December 8, 2019

Google Stadia : Everything You need to know about the latest Cloud-based Gaming Platform

What is Google Stadia ?


Google Stadia is a cloud-based gaming platform that requires no
gaming console and can be played on your desktop, laptop, phone or TV at
4K resolution provided it supports the Google Chrome browser or
Chromecast.


How much is it?


Nothing! Stadia Base will require no subscription and allows you to play
games in 1080p resolution at 60fps. But for $9.99, you can opt for a Stadia Pro
subscription, letting you play games at 4K resolution and access to an
expanding list of free games.


What games will be on Stadia?


At launch, Google has confirmed these title for both Stadia Base and
Stadia Pro:

  • • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • • Just Dance 2020
  • • Kine
  • • GYLT (Google Stadia Exclusive)
  • • Mortal Kombat 11
  • • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • • Thumper
  • • Tomb Raider
  • • Rise of The Tomb Raider
  • • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • • Samurai Shodown

What’s the catch?


At launch, Stadia Pro game lineup will only have Destiny 2 for free and
other games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mortal Kombat 11, will have
to be purchased separately regardless of subscription.
Furthermore, Stadia Base will not be available at launch date coupled
with limited availability for mobile devices as it only supports Google’s Pixel
lineup at launch.


Won’t there be latency?


None! Or so they say. Google is testing out what it’s calling “Negative
Latency”, which is a fancy term for predictive input, to minimize latency. But
so far, a user has stated that Stadia’s control still feels unresponsive.


This sounds familiar…


And you would be correct, cloud-based gaming has been around
before. In 2011, another cloud-based gaming platform by the name of
Onlivewas released, promising players amazing graphics and buttery smooth
graphics from just your Internet. Onlive was on its way to crush console
gaming! Until it wasn’t.


While the technology was amazing, it wasn’t anything groundbreaking
or new. Paired with inconsistent latency and limited access to your gaming
library, Onlive wasn’t exactly the console killer it was made out to be.
Should I make the switch to Stadia?


Maybe. Beside Onlive, no other company has really tried cloud-based
gaming on this scale before. This is also Google’s first attempt at delving into
the gaming world. Leaving users excited while also skeptical at the power of
Stadia. My recommendation that you should wait to see if Google Stadia is
really what they made it out to be.

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