19 February 2020
After months of wait and anticipation, Google Stadia game streaming service is finally live. It means if you were one of the early buyers of the Stadia Founder's Edition, you are likely to have received the package with Stadia controller and Chromecast Ultra. As for others, you have no choice but to wait for the shipment to arrive at your doorstep.
The Stadia gaming lineup at launch includes 22 titles which include 10 titles that were added just one day ahead of the launch. A complete list is included at the bottom of this article but you will be able to play any of them on any supported device and from anywhere. The only thing you need to take care of is that there is a good quality internet connection, especially if you want to stream games at a higher resolution.
Google made the Stadia application available for Android and iOS last week. The Android app is what you will need to play Stadia games on supported Android smartphones which only include Pixel phones for the time being. As for the iOS app, it is limited to accessing and managing your Stadia games library. It is unknown whether game streaming will be added in the future.
Google Stadia looks promising for sure but the initial rollout has not been a smooth ride. A number of Stadia users have complained about not receiving their unique invite codes. These codes are the most important part of the service as they are keys to log into the service and reserver usernames. Even the Stadia app will not work if you don't have an invite code.
Additionally, many early reviews suggest that Stadia streaming quality is not up to the level it was promised by Google. The Verge noted in its initial review that 4K streaming was not true 4K despite using the service on a high-speed connection. They even noticed below expectation performance during 1080p streaming.
We can only hope that Google will fix these issues as soon as possible, especially considering it has made users pay for becoming an early adopter instead of releasing a public beta. In the meantime, you can check out the complete Stadia gaming library list:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Farming Simulator 2019
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Grid 2019
- Just Dance 2020
- Metro Exodus
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K20
- Rage 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Samurai Shodown
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood