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Google Stadia: Overview of the most important information, games and prices
What has happened since the last update?
- Google is expanding its Stadia offering with indie titles
- More details on leaving your own game studio
- Over 100 games are to appear for Stadia this year
- Concerns about game updates due to large wave of layoffs
Google Stadia: What are the benefits of the cloud gaming platformThe goal of Stadia is simple: In Netflix fashion, Google tries to stream games in high 4K UHD resolution including high-contrast High Dynamic Range technology (HDR) at constantly flowing 60 frames per second over the Internet to a wide variety of devices. Even 8K resolutions and 120+ FPS are planned for the future. It is no longer necessary to install, download or patch games. In addition, you don't need an expensive high-end PC or a modern game console.
Google surprises with a bizarre trailer for the Stadia streaming service
But when it comes to streaming current games, Google does not want to put an end to it. Stadia is to be integrated directly into the YouTube community and thus ensure more interactions in cooperation with the video portal. In the future, games should be streamed without loss of performance and even be able to join streamers online matches directly at the push of a button via crowd play. Games are shared with friends using a function called State Share and the Google Assistant helps with problems with how-to videos and solutions from the community. An integrated messenger (chat function) for players is also available.
And all you need is a Chrome browser, the Stadia app, an Android TV or a Chromecast Ultra. This means that top games with sophisticated graphics can be played on almost any device without any significant loss of quality. It doesn't matter what kind of performance class a PC, notebook, smartphone, tablet or smart TV is in, for example. A very interesting idea that could bring the gaming world into even more living rooms, offices and pockets. But is it all so easy?
Stadia - Google shows new promotional video for the gaming service
Stadia is still missing the advertised functions, including full integration into the YouTube gaming universe. Developers like Tequila Works are sure that the new features will "blow away" players. That is also necessary, because titles like Destiny 2 suffer from an immense loss of players a year after their launch.
The principle already seems to be causing such waves that German competition is forming. Medion and Deutsche Telekom have already announced that they will enter the cloud gaming business this year. However, gamers doubt whether the services can establish themselves as successfully as Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud or Amazons and Valves (Steam) the upcoming portal. After all, Google has the plan to address an audience of billions, 200 million users would not be enough for the search engine company.
See also:Google Stadia compares itself to the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
Google Stadia: Everything about hardware and bandwidth requirementsGoogle already published details at GDC 2019 on which server hardware is providing the required performance in the background. It cooperates primarily with the chip manufacturer AMD. For example, it supplies the new graphics chips (GPU), which will have a performance of 10.7 teraflops. The comparison is primarily made with the performance values of the Xbox One X game consoles (6.0 TFLOPs) and the PlayStation 4 Pro (4.2 TFLOPs), which Stadia clearly beats. In addition, they will rely on 2.7 GHz processors (CPU) and 16 GB of RAM per system. The next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, however, have not (so far) been beaten by Stadia.
Google Stadia hardware recently confirmed
- GPU with 10.7 TFLOPs, 56 compute units, HBM2 memory
- CPU with 2.7 GHz, hyperthreading, AVX 2
- 16 GB RAM with 484 GB / s speed, 9.5 MB L2 + L3 cache
Stadia boss Phil Harrison continues to comment on a very important topic - bandwidth. If you want to stream games in 1080p full HD resolution at 60 FPS, you should have at least an Internet connection with 25 Mbit / s (DSL 25,000). With a slightly stronger 35 Mbit / s line, you should already play at 4K level. For those who cannot meet these bandwidths, the resolution is reduced accordingly, for example to 720p. The minimum requirement, however, is 10 Mbit / s downstream and 1 Mbit / s upstream. This is how fast your internet connection should be for StadiaIn the same breath, the question of latency is often asked. Google will work hard to improve these so the benefits of physical gaming hardware should diminish in the future. However, official information is not yet available. In the first tests by Digital Foundry, latencies of 166 to 188 milliseconds at a 1080p resolution are spoken of. Taking into account the input lag of displays and controllers, you would be on par with the Xbox One X here. Only PCs delivered better results in the first test. And that's exactly what Stadia wants to face in multiplayer.
The stable connection and the high bandwidths between the various Stadia servers should enable huge game worlds with thousands of players without the user's hardware having any influence. In addition, an AI algorithm should ensure that pre-generated frames improve latency. Google even says that this can be better than on local gaming PCs.
Google Stadia: do you need a new controller?A suitable gamepad for Stadia was presented at the first keynote. The controller is very similar to the input devices for the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 and also the Pro Controller for the Nintendo Switch. It has a classic digi-cross, ABXY buttons, analog sticks arranged in parallel and matching shoulder buttons. In addition, the Stadia Controller offers a button for the Google Assistant and a capture button for screenshots, videos and streaming options. The new Stadia controller is very reminiscent of the gamepads of the console competition. In contrast to many other controllers, this is optimized for Stadia and does not connect to the device itself via a WiFi connection, but to the gaming cloud connection. This means that you can switch seamlessly between different devices without having to reconnect the controller.
