Today was the day marked by the giant Mountain View to give us all the keys of Google Stadia, and frankly, I must say that they have met the expectations they had generated. Not only have they announced the games that will be available from the launch, but they have also deepened the technical level, the requirements that we must meet and the prices that will have to be paid to enjoy this game service in the cloud.
Before entering the subject, I think it is important to clarify what exactly Google Stadia is. As we have said is a game service in the cloud , which means that we have a software that acts as a client to communicate the servers of Google, which are responsible for running the games we want to enjoy, and the device on which we want to receive the streaming As with other similar services, such as GeForce Now, in this case, the necessary hardware is included to run the games, but many of them will be paid and must be purchased separately.
Indeed, Google has confirmed that Stadia will offer some free games, but that most will have to buy them through the service itself. It will not be, therefore, a game service in the cloud with “free bar” content, but rather a kind of “I put the hardware and you the games.”
As we said earlier will work through the Chrome browser and we can enjoy it on almost any device that has a screen, whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, a TV or a PC. Initially, Stadia Pro support will be limited to Chromecast Ultra, but Google’s goal is, as we said, to gradually extend it to any Chrome-compatible device.
One of the main problems that the game presents in the cloud is the latency and jerks that occur at specific moments when the server has not had time to complete certain tasks because we have moved too fast, or simply because it is saturated and can not work with the fluency you need. This happens especially when the same server covers the needs of several players, although it is also a direct consequence of not having to download or install any type of file on our devices.
Well, according to Google has managed to solve this issue through artificial intelligence and deep learning, shaping a system that will adjust the graphics quality of games at all times to adapt to the state of service and our Internet connection, so that we will always enjoy the most optimized experience possible, without jumps, without jerks and without delays that end up making the gaming experience unbearable.
In the attached image you can see the different configurations that we can use depending on our Internet connection, and also depending on the plan we choose to welcome, a topic that we will touch in depth below. The server that will run the games counts, as we told you when the official presentation took place, with a high-performance Intel multicore processor, 16 GB of RAM and a semi-personalized Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.
Google Stadia: games, available plans and prices
Now that we are clear about how Google Stadia works and what requirements it has at the connection level for each configuration, it is necessary to see the catalog of games that will be available when the launch of this service occurs:
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
- Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid.
- Metro Exodus.
- SAMURAI SHODOWN.
- Football Manager 2020.
- The Elder Scrolls Online.
- The Crew 2.
- Baldur’s Gate 3.
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
- Get Packed.
- The Division 2.
- Destiny 2.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
- DOOM Eternal.
- DOOM 2016.
- NBA 2K19.
- Tomb Raider Trilogy.
- Darksiders Genesis.
- Trials Rising.
- Borderlands 3.
- Farming Simulator 19.
- Mortal Kombat 11.
- RAGE 2.
- Final Fantasy XV.
- Just Dance 2020.
Google says clearly on its official website that “these and other games will be for sale in Stadia,” in case anyone doubted what we said at the beginning. They put the hardware (and some games), you pay to use it and also for the games you want to buy.
Well, now it’s time to talk about plans and prices. Google has confirmed that Stadia will be available as of November of this year in a total of 14 countries, although it will be temporarily limited to those who acquire the special “Founders Edition” pack, which is already available for pre-purchase and includes a exclusive control in color «night blue», a Chromecast Ultra 4K, three months subscription to Stadia Pro for us and for a friend or family member and Destiny 2: The Collection. Its price is 129 euros.
Those who do not want to get that special pack will be eligible for the subscription model «Pro», whose cost will be 9.99 euros per month and will allow us to play in 4K at 60 FPS with 5.1 sound. It will allow us to buy games with discounts and it comes with Destiny 2: The Free Collection (includes all the DLC).
For the next year, they plan to offer Stadia Base, a free model that will allow us to play in 1080p at 60 FPS and with stereo sound. It will not have discounts and it will not allow playing Destiny 2: The Collection, so it is mainly intended as a platform for the sale of games.