In November, Google’s adventure in the world of gaming is going to start with their Stadia, the cloud service that promises to revolutionize the traditional experience that we have had until now in the field of video games. This service, as we said, is cloud-based and it will work effortlessly on various types of devices, getting rid of the reliance on hardware that needs to be updated, for example with new PCs or consoles to buy as it always happens with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. You don’t have to rely on fate, like winning at the NJ online casinos, to understand that there is a frantic expectation about the launch of Stadia on the part of both gamers and professionals.
For a service that is defined as the beginning of a new era of cloud-based games, the marketing strategy that is leading to the release of Stadia however has been quite strange so far, to say the least. There have been many things that were not clear in the initial disclosure, and it seems that Google has begun to devote much time to clarifying some controversial issues.
One of the things that the technology giant wanted to clarify is that Stadia will present the opportunity to play multiplayer online for free. During a StadiaCast, Stadia’s head of product, John Justice, wanted to make sure that people were aware of this, stating that there will be no paywall for online features once you buy a game for Stadia. That’s exactly what’s already happening today on PC, while on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch online services require payment of an additional fee.
However, we would like to remind everyone that access to Google Stadia services will be free of charge or for a fee. The Stadia Pro package will guarantee top audio and video performance. It will also include free games (at the moment, however, only Destiny 2 has been announced) and discounts on the game catalog. If you have a powerful enough connection, there will be the possibility to play with the really top performance that is 4K resolution, 60 frames per second, implementation of HDR and 5.1 surround sound.
There will also be a free Stadia Base, which will allow you to buy single games, but will not give you access to the top performance (in fact, at most you will get 1080p resolution and stereo audio) and will be without free games and discounts on games in the catalog.
Google has already announced a long list of titles that will be available on Stadia without specifying whether they will be part of the initial package or they will arrive later. Probably, from the first day of launch, we’ll be able to try games that have been released for some time on PCs and consoles such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, DOOM, Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and many others.
Very few exclusives have been announced to date. In fact, there are only a handful of productions coming exclusively to Stadia and they are represented by Orcs Must Die 3 and GYLT, two titles that are certainly interesting but far from the status of triple A games.