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    All you need to know about Google Stadia (Prices, games...)

    All you need to know about Google Stadia (Prices, games...)

    In recent years, while the video game market is split between the 3 historic builders Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, a new challenger is entering. And not least because it is Google with its Google Stadia cloud gaming service. After a few announcements that made the effect of an earthquake in the video game sphere, let's sum up together the service of the American giant who relies with a formula, remember: 100% digital. So revolution in the way we consume the video game or missed inevitable?


    Google Stadia History

    Beginning about 3 years ago under the code name of "Project Yeti" and then "Project Stream", Google Stadia ended up being formalized by the firm on March 19, 2019. The web giant has no experience in the world of gaming announces a revolutionary service based solely on video game streaming. The promise ? Allow anyone in the world to connect to their account from any compatible device and play in the best possible conditions.

    No need for consoles or PC towers to several thousand euros, Google and its services offer you the best possible quality in play against a single subscription of € 9.99 per month. Even better, a free offer will also be there and you will need only a controller and a compatible device without leaving the wallet or almost. Stadia wants to be accessible to the greatest number.

    This solution is not new and already exists with services such as Shadow (cloud computing) or Nvidia GeForce Now. Only Google can rely on excessive power (other than its wallet) to be adopted players: its servers. Because the whole principle of the service rests solely on the capacity of the servers to send you all the necessary data via your Internet connection without slowing down. And with Google having an impressive server park around the world, it is looking forward to taking advantage of its lead over other competitors to dominate the market.

    Google Stadia feature

    The system is designed to shoot in 1080p (Full HD) and 4K (UHD). Phil Harrison has announced that the current system could develop a power of 10.7 teraflops. Compared to the current consoles, the Xbox One X is 6 teraflops and the PlayStation 4 Pro 4.7 teraflops. These two are still less powerful than the service of Google.

    The servers will be regularly updated on the Stadia side and the firm is already working on preparing for the future by stating the 8K, although the 4K offer is not yet fully developed. For the moment, 1080 and 4K will be provided with 60 FPS and HDR support.

    If on paper all this is very promising, a single factor can prevent you from enjoying all the power announced: your internet connection. Because the requested rates will not necessarily be accessible to everyone, even if Google has really worked on it to optimize and not necessarily need the fiber to take advantage of its offer. A minimum of 10 Mbps will still be required to display 720p in 60 FPS.

    Google has put online a tool that lets you know if your connection is sufficient or not to enjoy the best conditions possible.

    Who is Google Stadia for?

    If the reception of the service could cringe some teeth on the side of the players and the community "history" of the video game, it is clear that the developers see a very powerful solution and whose benefits can be numerous: multiplicity of platforms, instant access to several games in one click, performance at the top constantly thanks to the evolution of the servers, content available immediately and without update, etc.

    In an ultra connected world where everyone wants to have access to everything, right away, Stadia wants to break out of the game and offer this facility to its users. You will be able to simply play during your lunch break, on the bus or on vacation 7000 km from your home.

    If a permanent connection will of course be mandatory, difficult to imagine that the under 30 are not constantly connected, Wi-Fi or 4G. Because it is the main target of the US giant and the arrival of 5G in the current 2020 in the world should consolidate Stadia in its planning.

    And while many players still attach importance to the versions of boxes and collectors of their favorite games, studies show that the number of dematerialized content in favor of the physical drive is gaining ground. The new (and younger) generation do not seem to want to bother with piles of records, boxes and other notices at home and the offer from Google fits perfectly in the ropes.

    If older players make fun of this way of consuming their favorite media, big builders take Google very seriously. Sony and Microsoft had reached a historic agreement on the topics of Azur cloud servers that would serve cloud-gaming solutions of two "sworn enemies". Nintendo also moved closer to Microsoft by accepting several licenses and discussing future solutions.

    If we are still far from a 3-way alliance against Stadia, it is clear that the market is changing and that the famous manufacturers do not want to miss the next generation train.

    Google Stadia Launch Games

    If the technical side seems to be mastered on the side of Google, the most important part in a game service are the titles available to the players. And this content is very thin for the launch of November 19. Here are the titles:
    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    • Destiny 2: The Collection
    • GYLT
    • Just Dance 2020
    • Kine
    • Mortal Kombat 11
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Thumper
    • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    • Rise of The Tomb Raider
    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    • Samurai Showdow
    • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
    • Farming Simulator 19
    • Final Fantasy XV
    • Football Manager 2020
    • Grid
    • Metro Exodus
    • NBA 2K20
    • Rage 2
    • Rising Trials
    • Wolfenstein: Youngblood


    These titles should be quickly joined by others during the month of December:
    • Borderlands 3
    • Darksiders Genesis
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
    • Ghost Recon Breakpoint


    In 2020, titles like Cyberpunk 2077 or Watch Dogs Legion should expand this skinny catalog.

