12 June 2019
Google gave the first look at Stadia, its cloud gaming service at this year’s GDC event. The service was introduced with a simple yet futuristic approach to offer a great gaming experience to just everyone, no matter which device they’re on. Google was tight-lipped at the event; it didn’t announce much besides how amazing the gaming experience is going to be.
The configurations and how it’s going to achieve its set goals weren’t uttered at the event but Google did say that it will reveal more this summer. And, here we are, where the streaming service is getting introduced once again but this time Google is going to touch all elements and aspects of it.
Cloud gaming isn’t something new, but when you see big G getting involved in it, you wait for things to go commercial. And, now this service is finally rolling out, at least for a few countries now.
One of the biggest game titles announced first was Baldur's Gate 3. The founder of the company told the background of the game and his company, how it started, how did it proceed and all. Jack Buser, director for games, business development at Stadia at Google said, just-announced Baldur’s Gate 3 will ship simultaneously on Stadia and PC.
Google also announced what we all have been waiting for. Google announced to access in 4K resolution at 60fps with HDR and surround sound, you would need to have 35Mbps speed. But you will still be able to play on Google Stadia if you have 10Mbps internet speed. This will let you stream in 720p resolution. By announcing this, Google wants to convey that it supports a range of resolutions and internet speeds.
Stadia Pro -
With Stadia Pro, you’ll get up to 4K HDR resolution at 60 frames per second with 5.1 surround sound. So, you can experience big game titles at the highest settings if you will spend $9.99 per month. Stadia Pro will include free content, as well as discounts on titles you buy. The first free title is “Destiny 2,” as speculated in a recent report. And after your free 3-month subscription ends, Stadia Pro will cost you $9.99 per month.
Stadia Founder's Edition -
You can pre-order Stadia Founder’s Edition starting today at stadia.com. The price of the Founder’s Edition is $129.99 and it includes many things – a Chromecast Ultra, a limited-edition Night Blue Stadia Controller, three months of Stadia Pro, a three month Buddy Pass so that you could bring one friend along for the ride, and dibs on selecting at Stadia Name.
Google has announced that the Founder’s Edition is available in limited number. So, if you want to be the first, be sure to get it before it’s gone.
Stadia Base -
One more interesting way of accessing Google Stadia is to have Stadia Base. If you don’t have a strong internet connection to stream games in 4K quality resolution, you can still play your favorite games on virtually on any screen instantly. There are no downloads, updates, or patches required. But this is only coming in 2020. “Stadia Base is how you will play games you purchase in up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second without an active subscription to Stadia Pro.”
Note that if you want to have an extra controller for multiplayer games, you would need to spend $69.99. And, they are available in Just Black, Clearly White or Wasabi color options.
Stadia is launching this November in 14 countries - U.S., Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, U.K. It will spread across more countries in 2020.
- Bandai Namco - Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Bethesda - DOOM Eternal, DOOM 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Bungie - Destiny 2
- Capcom - TBD
- Coatsink - Get Packed (Stadia exclusive)
- Codemasters - GRID
- Deep Silver - Metro Exodus
- Drool - Thumper
- Electronic Arts - TBD
- Giants Software - Farming Simulator 19
- Larian Studios - Baldur’s Gate 3
- nWay Games - Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Rockstar Games - TBD
- Sega - Football Manager
- SNK - Samurai Shodown
- Square Enix - Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- 2K Games - NBA 2K, Borderlands 3
- Tequila Works - Gylt (Stadia exclusive)
- Warner Bros. - Mortal Kombat 11
- THQ - Darksiders Genesis
- Ubisoft - Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2
However, Google said this isn't just the entire list of games. More game titles are yet to come and it will announce more at the upcoming E3 event.