Google Stadia Preview
Google Stadia Preview
A lot has come to the fore regarding the price, date of launch and games compatible with Google Stadia in the recent days.Google Stadia is a platform that lets you stream triple-A titles such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV. We have collected everything that you need to know about this upcoming platform including the latest news, date of release, price, games and much more, At E3 2019, we had the wonderful opportunity to go hands-on with Google Stadia. This post provides you all the insight related to Google Stadia including price, latest news, release information and plenty of other stuff from the streaming service.
Hands-on at E3 2019
Google Stadia is a stunningly remarkable technology, portraying a streaming future that no boundaries. Having said that, it is also a microcosm of the hordes of issues that continue to test our resolve when it comes to the streaming platform. The company does not envision a future consisting of consoles of equipment but a gaming experience where all the stuff takes place in the cloud.Google cannot be held at fault here but Stadia, as an emerging technology, has already made an indelible mark on the sands of time. It is planned to be released in November, 2019 but there are myriad glitches that need to be gotten rid of to ensure that the consumers have a rollicking time with this streaming service.
I got the opportunity to play DOOM ETERNAL on Stadia for about half an hour at E3 2019. It was being run at 1080p on a Chromebook and was being broadcast to a larger display placed right in front of me.The data center from which the gameplay was being drawn was stationed in San Francisco as I sat in a cosy sitting room in Downtown Los Angeles. These were probably the best conditions one could ask for so I was hoping for the Google Stadia to perform at its best as well.
Despite the DOOM Eternal being appropriately playable in such conditions, I would never go for it in place of the inherent equipment that offers to promise uninterrupted performance and minimal latency throughout the gameplay. Starting with the tutorial, the aiming felt seamless, particularly living upto my expectations from a console or PC being in the room. Headshots were convenient to conjure while navigating across the room without any problems.
Having said that, when it comes to the image quality, one cannot observe the same responsiveness which turned out to be inconsistent more often than not. While the camera was turning, the surroundings appeared to be muddy and tech such as Google Stadia definitely targeted to draw in the image at 1080p resolution. I had already played DOOM Eternal on a sophisticated system and there was daylight between my experiences on the two platforms. This leaves us wondering why would someone owning a high quality modern day console of peripherals opt for Google Stadia?
One tends to associated performance hitting the 60fps benchmark when it comes to the id Software’s shooter series but here it left a lot to be desired.
This will make it harder for the player to keep moving in the mayhem of a combat or completely get an air of the monsters encircling you. I was wondering if Google Stadia was a better option for slower placed genres such as platformers and action-adventure experiences, but with something similar to DOOM Eternal, visual and performance quality has to be top notch. In my hands-on experience, this is certainly not what I got!
Google Stadia Controller Preview
Amidst all my apprehensions associated with Google Stadia, the controller was simply magnificent. The amazing thumbstick and button layout in the design makes it easier to use. The buttons respond with an appeasing compression as each instruction is flawlessly carried out with or without delay.Thumbsticks are quite remarkable and allow the player the luxury to issue nimble responses in shooters such as DOOM Eternal. I was not able to use the d-pad but it certainly seems to be a decent gadget and should be a pretty nice option for the games that support it.
In addition to the conventional embellishments, there are buttons for different functions such as Start, Select, Google Assistant and Gameplay Capture/Streaming. The developers seem to have taken an inspiration from the modern controller designs while adding their own creativity and have been successful in coming up with an intuitive controller. There has been news coming from Google that the controller will provide support for other consoles and devices too if you are attracted by the design and want to purchase one.
As discussed earlier, Google Stadia has plenty of undiscovered capability and I am of the opinion that it is a bit early in the world of on-demand streaming for it to really make it big at this stage.
I would be more than happy if I am proven wrong towards the end of this year but having tried out DOOM Eternal in optimal conditions not living upto my expectations, makes me skeptical.
Google Stadia Price and Games
Even before the E3 2019, Google provided lots of in-depth information about Google Stadia during its Connect livestream which can be viewed here. If you are not interested in watching the video, we have summed up all the requisite information in the post here.
Date of release
Google has scheduled Google Stadia to be launched in November, 2019 simultaneously in 14 countries including the US, Canada and the UK. The 4K streaming subscription fee for this year is £8.99 per month for Stadia Pro but in 2020 Google is planning to come up with a Base subscription that will be free to stream games in full HD. The free model, however, will make the consumers purchase the games separately without any access to the library of older games that are part of the Stadia Pro.
