What is google Stadia?
Stadia is one of the newest cloud streaming platforms for gaming, priced at $10 per month. the hype around google’s long anticipated gaming platform; is now almost non-existent.
Yes, there are plenty of other alternative gaming platforms. But why has the hype died off?
1Stadia cloud gaming has made its service free and a two month pro trial
Recently, during the corona virus, Google has decided to offer a two month pro trial to any gamer out there. Also made its base tier free, so you can play free video games online. And gamers have been using this service. Destiny 2 has seen a recent spike in popularity on the platform.
The hype around it is gently starting to pick up and the stadia community is slowly starting to rise. Who knows google might just shake the gaming industry.
How stadia works?
games are computed in google’s data farms and streamed directly to your screen, browser, mobile. it’s a digital storefront run by Google where you can buy individual games.
It’s a really determined new gaming service, and it aimed to be the Netflix of gaming. Did I mention you can play games anywhere. The flexibility of gaming on many devices sounds really attractive. Right?
Some gamers may find this enhances gaming experience for your convenience. The remote server in this case stadia’s nodes, does all of the heavy work, while your computer just receives the video and audio information.
Whilst, sending input commands, I.E. your keyboard or controller to the remote. Then you could use the wireless controller, and the 5.1 surround sound or the generic stereo sound for added comfort and for a true 4K gaming experience.
What can this gaming streaming platform achieve?
well, google Stadia’s streaming service promises to achieve 4K HDR/60 FPS graphics, as well as provide a smooth stream session, this was on launch, not so much now after early adopters claimed the hardware heats up.
Furthermore, google allows an option for a “buddy pass” which gives your friends access to google stadia to play any of the video game’s available. Only recently have they added the 5.1 surround sound for Web. And only recently have they given players 2 months free.
what can we use to control games
The dedicated Stadia controller isn’t required to play on Google Stadia. But if you want to play Stadia the way Google intended, you can buy a Google Stadia controller for $69 / £59 each.
The colours currently on offer include Clearly White, Just Black, Wasabi (the clear front-runner at the moment), or the Night Blue colorway included exclusively in the Founder’s Edition.
This is the way the wireless controller works – Stadia controller use your WiFi network to connect directly with whatever game is being streamed from Google’s servers, with the classic dual joystick, D-pad, face button, and shoulder button layout resembling the DualShock 4 controller.
Google stadia allows you to share video footage to other players
It also has two additional buttons which let you easily capture footage or activate the Google Assistant.
Once you’ve got a supported controller and a screen to play on, you’re all set to use Google Stadia – no console or additional wires required. So, can Stadia become the latest style of gaming?
Will it revolutionise the way we play? Or will it collapse into another one of google’s never ending list of failures like the google glass.
Here is a little background information on Google.
Firstly, google has estimated more than 2.5 million servers diversified across the globe. They worked really well in growing this number to support what they already have.
An estimation by Wevier, suggests Nvidia owns more than 500,000 servers.
So google owns roughly 4900% more than its largest competitor. In comparison, Microsoft who own Xbox have reported, roughly 900,000 servers. Have a look at this chart for more understanding.
But, why is this important? Well, having plenty of servers significantly increases the possibility of one being close to you – and reduces the digital load at which servers need to compute data, still benefiting you.
Therefore, reduces response time and latency – the delay before data reaches its destination, affected by many factors.
However, it also depends on the quality of the servers being used. As we are talking about google, they are well known to have a high standard of computational processing.
We can clearly see this when we do a keyword search and google filters all the relevant information for us, from the vast amount of data there is on the internet.
This requires plenty of processing power. But, you are probably wondering if they can handle gaming like Geforce Now and project stream.
Here is the technical side of google Stadia – inside the hardware.
SSD cloud storage for rapid deployment of games.16GB of RAM with up to 484GB/S of performance.custom AMD GPU with HBM2 memory and 56 compute units capable of 11 teraflops.custom 2.7 GHZ Hyperthreaded x86 CPU with AVx2 SIMD and 9.5MB L2 and L3 cache.
In comparison, these specs are are not as good as geforce now’s hardware. However, Stadia relies on proprietary technology to enhance game play and the gaming experience – essentially reduces latency to the smallest possible number, similar to a console.
