No one knows what the future holds, except the One who holds the future. Google is sure to keen on these words, as the company looks to transform the gaming industry with its new platform, Google Stadia. We will be taking a closer look at the benefits Stadia will bring to its users, but also the disadvantages that threaten to put the dream of “Netflix for games” to rest.
🚨IT’S HAPPENING 🚨⁰⁰
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) 6 June 2019
What is Google Stadia?
While Google is yet to unveil the mysteries surrounding its new product, these are the facts we know so far. Google Stadia is a platform designated for streaming games through cloud services. It will allegedly be able to do so in 4k at a rate of 60 frames per second, and will also have support for high-dynamic-range. However, its ability to enable users to play games instantly on any device that is operating Google Chrome got the public listening. The list includes mobile phones, smart TVs and computers, whose screen can now be used for instant access to games.
To achieve this, the company will be using numerous data centers across the globe. The user’s Internet connection will be essential for Stadia to work accordingly, as frames and resolution will be defined by it. The minimum recommended bandwidth for 720p is at least 10 Mbps. If you desire to have the complete Google Stadia experience in 4k, a speed of 35 Mbps will be required. The benefits, however, are that no installations or updates are needed, as the game streaming is done from Google’s servers. The latency between the given command and response is practically invisible, so it will not affect the gameplay.
Will Stadia be Available on Any Device?
Although it may appear that Stadia will be usable on any screen, there is a different side to the story as Google unveils more information on the platform.
When it comes to mobile phones, for now, you will only be able to use it on Google’s Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL. If you are looking to play it on your Android TV, this will come as bad news, since you will have to buy Chromecast Ultra. However, if you subscribe on a month-to-month basis for three months, the price of Chromecast Ultra will be reduced to about $30.
The whole simplicity of plainly opening a Chrome Tab to begin with the unparsable gaming experience is turning to be more complicated than expected. Furthermore, this will bring up to the narrowing of the audiences the platform is designed for at its release.
One place for all the ways we play.
Take a look at the first lineup of games coming to Stadia. pic.twitter.com/39eC6GSeco
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) 6 June 2019
When is Google Stadia Coming Out?
Stadia is anticipated to come out somewhere around November. While Google has not given an exact date, some are led to believe it might launch near Black Friday, who occurs on November 29.
It will come available in 14 countries, that include U.S., Canada, the U.K., Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, and Denmark.
A specific date will presumably be given at one of the future Stadia announcements. Regardless, if you pre-order the platform, it will come with certain benefits.
What is the Price of Stadia?
There are different options you can choose from when it comes to the price of Google Stadia. You will be able to pick between Stadia Founders Package, Stadia Pro and Stadia Base.
Stadia Founders Package seems to be the best deal so far, as it gets you a limited edition “night blue” Stadia controller, 4k Chromecast Ultra, 3 months of Stadia Pro and a Stadia Buddy Pass. With the Buddy Pass, you will be able to supply Stadia to one more user for free during the next three months. You will also be ready to go ahead and secure your Stadia name early on. Destiny 2: The Collection is included in the package as well. The price for this pleasure will be $129.
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Stadia Pro will require a monthly subscription of $9.99 and will grant you unlimited access to Stadia’s gaming roster in 4K at 60fps/HDR with 5.1 surround sound. Although Google will rotate its bundle of free titles, you can acquire new ones with a discount. The conclusion is that you will not be getting free access to all of the games with the monthly subscription, but will instead have to purchase them at a price similar to those for consoles. Essentially, it will be nothing similar to Netflix, but rather like PlayStation Plus.
Stadia Base will come with no monthly subscription and will enable users to play any purchased game in 1080p at 60fps with stereo sound. However, users will have to wait until 2020 to join in with this option.
What is the Price of a Stadia Controller?
An additional controller will cost you $69 except it is not essential as the platform can work with a broad range of controllers. Keyboard and mouse set up is also an option. Still, it does come with certain unique features worth mentioning. The controller is Wi-Fi enabled and will shoulder all the screens Google Stadia supports.
The Wi-Fi is used for connection with Google’s Servers and will help with the lag-free streaming experience. Regardless, many, including me, are doubtful of this, as data gaps seem inevitable. There are games that require an instant response, so it will be interesting to see how will Stadia cope with this.
The controller will also feature a Capture button, which allows streamers to take screenshots or record their gameplay. It will additionally come in white, black, and teal color alternatives.
In short, these specs have been confirmed by Google so far:
Wi-Fi: Dual-band (2.4GHz / 5GHz) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac connectivity
Bluetooth: Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 (BLE)
Headset jack: 3.5mm headset jack
USB: USB-C port for charging, wired gameplay, and accessories
Dimensions: 163mm x 105mm x 65mm
Google Assistant: Google Assistant button for activating the microphone
Capture button: Instant access to image and video capture
Battery: Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery
What Games Will be Available on Stadia?
Google is still working with many developers, and the list sure to expand as time goes on. For now, it is known that there will be 32 titles arriving from 18 different video game studios.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid
Baldur’s Gate 3
Football Manager 2020
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Crew 2
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Farming Simulator 19
Mortal Kombat 11
Final Fantasy 15
Tomb Raider Trilogy
Just Dance 2020
What will set aside gaming on Google Stadia is the graphics chip stated to deliver 10.7 teraflops of power. For comparison, PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of 4.2 teraflops and Xbox One X 6 teraflops. Additionally, custom-made 2.7GHz x86 CPU with 16GB of RAM will endorse the platform.
At first glance, the numbers do sound impressive but take into notice that it was compared to nearly four years old consoles. Both Sony and Microsoft are known to be working on their cloud services and are yet to release the new generation of their products.
Is Google Stadia Worth Buying?
The first disappointment with Stadia came after finding out it will not be the “Netflix for games.” Instead of the anticipated unlimited access to various gaming titles for a monthly subscription, users are required to purchase games.
With this, Google has done nothing to differentiate itself from other consoles, as there are no unique titles available for Stadia alone. The overall dependence of high-speed internet will also mean users will not be able to play their games offline. Of course, this might change in the future.
Although Stadia is available on any screen, you will probably not be able to use it anywhere you want. Unlike a console, it does not require you to carry it around but instead needs every place you go, to meet the bandwidth requirements. For example, there are a few hotels that can fulfill this need, so using Stadia on vacations will be difficult.
Perhaps the biggest problem with Stadia is its lack of targeted audience. Many people will be driven away because they do not meet up with internet speed standards, thus are not able to stream in 4k. Mobile device users are narrowed down to Google phones, and it is doubtful how will Android TV users cope with the new idea.
Those who are into multiplayer gaming will probably encounter problems at the beginning, and the cloud is highly reliant of Googles Data Servers. Sony and Microsoft are yet to unveil their products and are likely to have their usage of cloud services. There is nothing that would turn away PC users, as a controller is required for TV screens.
Overall, Google Stadia is a great glance to the future, but I fear it is a little bit too soon for this to live up. Luckily, Google can afford to experiment like this, and will at least bring to the research and development on the possibilities of video gaming.
If you are enthusiastic about technology, this is definitely a great choice, as it might turn out to be the next big thing. However, don’t set your hopes too high, as this is just the beginning of a bigger story to come.
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