Google Stadia – Powerful, Seamless, Next-gen Cloud Gaming Platform

Google Stadia – Powerful, Seamless, Next-gen Cloud Gaming Platform

Google Stadia is cloud-based streaming game service, designed to run on everything from PCs and Android phones to GoogleR7;s own Chromecast devices.

Google Stadia will run a selection of existing PC games on Google’s centralized servers, taking in controller inputs and sending back video and audio using Google’s network of low-latency data centers. The company revealed a new Google-produced controller, along with a game-streaming interface that revolves around a “play now” button. Press this on any Web browser and will begin “in as quick as five seconds… with no download, no patch, no update, and no install.”

Google Stadia streams games from the cloud, so you can theoretically play big-budget titles on a smartphone, budget laptop, smart TV or any other device that connect to the internet. The service saves your progress across platforms. You can start your game on your phone and pick it back up on your PC later.

It is capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, to players via Google’s numerous data centers across the globe using a sufficiently connection. It will be accessible through desktop Google web browser, on smartphones, smart televisions and tablets, or through Chromecast.

The service is integrated with YouTube and its “state share” feature allows viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. This has been used as a selling point for the service. It is compatible with HID class USB controllers, though a proprietary controller manufactured by Google with a direct Wi-Fi link to data centers will be available alongside the service. Stadia is not like Netflix, requiring users to purchase games to stream via Stadia rather than pay for access to a library of games. While the base service will be free, a Pro tier monthly subscription allows users to stream at higher rates for larger resolutions, and the offer to add free games to their library.

Stadia’s stacks at Google’s data centers are powered by hardware, with 10.7 teraflops of power in each instance. At the launch, Stadia will support 4K, 60 frames-per-second performance. If you don’t have a 4K set to enjoy that gameplay with, Google says its capture button will save and stream your gameplay content at that resolution, should the game in question support it. Game develop company Unreal, Unity, Vulkan were announced as supporters of the Stadia platform.

Specifications and required Internet Speeds: Google Stadia’s data centers are powered by a custom AMD GPU, which sports 10.7 teraflops of GPU power; which is a whole lot more than the Xbox One X (6.0) and PS4 Pro (4.2). All of these specs allow the service to support gameplay at up to 4K at 60 frames per second, complete with bells and whistles like HDR and surround sound.

The recommended Internet Speeds:

  • 35 MBps: 4K, 60 frames per second, HDR 5.1 surround sound
  • 20 MBps: 1080p, 60 fps, HDR, 5.1 surround sound
  • 10 Mbps: 720p, 60 fps, stereo sound

Stadia Controller and supported Gamepads: Stadia will work with your existing devices and a variety of supported controllers. However, Google is launching its own peripheral, $69 Stadia Controller with Sporting a familiar Xbox-style layout, the controller connects to the cloud via Wi-Fi to ensure responsive gameplay no matter which device you’re playing on. The gamepad sports both a capture button for sharing gameplay, as well as a Google Assistant button that lets you ask for gameplay tips without having to close your game and look up a walk-through. The controller will be available in three colors: Wasabi, Clearly White and Just Black, with an additional Night Blue variant available exclusively to Founder’s Edition buyers. If you don’t want the Stadia Controller, service will work with most popular USB gamepads, such as the Xbox One controller and Logitech F310. You’ll also be able to use a mouse and keyboard.

List of some of the games coming to Google Stadia:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Attack on Titan Final Battle
  • Baldur’s Gate III
  • Borderlands 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Darksiders: Genesis
  • Destiny 2
  • The Division 2
  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Get Packed
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Grid
  • Gylt
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Orcs Must Die 3
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Superhot
  • Just Dance 2019
  • Kine
  • Tomb Raider Triilogy
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Windjammers 2
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Launch Date: Stadia is expected to launch in November 2019 in the US, UK, Europe and Canada. At launch, you’ll be able to use Stadia on any PC with a Chrome browser. The service will be exclusive to Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a smartphones at launch, with more phones to gain support in the future.

Costs: The core Stadia experience will be available as part of Stadia Pro, which is a $9.99 per month subscription service that gets you a growing library of games at the service’s highest streaming quality (4K/60 fps/HDR). A Stadia Pro subscription also provides exclusive discounts to game purchases. It’s not totally clear which games will require a separate purchase and which will be part of Stadia Pro, but Google has confirmed that Destiny 2 is part of the membership.

If you’re looking to go all out, you can pick up the $129 Stadia Founder’s Edition, which includes a special Night Blue Stadia Controller ($69 separately), a Google Chromecast Ultra ($69 separately), 3 months of Stadia Pro, a 3-month buddy pass for giving Pro access to a friend, and a copy of Destiny 2 complete with all of its expansions. The Founder’s Edition is available for pre-order now on Google’s website. Also, you can wait for Stadia Base to arrive in 2020, which will allow you to simply buy the games you want to play a la carte.

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