In simple terms – Lag time should be at its lowest possible value. Stadia was meant for a really large multiplayer game in one single gaming session – i’m talking games that have more than 1000 players. Hence the name “stadia”.
What I thought whilst testing stadia out
Whilst i was connected to my nearest node, i tested this out on a big TV this seemed well and truly believable, like the actual gaming unit was in my house.
Whilst fondling with stadia, I found the streaming quality was ever so smooth. Using 4K, the image sharpness was excellent, in fact it was the best i have ever seen in comparison to geforce now and rainway.
I had a reliable internet connection and an internet speed of 100mbps with a fantastic wi-fi network. I was streaming games like: assassin’s creed, tom Clancy’s ghost recon and my favourite, red dead redemption on there platform and google suggests a minimum internet speed of 35mbps.
And the best thing is there “video game streaming platform really works”. On the other hand, Nvidia allows you to tap into a really powerful computing cloud, the downside is, latency is visible on big screens whilst playing games.
What type of gamers use geforce now?
That is why Geforce now is aimed at professional gamers. You decide what category you fall in to. But, Geforce now has more experience in this field, as they specialise in gaming.
Neither of them are a console but what cloud gaming network really works for you? Furthermore, currently, there is a limited choice of devices you can play on.
Here is a list of devices that currently support Stadia on release.
Desktops and Laptops.
Mac – Requires macOS X 10.9 and higher.
PC – Requires Windows 7 and higher – chrome web broswer.
TV – Requires Google Chromecast or chromecast ultra Tablets – Requires Google Chrome.
mobile device – smartphone Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3a some other android phones. Supported at Launch.
Which video games did google release
On launch, Stadia only had a few gaming titles, which was certainly less appealing to many of the players out there.
Most of you gamers are looking for AAA games or games you will generally find on steam.
Furthermore, it was only available in a few countries, they are slowly expanding.
You just have to be patient and wait, if it’s not in your country. during launch they released there premium addition, but it feels like a beta trial.
Here is a list of current games that are supported on google
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Borderlands 3
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Darksiders Genesis
- Destiny 2: The Collection
- Destroy All Humans!
- DOOM Eternal
- DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2
- Farming Simulator 19
- FINAL FANTASY XV
- Football Manager 2020
- Get Packed
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Gods & Monsters
- Just Dance 2020
- Lost Words: Beyond the Page
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Metro Exodus
- Mortal Kombat 11
- NBA 2K20
- Orcs Must Die! 3
- Panzer Dragoon
- Rage 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- SAMURAI SHODOWN
- Serious Sam Collection
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks)
- The Crew 2
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Turing Test
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Trials Rising
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Windjammers 2
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
what early adopters had to say about google’s cloud gaming
They never released all the games they promised and the price was slightly premium for what poor value it gave.
One adopter added “they claimed a premiere edition that feels sub par” In addition many gamers want AAA game titles to truly immerse themselves in the gaming experience.
In addition, google promised exclusive games to major competitors like Xbox but the games they released aren’t exactly “exclusive” for there pro subscription.
In contrast to major competitors like playstation now or Geforce now. One problem i encountered was stadia doesn’t work on the go, something that i was ambitious to try out.
That said i highly doubt it has anything to do with google, it is most likely down to such poor wi-fi network i was connecting to, around public areas.
And, google promised free games or proportionally discounted video games on there service – far from what gamers have seen.
The actual Stadia experience felt incomplete with missing features. Similarly, internet speeds had to be really strong with a sufficient bandwidth.
Unfortunately as a gamer, this is extremely disappointing and google’s customer service seems to be objectionable. Furthermore, the hype that was once around google stadia has died off, but seems to be picking up again after they released the free two months.
But what about gaming developers?
Another issue and a major concern developers have – Google might just give up on Stadia at some point and kill the streaming platform, as it has done with so many other services over the years – which was brought up repeatedly by many developers.
Developers have said Google didn’t offer enough money
And developers have made clear that google offered a substantially low incentive, that there isn’t any point in partnering up.
What I think.
I would just like to to end on this note; it is clear that the technology behind stadia is compelling, however, there is lots of areas for improvement. Google really needs to improve in many areas. So my personal opinion is I think they have lots of potential and will soon be on top of the game