What 2020 has in store for Google Stadia
It is fair to say that Google's initial foray into cloud-based gaming is one of the most exciting developments in the industry for many years.
Stadia received plenty of positive reviews when it was launched during November 2019, although there is still work to be done before it can truly be hailed as gaming's 'next big thing'.
Read on as take a look at what 2020 has in store for Google Stadia.
What is Google Stadia?
Google Stadia gives you the opportunity to play popular games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 via servers in the cloud.
There is nothing to install or download – you simply need a device with the capability of running a Google Chrome browser.
This can be a desktop computer, laptop, television, tablet or smartphone, making it a hugely accessible service for gamers.
If you have fibre broadband with at least 35 Mbps speed, Google Stadia can stream games at 4k resolution with HDR and 5.1 surround sound at 60fps.
Stadia is integrated with YouTube, meaning players can record or stream their gaming sessions directly onto the platform.
The technology allows for a larger number of concurrent players on a game server, with up to three times as many people able to play selected titles at the same time.
How does Google Stadia work?
Unlike console or computer-based gaming, the games on Google Stadia are rendered on remote servers based in the cloud.
The games are streamed to your chosen device and the instructions you input via your keyboard or mouse are sent back to the server.
Google Stadia has some similarities with Xbox Game Pass, with players required to buy a monthly subscription to access the game library.
The Stadia Pro subscription costs $10 per month which gives you discounts off all the popular titles and free-of-charge games from time-to-time.
A Stadia Base option will be launched during 2020 which won't have a monthly fee, but all the games will be charged at full price.
Google may revise this subscription model moving forward, with the integration of other services such us Uplay Plus one option being considered.
What games are available on Google Stadia?
The service launched with 22 games and a further four were added during December 2019. Google plans to extend the total to 44 over the course of the next year.
Action role-play, racing, fighting and sports are amongst the popular genres available, with others expected to be added as Google further develops Stadia.
For instance, many of the best online casinos are already thought to be interested in launching on Stadia, making it even easier for players to play top games like blackjack, roulette and more.
This innovation may feature the integration of Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality technology further down the line, taking online casino play to a whole new level.
The full list of games that will be made available on Google Stadia during 2020 is as follows:
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Marvel's Avengers *
- Baldur's Gate III *
- Borderlands 3
- The Crew 2 *
- Cyberpunk 2077 *
- Darksiders Genesis
- Destiny 2
- Destroy All Humans! *
- Doom *
- Doom Eternal *
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- The Elder Scrolls Online (2020)
- Farming Simulator 19
- Final Fantasy XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Get Packed *
- Gods and Monsters *
- Just Dance 2020
- Metro Exodus
- Monster Energy Supercross *
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K20
- Orcs Must Die 3 *
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid *
- Rage 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Samurai Shodown
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Superhot *
- Tom Clancy's The Division 2 *
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Trials Rising
- Untitled Q-Games game *
- Watch Dogs: Legion (April 2020)
- Windjammers 2 *
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
* Release date to be confirmed
What do I need to play Google Stadia?
You can play Google Stadia if you pre-ordered the Founder's Edition bundle or by buying the Premiere Edition bundle from the Google Store.
A code is needed to access Stadia which is sent with your bundle. It must be redeemed within one year of shipment to redeem the three-month trial of Stadia Pro.
A Stadia Controller and Google Chromecast Ultra are required for play on television and the system requires Wi-Fi on all devices.
At least 35 Mbps connection is recommended for 4K play, while 10 Mbps connection is sufficient for HD play.
Stadia Controller requires a Wi-Fi network and a mobile device running Android 6.0, iOS 11 or later, or Marshmallow or later.
Chromecast Ultra requires Wi-Fi, a TV with an HDMI port and a compatible Android or iOS mobile device.
Do I need to buy a controller to use Stadia?
Google Stadia supports numerous different controllers plus a keyboard and mouse set-up, but to get the most out of the service the Stadia controller is the way to go.
The controller costs just $69 each and are available in range of different colours including Wasabi, Just Black and Clearly White.
The controllers use Wi-Fi to connect to the streamed game and feature a similar layout to Sony's popular DualShock 4 controller.
There are also two additional buttons which allow you to activate Google Assistant or capture footage of your gameplay. The specifications for the Stadia controller are as follows:
- Wi-Fi: Dual-band (2.4GHz / 5GHz) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac connectivity
- Bluetooth Low Energy 4.2 (BLE)
- 3.5mm headset jack for headsets with or without a microphone
- 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 button to trigger microphone
- Quick access to image and video capture
- Internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Google Stadia – The Verdict
If you have reliable fibre broadband and no cap on your bandwidth, Google Stadia is a great alternative to console or computer gaming. There are still improvements that can be made to Stadia, but as a first venture into the world of cloud-based gaming Google have a set a pretty high benchmark.