Earlier this year, Google announced the Stadia-a game streaming platform and service. This service was released at a time when tech giants such as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony were planning to introduce new consoles to the market.
Stadia does not depend on the processor of a device; instead, it streams games to compatible PCs, mobile phones, and TVs. Furthermore, the service does not offer a console while an internet connection of 10Mbps is needed for seamless gameplay.
Exciting features on the Google Stadia service includes 5.1 surround sound, HDR support, 4K resolution, and 60 fps. However, to access additional options, consumers will have to subscribe to the Stadia Pro plan.
Stadia Base vs Stadia Pro
Google Stadia has two versions – Stadia Base (free version) and the Stadia Pro (subscription-based version). As expected, Stadia Base stands as the basic plan of the streaming platform, and it offers 1080p at 60fps and stereo sound.
Although this plan is free, you have to purchase the games. Furthermore, there are no reports if users are allowed to bring previously owned games on the platform or if they can use titles purchased directly from service.
Besides you can enjoy the features of the Stadia Pro for a monthly fee of $9.99. This version brings 5.1 surround sound coupled with a resolution of 4K at 60fps. It even offers free games such as Destiny 2: the Collection while promising discounts on select game purchases.
You can pre-order the Stadia Founders Edition which includes a limited-edition Night Blue Stadia Controller; a Chromecast Ultra and a three month $129 Stadia Pro subscription which comes with a Buddy Pass that allows you share the subscription with a loved one. The Founders Edition will be available as from November 2019.
Initial Games Coming to Google Stadia
Games from various genres will be available for purchase on the Stadia. Confirmed titles are listed below:
- Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Destiny 2
- Elder Scrolls Online
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
- DOOM Eternal
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Metro Exodus
- FINAL FANTASY XV
- Rage 2
- SAMURAI SHOWDOWN
- Football Manager 2020
- Get Packed
- The Crew 2
- The Division 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Just Dance
- Trials Rising
- NBA 2K
- Borderlands 3
- Farming Simulator 19
- Darksiders Genesis
Should You Really Use Google Stadia?
So, what are the advantages of the Google Stadia platform? Well, it runs on a large selection of devices, including TVs, PCs, and smartphones. It also serves as an affordable gaming option since it does not require a console. Furthermore, it has a free version – the Stadia Base.
However, some users might find it frustrating since the games do not offer offline play, consumes much data, requires WIFI networks, and runs on smartphones with at least Android 6.0 or iOS 11. Also, it does not feature mouse or keyboard support while Stadia Pro subscribers have access to one free game.
When compared to older platforms such as gaming consoles or PCs, Stadia has numerous advantages and downsides. As mentioned earlier, the main benefit is the absence of a console. All that is required is a $69 controller and compatible devices.
But the high cost and limited free games on offer might make the streaming service to become unpopular with many users. Also, Google did not reveal if the platform will allow its users to bring games from other platforms.
The chances of Stadia coming as a formidable name in the gaming world might increase if it has a selection of next-gen games with lower prices.