Google decided to put its mighty weight behind the gaming industry, and we expect significant disruption in that market. If you are a die-hard gamer, I bet you are twitching to get your hands on the Google Stadia control pads and start leveling up your game.
However, the Stadia console will be a stream-first and stream-only gaming rig. Unlike the traditional gaming rigs, we have had from Sony and Microsoft that uses Blu Ray Disks or downloaded games. Google Stadia games will stream online, which will be a hard sell to consumers in regions with slow, unreliable, and expensive internet connection.
You can access Stadia games through the Chrome browser, meaning gamers will be able to play the game from a wide range of platforms. You will not need to buy the Stadia. Your current laptop might be good enough to access the Stadia title and get you gaming in an instant provided you have reliable, fast, and consistent internet connection.
Other goodies packs that come with Google Stadia
High-end Visual Experience: With Stadia, much of the heavy graphics works will be done by the Google servers (not natively on your device as has been the norm with video games in the past). Google has put in place state-of-the-art high-performance servers with custom Intel x86 processor with hyperthreading and clocking at 2.7 GHz. The server will have a 16GB RAM, custom AMD graphics chip with HBM2 memory, SSD storage, and 56 compute units. Giving gamers a gigantic 10.7 teraFLOPS performance.
And as icing on the cake, Google will stream the game from the nearest server near the gamer’s location. Something that won’t be difficult for Google to do, given its impressive distribution of data centers around the world. Thanks to that, gamers will be able to play games in 4K resolutions at 60 fps; something virtually all the currently available gaming consoles can achieve. Google also plans to bump that up to 8K resolutions and 120 fps soon.
The Stadia controller – the only hardware you need to buy: Like any good gaming console, Google designed a proprietary controller. But unlike other consoles, consumers can buy just the controller without the gaming rig itself, and they’re ready to play.
Armed with just the Stadia controller, gamers will be connected directly to Google’s servers (not the console itself) through Wi-Fi giving you lag-free gaming experience. The controller also comes in with built-in Google assistant, a dedicated capture button for saving and sharing your gaming sessions on YouTube.
The controller will cost just $69 and is the only device you will need to buy. However, if for some reason you can’t buy it, you can substitute it with the conventional mouse, keyboards, and other gaming controllers at your disposal. Though Google recommends you get the Stadia controller for the optimum gaming experience.
Games that will be launching with Google Stadia: A gaming platforms, is only as good as the gaming titles ready to play on it. For Stadia, it will be released with the following games:
|Just Dance 2020||Tomb Raider||The Crew 2|
|Rage 2||NBA 2K||Mortal Kombat 11|
|Power Rangers: Battle for Grid||Samurai Shodown||Farming Simulator|
|Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2||Get Packed||Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint|
|Watch Dogs: Legion||Doom||Borderlands 3|
|Doom Eternal||Destiny 2||Assassin’s Creed Odyssey|
In addition to launching the Stadia, Google will also be launching Stadia Games and Entertainment. Google will also oversee a studio that will be exclusively producing games for the Stadia online gaming platform. Meaning gamers can expect multiple high-quality games exclusive to the stadia platform.
Google Stadia release date
And now to what probably drew you to this article, Google Stadia will be launching in November 2019. It will be immediately available across the US, Canada, and the 12 countries across Europe:
For other regions, there is no official communication from Google yet as to when it will be available.
Google Stadia pricing
Stadia will set you back $9.99 per month for the Stadia Pro subscription. In this package, you will access older games in the library, 4K streaming, and 60 fps. The company will also have a Founder’s Edition package at $129 on pre-order, where gamers will get a proprietary Night Blue Stadia controller, a Chromecast Ultra, which will enable you access Stadia on a TV, and a 3-month subscription for you and a plus one.
Come 2020; Google will launch a free Stadia platform, where gamers will access the platform for free, but the resolution will be in Full HD. Since there will be no free games, you will need to purchase your games separately.