As the broadband internet is available even in many third world countries, that also meant that gaming had changed a lot. You don’t need to go outside and tried to find your copy of newest Mario or Forza game, as you can do that digitally. With a decent internet connection, you can download even the most massive games in a matter of hours. Sound great, but Google says that it’s not enough. What if you could play any game without downloading, or playing them on your old PC. Thanks to Google Stadia, this might become a reality.
Still, Stadia is not a new concept. Years before there were clouding platforms like OnLive which spectacularly failed. Google claims this time, things will be different and promises streaming game at 60 frames per second in 4K resolution. The user only needs Google Chrome and a fast internet connection to start playing. It needs to be said that Stadia doesn’t function the same way as Netflix, for example.
While the video streaming services give you access to all content, you’ll still need to buy games in Stadia before you can play them. So, no free online games here. There are also two levels of service that will be offered. The base level is free, meaning you can play your games whenever you like, without a subscription model. The alternative is the Pro level which will cost you around $10 per month. This options will give you higher streaming rates, free games, and discounts on other games. There are also plans to offer publisher subscription. For example, you’ll be able to play all Ubisoft games for a monthly fee.
Of course, there are still questions that might put the future of this service into jeopardy. The software support is currently lacking, though there is enough to change that before the launch of Stadia in 2020. There are a lot of impressive games on the list, including Marvel’s Avengers, Baldur’s Gate III, Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Mortal Kombat 11, NBA 2K20, Tomb Raider Trilogy and many more.
Most of the developers are still waiting to see the initial reactions before they decide to join in. Of course, it’s noticeable that all supported games are available only on PC. Stadia won’t allow you to play Super Mario Odyssey, Gears of War 5, or God of War. The other possible problem is latency.
No matter how fast your internet connection is, you will still experience it. While that might not be a problem in slower-paced games and even in most of the single-player experiences, that won’t be the case in first-person shooters, best teen sex games, fighting or sports games. Google developed a controller designed to reduce input latency, but no one knows will it be successful in its mission. It looks like Google Stadia will be geared toward casual gamers that want to pick and play. For hardcore gamers, Stadia looks like an interesting novelty, but not much more than that.