Google is finally taking the game very seriously, Yes you read it right Google is now making its way to Gaming Industry with a boom. Gone are the days when you used to play Games on Sony Play-station or Microsoft Xbox gaming consoles.
Google has announced a new service which will change the face of the gaming industry, Now with Google STADIA, you don’t need high configuration machines/Rigs to play powerful graphics games like Assassin Creed, Football, etc.
In March 2019 Google announced Stadia as a cloud-based gaming service. Service will stream games from a server to any device capable of running an Internet browser.
A special controller is also being introduced to provide a better gaming experience, which will connect directly to the Stadia server, rather than to the user device.
Google plans to integrate Stadia into other services, such as Google Assistant and YouTube, to offer additional features. They are also collaborating with game developers, including Ubisoft and Bethesda, to make sure their games are optimized for the platform.
WHEN WILL STADIA LAUNCH?
Google has confirmed that Stadia will launch in November 2019. Here is the list of countries where they are launching it first:- Belgium, Finland, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the USA.
Sadly, India is not a part of the list and there is no official information when the service will come to the country. But as from unknown sources, there are pieces of information that they will launch this service in India after 2 years.
HOW MUCH WILL STADIA COST?
Before we get into pricing, know that there will be two versions of the service you can opt for – Stadia Base and Stadia Pro. Stadia Base is free while Stadia Pro is $9.99 per month. But remember, Stadia Base will be available in 2020 only. Check this list:-
Which Game Controller and How much Internet Speed ?
While Google Stadia will work with your existing Game Controllers and Keyboards .Google also launched a controller specially designed for STADIA . The controller has a pretty typical design, including two analog sticks, a directional pad, bumpers, etc. It’ll be available in three colors (Clearly White, Just Black, and Wasabi) and features two buttons specific for Stadia – a Share and Google Assistant button.
The Share button enables users to instantly share their gameplay to YouTube. Users can control if they want to keep the shared video private, only send it to certain friends, or have it be publically viewable. When the stream is shared, it’ll be in 4K at 60 FPS.
As for the Google Assistant button, this works with the controller’s built-in microphone and allows you to issue voice commands as you would with any other Assistant-enabled device, Unique to the Stadia controller, you’ll be able to use Assistant to access special in-game features.
You’ll be able to purchase controllers for $69 each, and if you pick up the Stadia Founder’s Edition, you’ll get a limited edition Night Blue one.
Now lets talk about the Internet Speed you need
As I told you earlier this Service offers two options – Stadia Pro gives you 4K, 60fps streaming with HDR and 5.1 surround sound assuming you’ve got the required 35Mbps of bandwidth, plus access to Stadia’s eventual free catalog, and exclusive discounts on games. The free tier launching in 2020 is limited to 1080p60 with stereo sound and requires 10Mbps of bandwidth to stream at 720p.
Games which will be available?
Game Library is good enough to enjoy the thrilling experience. Here are all the games Google has confirmed so far:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Borderlands 3
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- The Crew 2
- Darksiders Genesis
- Destiny 2
- Doom Eternal
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy 15
- Football Manager
- Get Packed
- Just Dance
- Metro Exodus
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
- Rage 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Samurai Showdown
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- Trials Rising
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
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