What really is Google Stadia?
Google Stadia is a new gaming and streaming platform which lets you play modern AAA titles without requiring any high-end console. Simply by paying a nominal subscription fee, you will be able to stream video games such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Destiny 2 on your Google Pixel 3 smartphone, laptop, desktop or any other handheld mobile device.The bulky processing will be carried out by the computers in the cloud and your device will be converted into a simple display screen. This means that Google Stadia will be compatible with upto 4K resolution at 60fps at its release and it has plans to provide support for 8K and 120fps in the coming days, even if you have a device that would hardly support Pong.
In order to make it work, Google is employing its massive infrastructure of data centers to ensure that a server is always as close to the player as possible. Google envisages to provide people with the opportunity that lets them jump into the trailer of a game and start playing it by simply pressing play without requiring any download, patch, update or any other such concoction.
Google Stadia Price
Google Stadia Pro subscription fee is £8.99 per month that lets you stream games upto 4K at 60fps. You will also be able to access a library of older games but the latest games will have to be bought separately. You will be able to access the Destiny 2: The Collection with Stadia Pro thogh.The gaming and streaming service could be accessed free of cost with the launch of Google Stadia Base in 2020 with the resolution restricted to Full HD at 60fps. Moreover, there will also be cap on the sound quality as you will not be getting surround sound and will have to be satisfied with stereo sound. Similarly, you will not be able to access the game library so every game will have to be purchased separately.
You will also have the option of buying the Stadia Founder’s Edition which includes first time access to Stadia, includes the Chromecast Ultra to stream Stadia right to your TV, a sophisticated Night Blue Stadia Controller alongside a three month subscription to Stadia Pro for yourself and your dear one. Controller can be purchased separately as well for £59 out of the three different colors available: Clearly white, just black and Wasabi.
Google Stadia Games
A long list of games was announced by Google that will be available on Google Stadia. A wide range of support will be provided by third party developers.
Here are some of the salient games:
• Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
• Baldur’s Gate 3
• Ghost Recon Breakpoint
• DOOM Eternal
• The Division 2
• Destiny 2
• Tomb Raider Trilogy
• Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
• Wolfenstein: Youngblood
• Metro Exodus
• Football Manager 2020
• Just Dance 2020
• Rage 2
• The Elder Scrolls Online
• Borderlands 3
• Final Fantasy XV
More games were confirmed during the E3 2019 and will be announced later.
Google Stadia Specifications
Google Stadia is essentially a cloud gaming streaming service so you will not be able to witness the massive infrastructure playing havoc with the pixels on your display screen but the machines are truly real and have a serious sting in them. They are loaded with a 2.7GHz x86 processor with 16GB RAM but Google has also collaborated with AMD for customized GPUs which have 10.7 teraflops of power.
Keeping in view that Xbox One X, the most sophisticated console out there, can only support 6 teraflops. In this context, it is not easy to conjecture on exactly how well it will perform as teraflops are not synonymous with performance but it certainly shows that there is some oomph related with the entire infrastructure.Doom Eternal is one game that is coming to the platform and will be available in 4K resolution at 60fps and HDR. According to Google, Stadia will be compatible with cross platform multiplayer so you will also be competing against players on PS4, Switch or Xbox variations as well.
Google has clarified that Stadia is not your console but the company has conjured a custom gamepad. At the outside, it appears similar to an Xbox gamepad but the developer had drawn our attention to crucial buttons that seem to provide a clue at Google’s vision for the future. The capture button immediately shares with YouTube via a live stream while the Google Assistant button opens an integrated microphone for help and special features within games.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai while introducing Stadia said that it would be similar to the way the conventional internet works. You can share a link and it works flawlessly. He said that this was precisely the way Google envisaged the video games to work: immediately enjoyable and accessible to everyone.Google has also shared its range of resolution and discussed the internet connection that you will be needing for each resolution. A 1080p resolution will require a download speed of 20Mbps while the 4K resolution will need an internet download speed of 30Mbps.
10Mbps is the minimum download speed recommended by Google which should be available with most of the domestic WiFi networks. Move onto the Google Stadia website and you will be able to test your internet connection speed to determine if it is compatible with the gaming streaming service or not.If you are excited about the google Stadia, let us know by dropping a comment in the comments section below.