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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

June 7, 2021
Google Stadia heads to Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV devices.

People

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Further reading

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

Sean Hollister

Web

June 6, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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

June 6, 2019

Companies

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News

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Date
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Description
Mark Hachman
June 4, 2021
PCWorld
If you include Android games, a Chromebook arguably can play more games than a PC.
Sarah Perez
May 29, 2021
TechCrunch
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices [...]
Hugh Langley
May 6, 2021
Business Insider
Google Stadia's head of product recently departed, while several other members have jumped ship to a newly-formed game studio.
Ron Amadeo
May 4, 2021
Ars Technica
Google's embattled Stadia division loses one of its highest-profile executives.
Adrienne So
April 6, 2021
Wired
So Google's cloud-based gaming service isn't perfect. But for plenty of players, it's enough.
Tom Warren
March 31, 2021
The Verge
Microsoft is bringing its new Edge Chromium browser to Xbox consoles. The browser includes support for Google Stadia, Discord, and other popular web services on an Xbox console.
Julian Chokkattu
March 15, 2021
Wired
A lot of phones have tried, but the latest from Asus successfully levels up mobile gaming.
IOGEAR
March 3, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Kaliber Gaming, a gaming- and eSports-focused division of IOGEAR, today unveils its KeyMander 2 Mobile Keyboard/Mouse Adapter for Mobile...
Ben Gilbert
March 1, 2021
Business Insider
Some current and former employees are speaking out about what went wrong at Google's short-lived game development studios.
Jay Peters
February 26, 2021
The Verge
Two new reports from Bloomberg and Wired have shed light on some of Google's failures in building its Stadia cloud gaming service. Earlier in February, Google said it would be shutting down its in-house Stadia game development studios.
February 16, 2021
The Indian Express
While Google has confirmed the release dates of some of the upcoming titles, others have been confirmed and should be available soon after.
Mark Hachman
February 12, 2021
PCWorld
Stadia has struggled, but pre-installing the service on Chromebooks could give it a boost.
Taylor Lyles
February 8, 2021
The Verge
Terraria co-creator Andrew Spinks has announced that he plans to cancel the Google Stadia port for his popular 2D side-scrolling action-adventure sandbox game after the tech giant locked him out of all his Google accounts.
Jay Peters
January 15, 2021
The Verge
Hitman 3 and the World of Assassination trilogy launch on January 20th, and at launch, Google Stadia players will be able to share access to distinct points within a game thanks to Stadia's State Share feature. The feature works with any campaign or custom mission.
Michael Archambault
January 13, 2021
Digital Trends
Amazon and Google are two cloud giants jumping into the gaming world, but which streaming service stands taller? We look at both to see which is truly best.
Giovanni Colantonio
January 11, 2021
Digital Trends
Two major cloud streaming services are coming to LG TVs later this year, signaling a healthy outlook for the technology's future.
Cal Jeffrey
January 11, 2021
TechSpot
At CES 2021, LG unveiled its newest TVs featuring the latest technologies. One feature coming to sets is what LG calls Game Optimizer. The menu option allows...
Romain Dillet
January 11, 2021
TechCrunch
LG spent a good chunk of its CES press conference talking about its lineup of TVs for 2021. You can expect bigger, slimmer and brighter TVs. I'm not going to list the specifications of new models. But there are a few new features that are worth mentioning. LG doesn't use Android TV for the operating [...]
Chris Welch
January 11, 2021
The Verge
LG has announced that it's bringing two of the leading cloud gaming services, Google Stadia and Nvidia's GeForce Now, to its newest OLED, QNED, and NanoCell TVs by the end of this year.
Josh Hendrickson
December 21, 2020
www.reviewgeek.com
The Google Stadia concept seems sound. Instead of spending several hundred (or thousand) dollars on a high-end PC, stream games to your budget machine--if you have fast enough internet, that is. Trials required a credit card, and then you had to remember to cancel. Now, Google will let you skip the payment info. But you only get a half-hour to play.
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