Is Google Stadia worth it? With the Google Stadia release slowly being rolled out, everyone’s been talking about this new and innovative gaming technology. Now that the platforms initial release is complete, we only have one question on our mind: is Google Stadia worth it?
Is Google Stadia worth it?
Google Stadia is a cloud service by Google that allows subscribers to purchase video games to stream to practically any screen. This negates the need for physical copies of games and allows games to be rendered on Googles remote servers using their processing power instead of your own devices. Games are then streamed to your screen while responding to the inputs of your controller.
Games can be played on a range of devices including your TV by using a Chromecast Ultra, on desktop computers or laptops with Google Chrome, or on supported smartphones and tablets. All HID class USB controllers can be used with Google Stadia, however the Stadia Controller made by Google is also available for purchase, which is the first controller ever to include built in Wi-Fi.
Initially released with no free option during November 2019, Google Stadia is a competitor to Nvidia’s GeForce Now service, Sony’s PlayStation Now service, as well as Microsoft’s Project xCloud, amongst others. As of April 8, 2020, Google Stadia’s free base service has been on offer in addition to a two month free trial of Google Stadia Pro.
The free Stadia Base service allows players to buy games individually while a Google Stadia Pro subscription offers unlimited access to the current library of games during the subscribed period. 4K/HDR/60fps and 5.1 surround sound is also only available with a Pro subscription, although you’ll need an internet connection speed at least 35mbps. Alternatively, the graphics quality can be sacrificed for lower internet speeds with 10mbps as the lowest recommended connection. Google also offers a simple internet speed test that you can use to test your connection before purchasing. That way you’ll know if your setup can take full advantage of Google Stadia Pro.
How much does Google Stadia cost?
A subscription to Google Stadia Pro costs $9.99 (£8.99) per month. Stadia Base is offered for free, although games need to be purchased individually, 1080p is the maximum resolution, and surround sound is not available. With Stadia Base you will get to keep your games forever once they’re purchased though.
What are the advantages of Google Stadia?
- Google Stadia may be the first technology that allows players to seamlessly hop into their favorite games at any time, on almost any screen in the world, with extremely high performance.
- The interface of Google Stadia is extremely simple and user friendly so anyone should be able to use it hassle free. You’ll be greeted with a personal home screen primarily displaying the games you’ve collected as well as the last game you played up front. The desktop version offers a party system to use with friends in addition to a system for in game screenshots while the mobile version has an activity feed with the latest news, videos and blog posts about Stadia.
- Waiting for downloads or updates is a thing of the past with Google Stadia since it’s all taken care of automatically on their servers. This is also true for hardware upgrades or replacement parts.
- The base service is free and Google has a two month free trial of Stadia Pro on offer so there’s no risk in giving it a try.
- You’ll also receive discounts on the games purchased using a Google Stadia Pro subscription.
What are the disadvantages of Google Stadia?
- Google Stadia has had a history of being slow to introduce features that were expected much earlier. These features are gradually being added with high quality, although it will take some time for all of the upcoming features to be completed at this rate.
- Launching with only 12 games, Google Stadia began to expand their library from there. Although the game pool is increasing, it’s quite limited compared to alternative video game subscriptions.
- If you don’t have a fast internet connection, you’re not likely to get a smooth experience. Google Stadia has been known to consume over 56mbps at 60fps 4k resolution, and over 12mbps just at 720p. If your connection isn’t fast enough, the first thing to suffer will be the graphics quality, and then the frame rate.
- Due to the added connections needed in cloud gaming, Google Stadia still ends up having a higher ping than standard local PC gaming even on connections upwards of 100mbps. So, if you’re interested in competitive gaming, Google Stadia may not be for you.
What Games Can I play?
There are more than 30 games available for the Stadia. We’ve listed all the games below along with the date they were added and the price.
It’s important to note that Stadia Pro subscribers gain access to special discounts, which are not reflected below.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Stadia Ultimate Edition — $119
- Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle — $59.99 (November 19, 2020)
- Borderlands 3 — $59.99 (December 17, 2019)
- Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition — $79.99
- Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition — $99.99
- The Crew 2 – $49.99 or $15 with Stadia Pro discount
- The Crew 2 Deluxe Edition – $69.99, or $18 with Stadia Pro discount
- The Crew 2 Gold Edition – $99.99, or $27 with Stadia Pro discount
- The Crew 2 Season Pass: – $39.99, or $20 with Stadia Pro discount
- Darksiders Genesis — $39.99 (December 5, 2019)
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 — $49.99 (December 17, 2019)
- Destiny 2: (All expansions) — $49.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Destiny 2: Forsaken — $24.99
- Destiny 2: Shadowkeep — $34.99
- Doom Eternal Standard Edition + Rip and Tear Pack – $59.99
- DOOM Eternal Deluxe Edition + Rip and Tear Pack – $89.99
- Doom 64 – $4.99
- Farming Simulator 19 — $39.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition — $49.99
- Final Fantasy XV — $39.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Football Manager 2020 — $49.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Get Packed – $49.99 (April 28, 2020)
- GRID — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- GRID Ultimate Edition — $84.99
- GYLT — $29.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Jotun: Valhalla Edition — $14.99
- Just Dance 2020 — $49.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Lost Words: Beyond the Page – $14.99 (March 27, 2020)
- Kine — $19.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Metro Exodus — $39.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Metro Exodus Gold Edition — $64.99
- Monster Energy Supercross — $59.99 (February 4, 2020)
- Mortal Kombat 11 — $49.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition — $89.99
- NBA 2K20 — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- NBA 2K20 Digital Deluxe — $79.99
- NBA 2K20 Legend Edition — $99.99
- Octopath Traveler – $59.99 (April 28, 2020)
- Rage 2 — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Rage 2: Deluxe Edition — $79.99
- PUBG: Pioneer Edition — $39.99 (Free with Stadia Pro)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 Special Edition — $79.99
- Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition — $99.99
- Rise of the Tomb Raider — $29.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Samurai Shodown — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Serious Sam Collection — $29.99 (March 3, 2020)
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider — $59.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Spitlings — $14.99 (February 25, 2020)
- Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks) – (April 1, 2020)
- Steamworld Dig — $9.99 (March 10, 2020)
- SteamWorld Dig 2 – (March 1, 2020)
- Steamworld Heist — $19.99 (March 10, 2020)
- SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh (March 1, 2020)
- Sundered: Eldritch Edition — $19.99
- Thumper — $19.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – $29.99 (March 17)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of NY – $59.99 (March 17)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint — $59.99 (December 18, 2019)
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Gold Edition — $99.99
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition — $119.99
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition — $19.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Trials Rising — $24.99 (November 19, 2019)
- Trials Rising – Digital Gold Edition — $29.99
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood — $29.99 (November 19, 2019)
Summary – Is Google Stadia Worth It
Although Google Stadia is lacking in the number of games compared to its competitors, the library is growing at a fast rate with some highly renowned inclusions and Google has been able to keep up its promises for release dates. Octopath Traveller, FIFA, Cyberpunk 2077 and Doom: Eternal are just some of the highly anticipated games coming soon.
Overall, for a cloud gaming service which is a brand new style of gaming, Google Stadia functions remarkably well and the free trial for the Pro version means you can try it risk free. After that you’ll be able to make an informed decision on whether it’s worth it to you to stick with Google Stadia Pro and pay the monthly fee, or revert to Stadia Base for free.
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