So What Is
Google Stadia and Why Should You Care About It?
Google Stadia is Google’s own answer to console and PC
gaming industry that is worth more than $60 billion dollars annually! Stadia
will probably end the never-ending debate of which gaming platform is best;
console or PC?
Whether you are a PC gamer or a console lover, we all know
that high end games come at a cost. Gamers have to keep up with the hardware
and software requirement of high end games as the graphics and other aspects of
the games improve. To some extent, console gaming has reduced the cost of
regular hardware upgrades but fresh titles are usually expensive as compared to
the same release for PCs. So how does the multinational tech giant disrupts
this billion dollar industry by launching Stadia?
Google even goes as far as to mock all other consoles
as “box”. The exact punch line says, “The future of gaming is not a box.”
Simply put, Google Stadia streams games directly to your
browser Google Chrome (for obvious reasons). That’s right, this means even your
grandmother can play high end first-person shooter games on old school Pentiums
and Celerons. (Well we exaggerated that. There may be minimal hardware
requirement to some extent obviously). All you need is just a web browser and a
fast internet connection and Google’s servers will take care of the rest. Google
Stadia integrates with YouTube which will allow a user to stream the game in
high definition without having to worry about gaming cards, huge game updates
at the beginning, etc. Google will be launching its very own proprietary gaming
controller. However players can use their existing controllers of Sony’s
PlayStation or Microsoft’s Xbox.
Stadia well definitely redefine how games are developed,
distributed, bought or shared and played. It removes major roadblocks for the
gaming community around the world especially in third world countries. Also it
may to some extent reduce piracy within the gaming industry especially for
games on PC. So far, we can only predict that Google Stadia is here to stay and
We are sure you would like to learn more Google Stadia and
we’ve got plenty to talk about.
Google Stadia Release Date?
So when is Google Stadia going to launch? Google announced the launch of Stadia in US, Canada, UK and Europe in 2019 at the Game Developers Conference held earlier this year. What is the exact launch date of Stadia? Well there aren’t any exact launch dates announced by Google yet. The company plans to make Stadia available at some point in 2019. We will get to hear from Google this summer at E3 which is the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Until then we will keep tabs on rumor mills as well as Google’s official announcements for more information.
Stadia Cost to Play: Will it be Subscription based or a one-time?
With service like Stadia it is very clear that Google is
planning to penetrate and disrupt the gaming industry by rooting out the very
foundation of high end gaming i.e. cost. Stadia will allow any user to play
games at a fraction of a cost of console gaming. We are looking at something
long-term, perhaps a subscription based model like Netflix. However this is not
something explicitly announced by Google but speculations are strong among the
gaming community that a subscription based model will be beneficial for both
Google and affordable for users too. Now, there can be instances where some
titles may require purchases to unlock certain features of the game as we have seen
in console gaming, but the general notion is that Stadia will be made available
at a monthly subscription fee. We think that the subscription has to be what
the masses would generally perceive as affordable in order for Stadia to
survive in the long run. A price that anyone could easily pay even if they
cannot play regularly!
How Google plans to monetize Stadia is another question.
While this may be of low interest to the general gaming community, it is
something that may affect the pricing of Stadia. We will leave that to Google
to see how they will play their game when it comes to revenue generation from
Stadia. Perhaps in-game ads just as we see on YouTube or in-app purchases or
may be through the sale of Google’s own controller might be the answer to this.
Stadia Specs, Requirement and Configuration: Do you need to upgrade your PC for
As mentioned on Google’s official link, Stadia simply requires a high speed internet connection to stream games to your web browser. This means that no matter how graphic intense a game is, you just need a solid internet connection, around 30 Mbps or more. This is a good news for dormant gamers who have quit buying new titles simply because of the hefty price tags or cannot afford to keep up with the hardware upgrades required to run high end games for their gaming PCs. However, to run things smoothly we would recommend that your system should have at least 4 GBs of RAM, a dual core processor at minimum and free disk space. Having a graphic card would be plus but nowhere it has mentioned as a prerequisite to run Stadia. For those who play on console, well find a nice and clean place where you can safely put away your console for good. Just kidding.
