive titles. 

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    Even though the market has partly rejected their offering due to the bad press. They may feel like they can salvage the value, again with the exclusives titles all though they should truly go back to the platforms original offering to pull through on it. 

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    Just now, Dominic said:

    Even though the market has partly rejected their offering due to the bad press. They may feel like they can salvage the value, again with the exclusives titles all though they should truly go back to the platforms original offering to pull through on it. 

    Perhaps that's exactly it. Their offerings are good, its just they promised to have this and that. All though, they truly don't. It's sort of like false advertising in a way. I fully agree. 

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    Just now, Timely said:

    Perhaps that's exactly it. Their offerings are good, its just they promised to have this and that. All though, they truly don't. It's sort of like false advertising in a way. I fully agree. 

    That's exactly what got me. False advertising, maybe internet connections are not up-to par for their goals. 

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    6 minutes ago, Dominic said:

    That's exactly what got me. False advertising, maybe internet connections are not up-to par for their goals. 

    Perhaps they believe buying up typhoon studios will be the key to bringing Google Stadia to light. 

    You know the studio behind Journey to the Savage Planet.

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    Just now, Timely said:

    Perhaps they believe buying up typhoon studios will be the key to bringing Google Stadia to light. 

    You know the studio behind Journey to the Savage Planet.

    I don't think having one studio will be enough to bring true exclusive titles to Google Stadia. Even if Typhoon studios can produce yearly banger titles, its all riding on one card. Its a tough play, maybe they should be focusing on picking up titles that consumers love while mainting a slow-focus on exclusive titles. Since that would be a costly and risky path to scale. 

    Monthly basis on a model, eh its a tough sell to keep millions of people happy per month. 

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    4 hours ago, Dominic said:

    I don't think having one studio will be enough to bring true exclusive titles to Google Stadia. Even if Typhoon studios can produce yearly banger titles, its all riding on one card. Its a tough play, maybe they should be focusing on picking up titles that consumers love while mainting a slow-focus on exclusive titles. Since that would be a costly and risky path to scale. 

    Monthly basis on a model, eh its a tough sell to keep millions of people happy per month. 

    Yes. 

    It also seems like some users are complaining about the games available now. 

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    4 minutes ago, Timely said:

    Yes. 

    It also seems like some users are complaining about the games available now. 

    Seems like a weak lineup for pro. Yikes.

    Destiny 2, farming simulator. Who knows what the other game is. 

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    52 minutes ago, Dominic said:

    Seems like a weak lineup for pro. Yikes.

    Destiny 2, farming simulator. Who knows what the other game is. 

    Would be nice to see some better titles. Some are okay.

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