Google Stadia solves some problems, but creates just as many

Google Stadia solves some problems, but creates just as many

Google Stadia solves some problems, but creates just as many

The Founders Edition bundle also includes a full copy of Destiny 2 as a bundled game (ed: thought I understand Destiny 2 is about to go Free-To-Play), along with whatever games are available as part of the regular Pro subscription. Well, not the platform as such, but all the details of Google's streaming service. You can also access Stadia via a Chromecast dongle that is connected to your HDTV. What price is dignity? This version will support up to 4K resolution, 60FPS, will allow gamers to buy whenever they want, Stadia-Pro exclusive discounts, and additional free games regularly.

Google finally revealed details like pricing and the tech specs required to play games on Stadia.

While there was some speculation that Google would adopt a Netflix-like model for Stadia, letting people stream unlimited games for a fixed amount per month, the service will initially operate in a more traditional manner, letting people purchase titles individually, then stream them to whichever device they'd like.

You will be able to use Stadia on computers in Chrome, TVs (with a Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia controller), and smartphones - but at launch it's only going to be available on the Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a and 3a XL. You'll still need a fairly decent internet package for it, mind, but in the United Kingdom at least, it's certainly not one of the more astronomically expensive ones. Stadia, though, will let followers of You Tube Creators (another term for streamers or influencers) instantly buy a game the Creator is talking about.

In Stadia Base, the game title streaming will be capped at 1080p and stereo sound.

Google says it'll be one user per Stadia account, tied to your Google ID-you can have a guest account for splitscreen, but other than that, no sharing.

Those speeds might not be staggering but what sets Stadia apart is that you'll need to be connected to even run the game, not just to connect to some server for authentication or leaderboard data.

Are you excited for Stadia?

One of the promotions for the launch is a new "Stadia Founder's Edition" bundle. After all, we saw Sony push game streaming from a local console in the past, and it was hamstrung by official support only appearing for Sony mobile devices.

Using Google's data centers in more than 200 countries, Stadia promises to deliver 10.7 teraflops of GPU power to play games in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Digital Foundry tested Stadia and found it has about twice the latency - 166 milliseconds versus 79 milliseconds - that players experience when playing games on a PC. Now, it's time to check if our Internet connection is enough for Stadia. You would have to pay for titles separately (Except for the Founder's Edition mentioned above). Google is also emphasizing that apps will not be reserved to its own devices so Stadia on Apple TV / Smart TVs is entirely within the realm of possibility.

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