Ok. So what is this hype all about?
Everyone is talking about Google Stadia right now. There are tones of articles, news updates, and videos which literally bombard you all around. It’s easy to get lost, we know it.
And you are probably wondering:
What’s most important for me to know about Google Stadia?
Don’t you worry and look no further.
I have listed the replies to the most burning questions in this easy and comprehensible guide.
In this blogpost you will learn:
- How Google Stadia works (and the technology behind it)
- What are new and fancy features that Google Stadia promises
- When Google Stadia will be launched
- Where it will be available
- What games will be available on Stadia
- Top Google Stadia alternatives that you can start using right now
So, let’s dive into the topic!
1. How does Google Stadia work?
Google Stadia is a new cloud gaming platform, which will let you play games without any computer or hardware. This means that you will be able to play games online and with no download.
Look at the specification Google Stadia will provide you with:
- you will be able to play games in 4k, 60 frames per second and HDR mode. In future streaming will be available in 8K and 120 fps.
- your game will be streamed from powerful servers:
The servers’ power seems amazing but…
Is the cloud gaming concept really new?
No. There are several cloud gaming services which provide game streaming for a long time ago. I have listed the best Google Stadia alternatives at the end of this blogpost for you.
2. What are the new features that Google Stadia promises?
Ok, you learned about cloud gaming technology and you know that this is not something new.
In this case, what makes Google Stadia really special?
Are there any features that will make Stadia REALLY stand apart?
Let’s take a look at the most promising features:
This will be a file which you will be able to transfer to your friend with a current state of your game. It will allow you to share key moments of your game with other players. If your friend will click on the link, he will be able to enter your game at a specific time, for example, to help you out.
The link will preserve:
- world state
- your position
- your inventory
Playing with your favorite streamer is right at your fingertips. You will be able to sign up and wait in the queue to play with a streamer. Once your march will be over, another viewer will get his chance to play.
Google Stadia YouTube integration
You will be able to use the Google Assistant to find videos and walkthroughs on YouTube. A single press of the assistant button on the Stadia controller while playing will bring you to the right guide.
3. When Google Stadia will be launched?
Google gaming boss Phil Harrison said, that Google Stadia will be launched “later this year”. For the time being, there is no exact date given.
4. Where it will be available?
First markets where Google Stadia will be introduced are: USA, Canada and UK. If you live in a different country, you will have to wait longer, probably until 2020.
5. What games you’ll be able to play on Stadia?
Ok, so you briefly learned about technology and stuff. Cool. But what’s most important for you as for a gamer?
So far, Google announced only 3 titles:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Doom Eternal
- Something from Q-Games
Apart from those games, Google created its own studio! It will be led by Jade Raymond, the former Ubisoft, and EA executive, so you can expect some AAA titles to be announced.
6. Top Google Stadia alternatives that you can start using right now
You don’t have to wait for Google Stadia in order to experience cloud gaming. I will compare already existing Stadia alternatives for you.
The list is divided by different features, so you can follow it one-by-one and see the winner in each category.
Google Stadia – not released yet. When it will be launched, it will be available in: USA, Canada and UK
Vortex Cloud Gaming – servers are located around the world. You can play anywhere, as long as you have an Internet connection.
Shadow Tech – service is available all around the globe, however, you might experience latency if you are very far from their datacenters – for example in the South America or Asia.
Winning: Vortex, Parsec, LiquidSky
Google Stadia – there are only 3 titles announced so far.
Vortex Cloud Gaming – there are over 100 games available, AAA titles included – Fortnite, GTA V, Minecraft.
Shadow Tech – you upload the games of your choice
Parsec – you upload the games of your choice
LiquidSky – you upload the games of your choice
Winning: no winner, depends on what are you looking for
Google Stadia – price is not known yet.
Vortex Cloud Gaming – $9,99 per month
Shadow Tech – starts at $29.95 per month
Parsec – price is calculated based on several factors (servers, time, storage). The calculation method might be confusing. Look at the cost estimation below.
To put it into a conclusion: you never know how much you gonna pay.
LiquidSky – starts at $19,99 per month.
Google Stadia is definitely worth following. They are planning to introduce some new features as the first on the market. But if you are looking for gaming in the cloud experience, remember, that you don’t have to wait until Stadia is released.
Is Google Stadia in your opinion a game changer? Or there is rather a big hype around something which doesn’t deserve it? Give your opinion in the comments below!