Google has finally stepped back into the spotlight to highlight the finer points of Google Stadia. During their Stadia Connect, they uncovered the connection speeds needed, the new games joining Stadia, and a very tempting price point. More within…
Three months ago, Google announced their game-changing cloud-based video game service, Google Stadia. The reveal saw seamless gaming across PCs, Mobile Phones, Tablets, and Televisions all in 4K HDR quality. However, while the tech was nicely represented, we were left with a lot of questions.
Today, Google took the stage once again to quell any fears with their new update series, Stadia Connect. Their first Connect saw VP & GM of Google, Phil Harrison, take the stage to review what we already knew about Google Stadia, before giving way to a multitude of new video game announcements.
Here are the games coming to Stadia:
Baldur’s Gate III by Larian Studios – Larian Studios, the studio behind Divinity: Original Sin 2, is diving into the Underdark to bring us the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate III and it looks like the Mind Flayer invasion is upon us. Larian plans on using D&D 5th Edition for the foundation of the game and plans to stay true to it.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint by Ubisoft –This is no place for the weak. Take on the Wolves when Ghost Recon Breakpoint launches October 4. Features the uber cool Stream Connect feature that allows you to see others screens.
Gylt by Tequila Works – Exclusive to Stadia. Introducing Gylt, a haunting single player puzzle adventure game where you must help Sally navigate a surprising world in the search for her missing cousin Emily.
Get Packed by Coatsink – Packing up your stuff has never been this difficult…and fun! Prepare for the ultimate co-op game with ridiculous physics and up to four player carnage. Arriving 2020.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Destiny 2 – The Collection by Bungie – With Destiny 2: The Collection, players can experience the full breadth of the Destiny world and its responsive first-person shooter combat. Explore rich worlds with sweeping vistas and stunning visuals, and earn an arsenal of powerful weapons and armor. Bring your personalized Guardian into a large variety of activities and modes – from cooperative quests, competitive modes, challenging endgame activities, and more.
As the description suggests, Destiny 2 on Google Stadia will allow gamers to bring all 3 of their customized Guardians from console or PC to Stadia. It’s a monumental achievement in crossplay that’s only been seen on Stadia, thus far.
In addition to game announcements, Google also took the time to explain what kind of connection you’d need to use Google Stadia. For the most high quality experience, 35mbps will net you 4K HDR 60fps with 5.1 Surround Sound. However, that is the minority. A majority of us have much slower internet than 35mbps. Knowing that, Google found a way to make Stadia playable for gamers with 10mbps speeds. You won’t get 4K HDR but you will get 720p with Stereo quality sound.
As for price, Google Stadia will run in three different forms:
Stadia Pro – $9.99 per month – Highest-quality games will be uploaded to your Google Stadia library every month, at no extra cost.
Stadia Base – Free – A la carte edition where you buy the games you want to play.
Stadia Founder’s Edition – $129 – Limited Time Edition where you get First Access to Stadia, Chromecast Ultra to connect to your TV, Night Blue Controller, 3 month Pro Access for you and a friend, first dibs on a Stadia name, and the entire Destiny 2 Collection.
Stadia is currently only available in 14 different countries with more to follow soon.
No release date has been confirmed but it’s looking like Google Stadia may debut in November 2019.