We got a load of details on the upcoming new gaming platform in the first Stadia Connect today. Ahead of E3, we got the first look at the upcoming Google Stadia features, games and pricing, which is all here for you on this page.

This is truly gaming as a service, with everything on the Google platform and you, the player, only needing a controller, screen and internet access. The service arrives in November 2019 and has a fair bit to offer.

Sounds interesting? Check out all the information below.

Don’t forget to get in the comments and let us know if YOU will be signing up for Stadia.

Google Stadia features

3 Minute overview of the Stadia Connect, see the full video down the page.

The main Google Stadia features are in what this is NOT more that what it is. It’s not a console at all, it’s gaming as a streaming service really.

So, kind of a Google version of PlayStation Now in many ways.

But with the sheer technical might of Google, I can see this delivering on its promise. In the show, they confirmed that even a 35MBPS connection gets you a full 4K Gaming experience in HDR, 60FPS and Dolby Surround.

Not too bad, although you have to pay to get the 4K part. More on that down the page.

On the other side, for those with lower internet connections out there. With Stadia you get a decent gaming experience of 720p and stereo sound with 60FPS at only 10MBPS, which is ok.

Control

While you can use any compatible controller with Stadia, Google has made a pretty nice looking controller to go with the launch of the service.

It allows for sharing your footage at the touch of a button, although how that worked exactly was not detailed. It also gives you access to the Google assistant too as you play.

It’s pretty neat and the Founder’s Edition comes in an exclusive night blue colour if you pre-order soon.

It looks pretty nice from my point of view. Let’s face it, a gaming service isn’t anything you can really get a tangible feel from when selling something. This adds something more physical to the package as it stands.

Access to Stadia

Google Stadia features a play anywhere philosophy and that is all because of Google’s processing power. It’s all on the data centre and not on the device you use.

The key feature to take away is the lack of any installing, updating or discs to manage. You sign in and play.

TVs with a Chromecast Ultra (included in the Founder’s Edition) can access the Stadia service. You can also do this from any computer or tablet via Chrome.

Google phones, Pixel 3 and 3a, will be the first to use the Stadia App to stream to them but they promise more phones will have access soon.

As much as I get them wanting to support themselves first, I imagine Samsung and Apple won’t be waiting too long.

Google Stadia Pricing

It’s pretty simple here. You can get the Founder’s Edition for £119 or $129 depending on your currency.

This gets you the nice, exclusive controller, Chromecast Ultra, 3 Months Stadia Pro (more on that shortly), exclusive Stadia name and a “buddy pass”.

Access to Stadia is free but you can pay for Pro for £8.99/$9.99. Only with Pro can you get 4K and Surround Sound. Additionally you get free games released “regularly” starting with Destiny 2: The Collection.

You also get Pro discounts on game purchases. But without the Pro plan, you can simply buy the game and play it through apps or browsers in HD.

This is only available in 14 countries initially but will increase quickly no doubt.

Google Stadia Games

Ultimately, this is what it’s all about: the games! Stadia is getting a solid lineup and I did notice during the event a lot more logos for developers and publishers not confirmed yet.

Given Google is so powerful, I can see most games hitting the service.

Big ones in the show were Ghost Recon Breakpoint which looks amazing and suits 4K gaming. Plus this interesting looking title Gylt.

It was a solid lineup of titles, I do think to showcase games people have likely already got on other systems makes it feel a little flat.

But is some of this being saved for E3 where it’s all being announced for big, upcoming titles hitting Stadia with the usual machines? We’ll soon find out!

There are a few big titles confirmed already with the new Baldur’s Gate 3 [info] and the upcoming Doom Eternal and new Darksiders Genesis too. Not too bad to start with.

Considering Destiny 2 comes with cross format saves, even though PlayStation have only sorted this very last minute. Means if you have a game already on one format, you can use the Stadia to get some grinding done while you are away from a console.

Let’s hope more games have that function.

Confirmed games

Below is the initial list of Google Stadia games, keep this post bookmarked though! As E3 goes ahead we will update it… if there isn’t a Skyrim Stadia edition announced by Bethesda at E3, I would be shocked!

  • 2K Games
  • Bandai Namco
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse
  • Bethesda
    • Doom Eternal
    • The Elder Scrolls Online
    • Wolfenstein Young Blood
  • Bungie
    • Destiny 2 The Collection
  • Deep Silver
    • Metro Exodus
  • Larian Studios
  • Square Enix
    • Final Fantasy XV
    • Tomb Raider
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider
    • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • THQ Nordic
  • WB Interactive
  • Ubisoft
    • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
    • The Division 2
    • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
    • Just Dance
    • Trials Rising
    • The Crew 2.
  • Others
    • Get Packed
    • Grid 2019
    • Gylt
    • Football Manager 2020
    • Samurai Showdown
    • Thumper

Thoughts on the reveal

Full 30 minute video revealing the Stadia features and games

There are things to like about Google Stadia. It’s easy to jump on the, let’s be negative about something new bandwagon. But I think this could be a good service.

I’m not convinced it’s as revolutionary as we could have expected. Especially with PlayStation having a similar service. Although, is Google simply capitalising on their mistakes with PS Now?

I see this as really handy for those who want to play on PC but don’t want the big outlay on upgrades to those processors and graphics cards. It also seems a great idea for smartphone gaming.

Crossaving is a good idea, hopefully it has crossplay too for multiplayer titles. There is more promise than there are problems right now, although it’s not quite a “jump and pre-order me NOW” reveal either.

It will be interesting how much Stadia talk there is at E3 however, certainly something to watch for.

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