Finally really wireless:At the beginning, the controller's cloud capability only worked in conjunction with the Chromecast Ultra on a television. The gamepad had to be connected to other devices with a USB-C cable. Updates are now available for the controller, which enable a wireless connection even when playing in the Chrome browser and on Android smartphones.
The price for the new Google Stadia Controller is 69 euros. The Founders Edition comes with a Stadia gamepad in the exclusive "Night Blue" color, while the Premiere Edition comes in typical white. The controller is also optionally available in black and wasabi.
Google Stadia: What games are available?Since Google is still in negotiations with large developer studios, the portfolio of confirmed and playable Stadia titles is still relatively manageable. Ubisoft is the first partner on board and has already supported the alpha phase with Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. In addition, id Software has hooked up with Doom Eternal and Tequila Works is already working on a Stadia port of the action adventure Rime. The science fiction RPG Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2), which has been available as a PC version since November 2019, are also part of the party.
Orcs Must Die! 3 was published exclusively for Google Stadia
A few names were heard at the first Stadia Connect event. The following games are available for Stadia with immediate effect and when the respective titles are released: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein Youngblood, Destiny 2, Power Rangers Battle For The Grid, Baldur's Gate 3, Metro Exodus, Thumper, GRID, Samurai Shodown , Get Packed, Football Manager 2020, The Elder Scrolls Online, The Crew 2, Tom Clancy's The Division 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Trials Rising, NBA 2K, Borderlands 3, Farming Simulator 19, Mortal Kombat 11, Rage 2, Final Fantays XV, Gylt, Tomb Raider Trilogy, Darksiders Genesis and Just Dance 2020.
Google used the second Stadia Connect stream to confirm additional titles. These include Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle, Superhot, Destroy all Humans, Windjammers 2, Orcs must die 3, Kine and Watch Dogs Legion. In the course of the next few months, other Ubisoft titles will also be incorporated, which in future will also be included in the new Uplay + Premium subscription, which can be coupled with Stadia.
In April 2020, Google announced that games like Playerunknown's Battleground (PUBG), the long-announced Get Packed and Crayta, another exclusive title, are now available for Stadia. In addition, other titles from EA are returning, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order as well as FIFA 20 and Madden 20 including their successors FIFA 21 & Co. Furthermore, Rock of Ages 3, The Turing Test and Zombie Army 4 have been released.
Darksiders Genesis - Launch trailer for the action game for PC and Stadia
Google is also considering the possibility of trial versions or demos for selected games in order to convince gamers of the title. However, a precise schedule has not yet been set. The so-called "Trials" are aimed at both players with a Stadia Pro subscription and those with the free base version. Stadia plans to release over 120 games in 2020 and 2021.
Under the direction of Jade Raymond (ex-Ubisoft), Google also wanted to work on its own Stadia games. The newly created "Games and Entertainment" department was closed at the beginning of February 2021 and Raymond left the company. In-house production is therefore not to be expected for the time being. In addition, there seem to be problems with future game patches due to the related layoffs. It is questionable whether Google will still offer exclusive titles with possible studio takeovers. However, time-exclusive deals with various publishers are not off the table. It seems that in the future the focus will also be on indie games, the developers of which are financially supported by Google.
Google Stadia: How expensive is the cloud service?Stadia was released on 19th November 2019. Pre-orderers of the so-called Founder's Edition or the new Premiere Edition received a kind of Headstart or Early Access. A bundle costing 129 euros was required for this, which was once available in the Google Store. In addition to the Stadia Controller in the color "Night Blue" or white, it included a Chromecast Ultra streaming stick, a free, three-month Stadia Pro subscription (including Buddy Pass for friends and name reservation in the Founder's Edition) and access to the complete "The Collection" of the shooter MMO Destiny 2 as well as other free pro games.
Note for interested parties: Stadia Pro is currently available for free for one month, regardless of whether you buy a premium bundle or not. The bundle mentioned above also no longer contains any free months, which is why the easiest way to get started is with the trial subscription.The two subscriptions at a glance: Google Stadia Pro and Stadia Base. Google offers two subscription models. For 9.99 euros per month, users can play in high 4K resolution with 60 FPS, HDR and 5.1 surround sound. Some titles will be included similarly to Xbox Game Pass, while others will need to be purchased separately. For the additional, free Stadia Base subscription, however, all games must be purchased at full price. In addition, there is only a 1080p resolution, 60 FPS and stereo sound in the free version of Stadia.
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