AT&T appears to be using Stadia tech to offer a streaming version of Batman: Arkham Knight. A popular game from WB Games and Rocksteady featuring DC’s dark and brooding billionaire from Gotham City. Earlier this year it was announced that Google would eventually begin using Stadia tech to fuel game streaming endeavors of other companies. It seems that time is here now.
According to a report from 9To5Google, AT&T’s Batman: Arkham Knight demo is streaming thanks to Google Stadia technology in the background. This doesn’t mean Stadia as a standalone service is necessarily going anywhere. But it does showcase how serious Google is about using Stadia as the backbone for game streaming through other companies.
To play the game through AT&T, you’ll need to be an AT&T wireless customer and login to your account on a Chrome browser or Edge browser via desktops or laptops.
Stadia isn’t mentioned anywhere in the AT&T Batman: Arkham Knight demo
It’s worth noting that Stadia isn’t mentioned anywhere on the demo page where you can stream the game. You’ll find the AT&T logo, along with AT&T in the URL. But, nothing about Google or Stadia anywhere. At least nothing in regards to marketing materials, and nothing that mentions the Google or Stadia names.
But as 9To5Google points out, you connect to Google’s servers after you hit the play button. And there’s even a reference to Cloudcast. Cloudcast may not sound like much at first, however, this is one of the ways that Google internally refers to some of its Stadia tech.
Some of the designs match up exactly with the Stadia UI when you access the Stadia service from the browser too. For instance, the “press and hold escape to exit full screen mode” is exactly how it looks when you hit the play button on Stadia’s website to start streaming a game.
Even the survey you get from Google after you stop playing pops up on the AT&T website for this demo. Asking the same question. If you feel like testing out the game for yourself, you can access the demo from this link here. As mentioned above though, you do have to be an AT&T Wireless customer, and it doesn’t work on smartphones.