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)
- $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:
- Bandai Namco
- CD Projekt
- Chump Squad
- Deep Silver
- Giants Software
- Handy Games
- Larian Studios
- Moonshine Studios
- Robot Entertainment
- Rockstar Games
- Square Enix
- Superhot Team
- Tequila Works
- 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
- Just Dance 2020
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Children & Family
- FPS (First Person Shooter)
- Hack and Slash
- Open World
- Tower Defense
More games are set to release soon for Q1 to Q4 2020.
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.
Edited by Timely