Stadia: Can Google pull it off?

Okay, let us start by remembering these first;

Google Plus, Project ARA, Google Nexus, Google Talk, Google Allo, Chromecast Audio.  

Ring a bell, anyone? Yes, this list is part of Google projects and they have one thing in common. And that is they are known as failed Google products.  

Although without a doubt Google is the one who is responsible to produce Google Chrome, Google Search Engine, Gmail, and Android; Google still has its own bad history which left us scar we cannot forget.   

Google Stadia  

Google Stadia is a big new concept for a new gaming experience. It is a world where expensive gaming equipment is unnecessary to play the next big release games title. All we need to start a game is just open up a browser, select a game and start playing with no download required. Stadia promises to deliver playing games in 4k, 60fps games with only five seconds with no installation required.   

With that being said, Stadia also promises to allows us to play video games on any device thanks to its streaming technology. These devices will include phones, tablets and on Smart TV (on Chrome device).  

Games that work with Stadia  

Stadia currently working with a third-party developer to bring their games to Stadia. As of what we heard, this is all the games that have been confirmed for Stadia and as developers get in the hands with Google’s cloud technology, the games to come will increase by time.  

  • Anno 1800   
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey   
  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle   
  • Baldur’s Gate 3   
  • Beyond Good & Evil   
  • Borderlands 3   
  • Cyberpunk 2077   
  • Darksiders Genesis   
  • Destiny 2   
  • Destroy All Humans!   
  • DOOM   
  • DOOM Eternal   
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2   
  • Fary Cry 5   
  • Far Cry New Dawn   
  • Farming Simulator 19   
  • Final Fantasy XV   
  • Football Manager   
  • For Honor   
  • Get Packed   
  • GRID   
  • GYLT   
  • Just Dance 2020   
  • Marvel’s Avengers   
  • Metro Exodus   
  • Mortal Kombat 11   
  • NBA 2K   
  • Orcs Must Die 3   
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid   
  • Rage 2   
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider   
  • Samurai Showdown   
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider   
  • Steep   
  • Superhot   
  • The Crew 2   
  • The Elder Scrolls Online   
  • Thumper   
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition   
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint   
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege   
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist   
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2   
  • Trials Rising   
  • Watch Dogs: Legion   
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood   

Stadia Controller  

Apart from its streaming technology, Stadia also offers its own controller which belief could give the best gameplay experience. This controller has a somewhat typical design with any other controller in the market; two analog sticks, a directional pad, bumpers and available in three colors (Clearly White, Just Black and Wasabi).  

There are other different functions in the controller which is;  

  • The Share button where it enables players to instantly share their gameplay to YouTube.  
  • The Google Assistant button where it works with the controller’s built-in microphone to allow voice commands to access special in-game features.  

This controller can be purchased for $USD 69.  

Stadia Pricing  

As for the pricing options, there will be three options available;  

  • Stadia Pro: Main Stadia offering which costs $USD 9.99 per month. With this option, we will get access to unlimited gaming to Stadia’s full roster at quality up to 4K/60fps/HDR with 5.1 surround sound. Apart from that, Stadia Pro subscribers will also get discounts on the future game released as a la carte.   
  • Stadia Base: Starting next year in 2020, we will be able to buy games released on a console we don’t own by buying games a la carte as part of Stadia Base. Games could be played and run in 1080p/60fps with a stereo sound on any Chrome device including Pixel smartphone.  
  • Stadia Founders Package: As a kickstart subscription, Google also offers a bundle which includes; Night Blue controller, a 4K-supporting Chromecast Ultra, three-month Stadia Pro Subscription, first dibs on Stadia username, and a three-month Buddy Pass to give it to a friend for $USD 129.99. Plus, if you buy this, you will be among the first to play Stadia as early as this coming November 2019.  

And when Stadia launches, it will work with the following countries;  

  •  Belgium   
  • Canada   
  • Denmark   
  • France   
  • Germany   
  • Ireland   
  • Italy   
  • Netherlands   
  • Norway   
  • Spain   
  • Sweden   
  • United Kingdom   
  • United States  

Potential Problems with Stadia  

i) Latency  

Latency or ping is the time it takes for data to travel from the input device to the server and back. If latency is too high, that is when there will be a noticeable lag between when the player initiates a command and when the game responds.  

And so, low latency is what we desire when gaming. But how low does latency have to be to provide a good gaming experiences? Actually, the answer lies depending on what kind of game we’re playing. In general, a ping of 20ms (milliseconds) or lower is good for any type of game. Pings between 150ms are certainly not good.  

Coming back to the question, what latency is recommended to play Stadia? Well, Google isn’t saying about that either and that is something we need to concern about.   

ii) Internet Connection   

Playing games through Stadia will require us to work on a range of internet speeds; 35 Mbps connection to stream games at 4K 60 fps. While the bare minimum requires 10 Mbps connection for 720p 60 fps.  

Looking through these requirements, it clearly might put an obstacle to a lot of users. Take the United States as an example. Google might have all the data centers, cloud platform and internal infrastructure throughout the United States, but the quality of internet service from state to state is shockingly unreliable.  

Another thing regarding internet connection is among internet users who have a cap on how many data they can use in a month. With let us say a data cap at 500GB, we could only get around approximately 34 hours of 4K 60 fps Stadia playtime before all our data has been used up.  

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