Google Stadia

Google Stadia

Google's Gaming in the Cloud service offers online gaming experience with heavy processing performed on the cloud, accessible cross-platform through the Google Chrome browser.

Stadia is a cloud gaming service by Google, offering people to launch and play games through a Chrome browser with heavy processing performed on the data centers. Google claims to be able to provide 4K graphics with 60 FPS streaming, 5.1 surround sound, and high dynamic range support on compatible devices and screens. Expensive gaming hardware has always been a barrier for the gaming community to embrace the latest games, services like Stadia aim to remove the barrier. With Stadia, client devices only require devices capable of running the latest Google Chrome and high-speed internet, without the need for powerful gaming hardware. Google plans to launch the services in November 2019 with selected games in selected countries.

Google debuted the idea as “Project Stream” to test the interactivity of cloud gaming in October 2018 with Ubisoft’s “Assasin’s Creed Odyssey.” After launch, Stadia will be subscription based with pre-included games and the ability to purchase additional games. Google offered early adopters of the service with “Stadia Founders Edition” Chromecast Ultra, Stadia Controller, and one year of Destiny 2 subscription for pre-ordering.

Features

Stadia is a cloud-based gaming and streaming service, allowing players to play the latest games on limited powered devices. Stadia is almost platform agnostic with compatible devices including desktop, laptops, tablets, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a phones and TV through chromecast ultra. Stadia is built upon technology based on Google Chrome and YouTube to bring gamers and streamers into a single community. Users will not need to download games for installation on their local machine or wait for patches as server-based system handle the files and updates. Stadia also allows players to stream gameplay directly on YouTube.

Hardware and Software

Google will use the Linux operating system, Vulkan graphics API, a custom AMD Radeon GPU, and Intel-based CPU. Google will also be launching a Stadia controller, which directly connects to Google’s data center through Wi-Fi to provide low input latency. The controller also features Google Assistant to let users search for content on YouTube and Google Search Engine.

Games

On June 6, 2019, Google announced the first wave of games to be available on launch. Current known games to be released on launch are:

Games available on Stadia Launch

Game Publisher
Games

2K Games

NBA 2K, Borderlands 3

Bandai Namco

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Bethesda

DOOM Eternal, DOOM 2016, Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Bungie

Destiny 2

Coatsink

Get Packed (Stadia exclusive)

Codemasters

GRID

Deep Silver

Metro Exodus

Drool

Thumper

Giants Software

Farming Simulator 19

Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3

nWay Games

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Sega

Football Manager

SNK

Samurai Shodown

Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Tequila Works

Gylt (Stadia exclusive)

THQ

Darksiders Genesis

Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Trials Rising, The Crew 2

Warner Bros

Mortal Kombat 11

Timeline

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Google Stadia detailed: price, release date and the first games you'll stream

Sean Hollister

Web

June 6, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Stadia Connect 6.6.2019 - Pricing, Game Reveals, Launch Info & More

June 6, 2019

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Ron Amadeo
August 7, 2020
Ars Technica
Microsoft says Apple "consistently treats gaming apps differently."
Stacy Liberatore
August 7, 2020
Mail Online
Seabird poop is a million dollar market. The waste is used in commercial fertilizer and nutrients contribute to marine life health. Experts say the feces generates at least $400 million a year.
Jonathan Chadwick
August 7, 2020
Mail Online
University of Cambridge scientists analysed data from 600,000 adults, drawn from five different datasets, including individuals questioned as part of a Channel 4 documentary.
BS Web Team
June 12, 2020
@bsindia
Besides OnePlus smartphones, the Google Stadia officially supports Google, Samsung, Asus and Razer smartphones
Arol Wright
May 27, 2020
xda-developers
Google Stadia is now adding a couple of games to their library as well as additional content for existing ones. Oh, and 1440p streaming too.
Julie Muncy
April 11, 2020
Wired
Along with some big design upgrades, Sony says it's supposed to have better battery life to boot.
John Xavier
April 9, 2020
The Hindu
Today's cache is your daily download of the top 5 updates from the world of technology.
Cal Jeffrey
April 8, 2020
TechSpot
On Wednesday, Google finally rolled out the free version of its Stadia game-streaming service. All players need is a Gmail address and a compatible controller or keyboard and mouse. To celebrate the launch, it is offering two months of the...
David Matthews
April 2, 2020
TechSpot
Cloud gaming is slowly becoming a thing with big tech companies including Microsoft, Google, Sony, and Nvidia all having some version of the technology. Amazon is also poised to leverage its vast cloud infrastructure to include gaming. However, Amazon is...
WIRED Staff
March 21, 2020
Wired
For everyone stuck at home, these are our favorite videogames, gadgets, and gift subscriptions for adjusting to a new reality.
March 10, 2020
9to5Google
Starting today, Destiny 2 is going on sale on Google Stadia for those Base players who want to get back to the space magic shooter.
Rob Thubron
March 5, 2020
TechSpot
Until now, 4K gaming with Stadia had only been available by using a Chromecast Ultra with a television. Now, 9to5Google and some Reddit users have reported that it's finally arriving on the web.
Ben Gilbert
March 4, 2020
Business Insider
The PlayStation studio responsible for "God of War" just lost its leader -- and she's leading a new studio as part of Google's risky push into gaming.
Babu Mohan
January 22, 2020
Android Central
Sony will apparently unveil a direct successor to the Xperia 1 at its MWC 2020 event next month, featuring a 4K HDR OLED display and 5G connectivity.
Ricky
January 18, 2020
GSMArena.com
The British broadband provider is bundling the game streaming service with broadband for free.
Michael Simon
January 17, 2020
PCWorld
A Radeon-based Chromebook could soon be a thing you can buy.
By James Pero For Dailymail.com
December 4, 2019
Mail Online
The device will present a cheaper option compared to the forthcoming 'Project Scarlett' and represent the next evolution of Microsoft's cheaper, all-digital, console, the Xbox S.
IANS
December 2, 2019
The Hindu
Wireless functionality for the Google Stadia controller is considered key as it uses built-in WiFi to directly connect to Stadia servers when users are playing games, meaning it will be able to reduce input lag
Matt Weinberger
November 24, 2019
Business Insider
Google Stadia is ambitious and futuristic. But the PlayStation 4 might have all the streaming tech you need, built right in.
Antonio Villas-Boas
November 21, 2019
Business Insider
A Google spokesperson said that overheating Chromecast Ultra devices are not to blame for crashing issues, and they are working as intended.
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