Google Stadia Launches With Only 12 Titles
Google’s own stake at the video game market rests upon the Google Stadia’s shoulders. This week, Google Stadia will finally launch this week for those who bought the Founder’s Edition. However, is Google Stadia’s initial offerings enough to get more people interested?
Google Stadia Features
The Google Stadia is a cloud-based gaming platform. With it, users could switch between different screens seamlessly when playing video games. Its most promising feature is the ability to play games instantly. No more downloads or installations required. Patches will be done server-side, so all games streamed will be kept up to date, all the time.
The game streaming service also promises to deliver 4K resolution at 60 FPS for Stadia Pro subscribers. Non-subscribers will have to live with a 1080p resolution, but will still enjoy 60 FPS. Of course, a higher quality of stream requires a better internet connection. Stadia Pro will cost gamers $10 a month, which also comes with a free game. Those who pre-ordered Founder’s Edition will get three months worth of Stadia Pro.
However, having a Google Stadia subscription doesn’t mean you get access to all of the games offered on the platform. Every game you don’t get for free with the subscription will have to be bought separately. For its first month, Stadia Pro users will get Destiny 2 for free. The rest of its titles will have to be bought by subscribers.
First Wave of Games
What makes things worse is that Stadia will be launching with only 12 titles, including Destiny 2. Although it’s coming with some heavy titles like the new Tomb Raider Trilogy by Square Enix, but a dozen’s worth of games may not be enough to sate all gamers.
Here’s a full list of titles coming out this week with the platform:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Destiny 2
- Just Dance 2020
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Tomb Raider
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Samurai Showdown
The game Gylt is the only one in the list exclusively available for the Stadia. More games are coming to the Stadia later on this year, and Google also committed to bring in more exclusives to the platform. Other games slated for the platform are Final Fantasy XV, Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus, NBA 2K20, and Metro Exodus, among others. However, none of these upcoming games have a specific release date yet.
Having a short list of titles working for the platform may be a limitation of cloud-computing, or could just be Google trying not to bite more than what they could chew. Each game would eat up a considerable amount of space on their servers, and they all have to be up 24/7 to deliver the service. Each additional game on the Stadia adds to Google’s overhead.
However, Google’s weak opening lineup may get overshadowed by other upcoming cloud services. Microsoft has been working on the xCloud service for a while now. Microsoft’s cloud platform would allow users to play any Xbox game they own on their Android devices. Microsoft’s library of games is obviously bigger than Google’s, and the latter might need to bring in great exclusives to justify its existence.