If you've been wondering Stadia's next Connect event would be going down, it's sooner than you think. Much sooner, in fact, as the Stadia official Twitter page just announced that it would be happening on August 19, just before Gamescom. This actually makes perfect sense, as the first Stadia Connect happened on June 6 which was just days before E3 this year.
Gamescom is another big video game convention and Google hinted at there being another Connect before the launch of the service in November. In fact that leaves plenty of time for yet another Stadia Connect to pop up before the launch as well as there will still be more than two months in between when the one coming this month ends and the launch of the service begins.
All that said this latest Stadia Connect will be streamed live on the official Stadia YouTube channel just like the last one and although the dates for its arrival weren't mentioned at the time, "sooner than you think" is a phrase that was used by Stadia's Director of Product Andrey Doronichev during the first official Stadia AMA that took place on Reddit last month after someone asked when the next event would be.
As to what the new Connect event will include, the Stadia team hasn't given much in the way of details. The stream will be happening at 10AM Pacific Standard Time so it'll be a morning event for anyone in the US and on the West coast.
There's a pretty good chance that Google will talk about additional games for the service as well as new game studio/publisher partners that are joining the ranks of those that have already been confirmed. It's also possible that Google will announce some currently unavailable information, like the exact launch date of the Stadia Base service that is due for a release in 2020.
What potential consumers who are interested in Stadia will probably want to see most though, is Stadia's user interface. People in Stadia's social threads and in the AMA have been curious about what the UI will look like on the Pixel 3 line of devices as well as on the Chromecast Ultra when connected to a TV or monitor. Up till now Google hasn't shared any imagery of the Stadia UI, so there has been a lot of questions as to whether or not it will be intuitive and easy to navigate.
Another burning question on everyone's minds is what devices beyond the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a will be compatible with the service. When it comes to smartphones, initially the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a will be the only four phones that you can use to play games through Stadia, but Google has assured customers that it's working on expanding that list, though it will be happening sometime after launch and probably not until next year.
Still, next year is a wide open time window and anyone who doesn't own a Pixel 3 or 3a and wants to play games on their phone may hold off on buying into the service until they know exactly when they can play Stadia games on the go. If you're going to be at Gamescom, Google will have a Stadia booth up and running where you'll be able to get hands-on time with the service so you can see how games will play.
Let's do it again. On 8/19, #StadiaConnect is back and bigger than ever. Tune in at 10AM PDT / 7PM CEST for all the details – then come get hands-on with the future of gaming for yourself at our #Gamescom booth! https://t.co/dKmKakQeQp pic.twitter.com/H0ILSxki8r
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) August 6, 2019