    Offers and Awards Google Stadia

    For this launch in November 2019, Google chose to do it only via its Pro formula with a "Founder Pack", sold 129.99 €. You'll find in the box a Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia joystick in midnight blue. A code for 3 months of subscription to the Pro service will be sent to you by email and you will be able to enjoy a game offered which is none other than Destiny 2 Collection.

    Later in 2020, you will have access to a "Base" version which will be free. Note that only access to Google's servers to enjoy 1080 Full HD will be free, you will still have to buy your games on the platform for about 60 €.

    Google Stadia General FAQ

    Since the solution is brand new and everyone is not necessarily very comfortable with the idea of ​​cloud gaming, here is a small FAQ that we propose to you in writing to know everything about Google Stadia. Feel free to ask your questions in the comments, we will add them to this FAQ with great pleasure.

    What is Google Stadia?

    Stadia is a cloud-gaming system developed by Google. It allows you to buy and play streaming games with a maximum quality of 4K / 60 fps and 8K / 120FPS in several years.

    Where can I use Google Stadia?

    At first only thanks to Chromecast Ultra and a Stadia controller dedicated in the "Founder Pack". Subsequently, any device connected to the internet that has the application: phone, tablet, smart TV, PC. Traditional controllers will also be compatible. Note that compatibility with Chromecast Ultra is not available at launch, it will only happen with the Chromecast provided.

    When will be available Google Stadia?

    The official launch is scheduled for November 19 but only buyers of the "Founder Pack" will be able to use the service. Then the deployment will be by region during the year 2020.

    How much does Google Stadia cost?

    There will eventually be two formulas for streaming services:
    • A free basic version, where you will have to buy your games and you will have a quality in 1080 / 60FPS.
    • A paid "Pro" version at 9.99 € / month, where you will have to buy and you will have a quality in 4K / 60FPS / HDR. 5.1 surround sound and one game offered per month.


    Is it possible to play offline with Google Stadia?

    Since the service is an online streaming experience, it's impossible to play offline even for an all-in-one game. The connection must be permanent.

    What internet connection is required to take full advantage of Google Stadia?

    • 10 Mbps: 720p, 60 FPS, stereo sound
    • Between 20 and 25 Mbps: 1080p, 60 FPS, 5.1 surround sound
    • Between 25 and 35 Mbps: 4K, 60 FPS, 5.1 surround sound


    Be careful, these values ​​are the recommended values ​​and the image quality will depend on the quality of your internet connection. You can always check your compatibility with the tool put online by Google.

    What is the power of Google Stadia?

    The initial power will be 10.7 teraflops, more than the current consoles are the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro. Beware of the fact that this power is expected to evolve as even if the next consoles are announced at 12.5 teraflops average, it is likely that Google is still a step above.

    Do I keep my purchased games from the Pro version to the basic Stadia version?

    Yes, you keep access to all your initial library, only games offered monthly by the service will be unavailable. They will be back again if you later return to your Pro account.

    On average, how much internet bandwidth does Google Stadia use?

    • Base: 1080p, 60 FPS about 9GB per hour.
    • Pro: 4K, 60 FPS about 15GB per hour.


    What games are available to launch Google Stadia?
    At the launch, in November 2019, there will be only 22 games available on Stadia:
    • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    • Destiny 2: The Collection
    • GYLT
    • Just Dance 2020
    • Kine
    • Mortal Kombat 11
    • Red Dead Redemption 2
    • Thumper
    • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    • Rise of The Tomb Raider
    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    • Samurai Showdow
    • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
    • Farming Simulator 19
    • Final Fantasy XV
    • Football Manager 2020
    • Grid
    • Metro Exodus
    • NBA 2K20
    • Rage 2
    • Rising Trials
    • Wolfenstein: Youngblood


    Will there be exclusive games at Google Stadia?

    Yes, they will not be available to launch the service but Google announced during its conferences that a branch of the company named "Stadia Games and Entertainment" was responsible for developing exclusive games.

    Should we download the games on Google Stadia?

    No, that's the whole principle of service. You instantly access your games without delay and without downloading update.

    What are the missing features when launching Stadia?

    Google has announced a few days before availability, several features will not be available from November 19. Here is a non-exhaustive list of features missing at the launch of Stadia:
    • Resolution 4K
    • 5.1 surround sound
    • Chromecast Ultra Compatibility
    • Stream Connect
    • Crowd Play
    • State Share


    These features will only come later, from early 2020.

    And here's all you need to know about Google Stadia, the US giant's cloud gaming service. What do you think ?

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