Google should not give up on Stadia anymore

Google Not Give Up Stadia Now It's Getting Good

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When Google launched its cloud gaming service, Stadia, in November 2019, we were Is influenced by the concept But the implementation was lacking. A year and a half after its debut, Stadia has gradually acquired the features that Google initially boasted, bringing it closer to the service that has this capability. Stadia is nowhere near perfect, and Google still has some work to do, but it is a much better service than the launch today.

The news Google decided to opt out of Original game making business For Stadia, it led some to question whether the service was long for this world. So we decided to re-evaluate Stadia to see if it had a future. Obviously we don’t have a crystal ball, but after taking a full dive to see what progress Google has made since the launch of the Stadia, we still think it has the potential — if Google had it all Does not leave the way.

In the last year and a half, Google has steadily improved Stadia with features that make the service more fun and Very easy to use. One of the most “omg finally” additions to the Stadia platform was the ability to use the Stadia controller wirelessly with their PCs. The controller itself can connect to WiFi and Bluetooth, so while you can connect the controller wirelessly to Chromecast, it didn’t make complete sense to not offer the wireless option at launch. However, this has changed.

Google Not Give Up Stadia Now It's Getting Good

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Stadia added wireless capability to the PC last May, and while this is a major improvement, I agree that connecting the controller to my PC has been an issue. I found out that it was auto linking to my Chromecast and unlinked it manually, but I still had issues connecting it to my PC. This is apparently a common issue, as a quick search provided a solution: running Chrome in Windows 7 compatibility mode. This is an easy fix for an annoying bug.

Google recently added Time Share State Share with the launch Hitman 3 On the stage last month. Basically, the new feature allows a player to create a link to a specific point in their game that they can share with other Stadia players. Those players can then click the link and they will be taken to the exact point in the game that has all the same health stats and inventory items, and try to play the same part of the game. Developers have to add this feature to their game, and will not be told how many there will be — but it is neat.

Another welcome addition to Stadia is Crowd’s Choice, which eventually rolled out with the release to users Baldur’s Gate 3 last October. When turned on, streamers can give their viewers the option to vote for what they should like in the game. The option that receives the most votes will appear in the game’s live stream. This feature is also available in Dead by daylight, And this is a very good way to create more interaction with the audience.

Direct streaming for YouTube was launched last December, just in time Cyberpunk 2077 launch. Next to Twitch, YouTube is probably the next largest platform for streamers, and having a built-in function to stream directly from Stadia to YouTube should have been a good feature for some streamers. I’m not a pro, but I stream this opportunity to my friends on Twitch, and I really don’t like messing around with XSplit. Direct streaming is much more convenient.

Ending the list of unique Stadia features, which Google announced to return for the first time in March 2019, Crowd Play made its debut in the Games in December. Mortal combat 11, Border 3, Dead by daylight, And some others. If someone is streaming any of those games, they can invite their audience to play in the stadium with them. Of course, this is a co-op and multi-player feature, so it makes sense why the above games were the first to get it.

this is too much! Need some rest? Some water? Breakfast? Caffeine? Google is only half of the changes made to Stadia in the last year.

Big names and indie titles have been added to Stadia since their debut –Cyberpunk 2077, Hitman 3, Borderlands 3 and Baldur’s Gate 3 The most notable are. But quarantine has led to my companionship and I have to look for more co-op games to play together, or single-player puzzle games that we can still play together. I handed it to Stadia to familiarize myself with some games released a few years ago, such as flew under my radar, like The middle of the garden, A beautiful yet heart-wrenching puzzle game about two best friends and neighbors … reminiscent of all their earlier backyard adventures … well, I won’t spoil it. Turing test And Jotun There are some other examples of games on Stadia we are enjoying.

Stadia on pc

Stadia on pc
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However, Stadia definitely needs more recent titles. This may sound problematic Google shut down its internal game studio, But the company has already made deals with other studios, including Supermassive Games (Back mastermind Till morning And The Dark Pictures Anthology) To create fresh content for your library. The platform now allows players to link with them Ubisoft + account, Like Amazon’s Luna, but will definitely require users to have an active Ubisoft subscription. Stadia has a free tier, however, you will not need to pay for two gaming subscriptions. The company plans to open up its streaming technology to other sports publishers, so hopefully we’ll see more exclusives or releases with other platforms launched in the next year.

Having enough bandwidth to play games is a different story. Like a game The middle of the garden There is not a lot of bandwidth needed just because of how it is graphically designed. It will run fine on PC at 1080p at 15 Mbps, which is higher than Stadia’s minimum download speed. Like a game Cyberpunk 2077, Which is incredibly demanding, 1080p requires more than 100 Mbps to run without any pixels, rubberbanding, or input lag. Otherwise the game ineffective. This is an issue with cloud gaming in general, and not much has changed on that front since the release of Stadia.

One of my major gripes with Stadia is still how games are organized in your library. If you’re viewing your library on your phone, it’s not so bad – there’s a dropdown menu that allows you to organize recently played or alphabetically organized games, and you can play two columns at a time. Can scroll through. But on PC and your TV, it is unnecessarily laborious, with TV being worse than two.

On PC, you can see a 3×3 grid of your games, but the order in which they are organized is a combination of your most recently played games and games that have recently been added to the library for you. They have no option of placing them alphabetically, which makes it difficult to find a game that you haven’t played in a while or bought some time ago. On TV, not only do the same weird organizational rules apply, but your library is organized in a single line that you have to scroll through until you find the game you want. If you scroll too fast, the system will drop some image thumbnails of the game each time. In fact there should be a similar way for Stadia to organize its game library on all platforms.

Google Not Give Up Stadia Now It's Getting Good

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I also wish that instead of taking my phone I could buy the game directly from the stadium via my TV or go to my PC to buy the game from there. You can do this with Xbox and PlayStation, and it sounds to me like Banana won’t have the same function with any platform-like console-set. Certainly, it is not difficult to set the controller down and choose my phone, but I am choosing about this unnecessary step. I have a controller in my hand. Lemon just at the sports shop!

Stadia improved a lot, though it manages screenshots. When the platform first launched, you could move them with the screen capture button on the controller, but you could only see them on your phone and there was no way to share them. Now you can watch them on PC and apps on your phone, share screenshots and state share with a link, and video clips will now include voices if you save a clip when you chat game or live-streaming directly Do on YouTube. You can also download screenshots and clips from Stadia to your local PC, but you cannot do so on mobile.

And I can’t forget that iOS users can now play Stadia Game at Apple Safari browser As this Last december. Because of apple Strict App Store Policies on Cloud Gaming Platform, Did not allow iPhone and iPad users to play games on the Stadia app in the App Store. But cloud gaming through the WebRTC implementation, which is GeForce Now Users Can Play on Chromebook, All Right.

Oh, and if you have a 4K monitor, you can play 4K on your PC. If you have a Pro subscription – and family share is one thing now, you can add people to your family group and they can do any Can play the game. The game itself you do on your account. You do not need an active Stadia Pro account to share games or play shared games.

OK OK. He was a lot. And mostly it is good.

The only thing holding Stadia back is the lack of recently released games and games that support its unique state share and crowdfunding features. Not to clarify the small constraints that make Stadia more attractive to gamers, not to mention the bandwidth limit that will always be one Issue with cloud Gaming Serve overall as long as we really try to shut down the digital divide in America. Stadia has made mediocre progress in the past year. If Google is committed to this, the service needs to gain some momentum.