Google is Coming to Gaming
Updated: Jul 15, 2019
Google have decided to try their hand at gaming. Specifically Cloud gaming. Stadia is the plural of Stadium and is meant to reflect that it will be a collection of entertainment which the viewer can choose to sit back and watch or actively take part in, according to Google’s Phil Harrison. Stadia allows players to access their games on computer, smartphones, and tablets. It is integrated with YouTube’s “State Share” feature and allows viewers of streams to launch a game in the same save state as the streamer.
Players will have to purchase games through Stadia to be able to play them, but you do not need to download the game more than once to play on other platforms. Pro tiers are available will offer discounts on games, a library of free games, and higher streaming rates – all available for £10 a month. With every pre-order of Stadia, players will receive the stadia controller, Chromecast ultra, three months of pro service and an additional pro service to gift to a friend. This costs £119.
There will be a free version available to everyone with a fast-enough internet connection. This will hopefully be available in 2020.
Games like Borderlands 3, Destiny 2, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Just Dance 2020, and Watch Dogs: Legion, will be available to play on Stadia.
There was a closed beta available to certain creators. It was met with mixed reviews. Depending on Wi-Fi speeds the game sometimes compressed its screen resolution or lagged. Although Google have stated that Stadia offers a 4K resolution, even on wired connection the stream did not reach this and occasionally went fuzzy.
Hopefully after receiving feedback from the beta, Google has improved the stability of Stadia. It will be exciting to see how Microsoft and Sony react to the new competition.