This is the new generation of gaming where hardware
requirements are kept to a minimal so that anyone can play and subscribe to
their favorite games. This way Google will be able to generate revenue from anyone
who happens to have even the least amount of interest in gaming. Purchasing a
controller might be the only investment you need to do if you want to run high
end games on your PC, laptop or tablet. If you already have a controller that
came with your console, Stadia can support that too provided it is a HID class
Plan to launch a Google Stadia Console to compete Sony’s PlayStation or
As mentioned earlier, Stadia is cloud based gaming service
that lets you run high end games directly from your web browser just as you
would stream HD videos on YouTube. There are no plans or announcements from
Google that they will launch a supporting console system for Stadia parallel to
Sony’s PlayStation or Microsoft’s Xbox in the future. However, we cannot
completely eliminate possibility of a Gaming Console for Stadia due to Google’s
history of launching devices such as the Google Pixel Phone.
Stadia Latency Issues for Gaming
To all the noobs (like they say in the gaming community),
latency is a measurement of time taken by data to be transmitted to a receiver
and back. That means the lower the latency, the better the gaming experience.
This is something gamers who play multiplayer games face very often when gaming
using poor internet connections. This is commonly referred to as a “lag”. A low
latency rate means all connected players will experience the same events during
the game at the same time without any delays.
Remember the golden era of counterstrike? When you got to see
the dancing ghosts of dead team mates?
When Google revealed Stadia at the Game Development
Conference earlier this year, it mentioned that latency is not affected on
Stadia by multiplayer gaming. Google also demonstrated multiplayer games being
played without any noticeable degradation in graphics or latency issues on
While it may seem very straightforward that since Stadia is
cloud based gaming service which might be free from latency issues, we cannot disregard
the fact that on the other end Google will try to maximize its profits from
Stadia as the company plans to invest $13 billion into the project. Now, there
can be a deliberate attempt to increase latency on third party controllers so
that users are led to buy Google’s own proprietary controllers. But we can be totally
wrong on this one as they aren’t any sources to back this theory for now.
Stadia’s Impact on Social Media
It won’t be an overstatement to say that Google Stadia will be the next social platform for gamers or more specifically for friends who would like to compete against each other over the internet. The choice to compete anyone from any corner of the world will significantly impact how we spend time on the internet. Removing the limitation to connect with anyone at any time regardless of the device is the core USP of social media platforms. While social media channels do offer multiplayer gaming they generally do not provide a complete immersive experience like high end titles do on consoles or PCs. With the freedom to play with friends without any hardware or software compatibility issues, we believe it will be a whole new experience that might come as a shock to major social media platforms. We can’t wait to experience what the world would be like when Google Stadia goes live this year.
Stadia Games to be launched Soon with the launch of Stadia
Before we dive into the details about what titles will be
made available for user to get their hands on, we would like to mention here
that Google had been recruiting game developers and publishers since 2018 and
Phil Harrison has been tasked for this project. Google has already made
available its development tools accessible for Stadia and has contacted more
than a 100 game development companies for Stadia.
Some games expected to be launched for Google Stadia are as
A third unannounced game is also being developed by Q-Games
according to Forbes.
We believe Google Stadia will be a Game Changer for console gaming world and will completely disrupt the gaming industry. With Google’s reputation, we can expect all leading game developers and publishers to rush and adopt Stadia in order to remain in business and rightly so. It will also be perhaps the end of the status-quo for the elite gaming communities that happen to somehow feel privileged to be able to afford and enjoy high end titles or consoles. For an average user it will just be a matter of few clicks just like browsing the internet.
The future of gaming is definitely not a high priced console
box or a gaming rig. Google Stadia will definitely be welcomed by gamers of all
ages and sizes. We would love to hear your thoughts on Google Stadia. Do let us
know in the comments section below.