400 games in the pipeline for Stadia, says Google

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Source: brisbaneonlinenews.com

Google has announced that around 400 games on the way for its Stadia game streaming service. It was said by Jack Buser, the service’s director of games. In an interview with MobileSyrup, Buser gave the figure. He said that the company has “a roadmap of about 400 games in development from 200 developers” for the service.

Additionally, he stopped short of giving specific information on individual games but said that most would arriving in 2021 and beyond. Buser told about the list of Stadia games maintained by Android Police. However, includes around 50 unreleased games that have announced for the service, alongside another 100 or so that are already available.

Being a director, he used the number of games on Stadia’s roadmap as evidence for Google’s long-term commitment to the platform. Buser said that Google’s planning for Stadia extends into 2023 at this point. Additionally, he said the company is looking many years out into the future. And gaming is one of the biggest businesses at Google. It is the only reason why you see us investing so much time and energy to support all these hundreds of developers building all these games.

What else did he announce?

Buser claims that the tech giant has a fascinating year ahead of us. And, in fact, we have many fascinating years ahead of us. The games that are under development include exclusive titles produced by Google’s own internal game studios as well as partners like Harmonix. The company has made some significant hires as part of its first-party development efforts, like ex-Ubisoft and EA producer Jade Raymond and ex-Sony Santa Monica studio head Shannon Studstill.

Buser says people are going to see the amount of exclusive content on our platform scale pretty rapidly. He also adds that some “cloud-native” titles will be able to do things that aren’t possible on current systems because they are free from the limitations of a network appliance in your living room, including a PC or a game console.”

Specifications of Google Stadia:

  • 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 for headsets with or without a microphone
  • USB: USB-C port for charging, wired gameplay, and accessories such as USB-C headsets. HID-compliant
  • Weight: 268g
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 105mm x 65mm
  • Google Assistant: Google Assistant button to trigger the microphone
  • Capture button: Quick access to image and video capture

What is Google Stadia?

Google Stadia allows you to play modern games on just about any screen you own, with Google’s servers handling all the processing power and beaming them to you through the cloud. Ideally, you don’t have to worry about any downloads or installations if your device can run a Google Chrome browser, it can handle Google Stadia (just not with 4K, HDR, or 5.1 Surround Sound).

Google Stadia can stream gameplay at 4K resolution with HDR and 5.1 surround sound at 60fps, all via an internet connection with at least 35 Mbps speed if your internet can handle it. Google Stadia supports a wide range of internet speeds at the cost of some graphical quality, even if you don’t have speedy internet. You can check in advance if your platform of choice is ready for Google Stadia using Google’s handy speed test site.

Google Stadia revealed in full, with playable demos on the show floor at GDC 2019. Hence if you genuinely want to enjoy Google Stadia, then you need to ensure you have the supported hardware, which is Chromecast on TV, the Chrome browser on PC, or a dedicated Stadia app on Pixel phones and other Android devices.

The working of Google Stadia:

Cloud gaming, or streaming games removing the need for physical copies, renders games on a remote server instead of your local device. That game then streamed to your device while your input on the controller (or mouse and keyboard) is sent to the server. It allows you to play games through the cloud in one of two ways. One is to buy a subscription to Stadia Pro for $10 a month, and you can get access to either Stadia’s game library on a remote server on your computer.

You can also use a remote PC onto which you can install games of your choosing. It is like renting a PC, which you can log into remotely. Currently, the Stadia Pro subscription offering only Destiny 2 for free, but you can avail more in the future. You can play games on your TV, PC, laptop, tablet, and Google Pixel smartphones without any need for a game launcher.

Can you get Google Stadia for free?

No doubt, the Google Stadia free  is available but the things have changed. Google Stadia offered a free option to anyone who signed up – two complimentary months of Stadia Pro and all the free games that come with it in April, 2020.

The controller:

You don’t need any dedicated Stadia controller to play on Google Stadia that supports a wide range of controllers and mouse and keyboard setup. Some of colors available on the controller are White, Just Black, Wasabi or the Night Blue colorway. Thus, some of the controllers allow your WiFi to connect directly with whatever game streamed from Google’s servers.

It also has two additional buttons which let you easily capture footage or activate the Google Assistant. Once you’ve got a supported controller and a screen to play on, you’re all set to use Google Stadia – no console or additional wires required.

Conclusion:

We can say that Google Stadia is the Silicon Valley giant’s take on gaming, allowing users to stream games on almost any device. Hence you can experience gaming without having to invest a large sum of money.