Google Stadia | Games, Cost, Free Trials, Everything You Need

Google Stadia | Games, Cost, Free Trials, Everything  You Need

Google Stadia has been out for about a year, and it’s got Cyberpunk 2077! That notwithstanding, there’s still plenty of people who are curious about what the cloud service entails, how it works, and what they need to do in order to try it out. That’s exactly what this article is here for.

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In order to use Google Stadia, you first need to make sure you have the supported hardware.

That hardware is called Chromecast on TV, the Chrome browser on PC, or a dedicated Stadia app on Pixel phones and other Android devices.

If you’re considering it, now is a great time to get Google Stadia. It’s Premiere Edition bundle is cheaper than ever before.

It stands at just $99 instead of the original $129. You can as well get Stadia Pro for free for one month by signing up on Stadia’s website. Additionally, you’ll get $10 off your first game purchase. After that, it’s just under $10 a month for a Stadia Pro subscription.

Ubisoft Plus is on Stadia right now. This gives you access to premium versions of games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, and more for $14.99 a month.

You won’t need a Stadia Pro sub to access these games. For the full list of available and upcoming Google Stadia games, we have you covered below.

Before you go into the cloud gaming service, you need to be well informed.

We’ve got all the information you’ll need on Google Stadia in this article, from how it works to what games are on it, so read on.

What Exactly Is Google Stadia?

Google Stadia allows you to play modern games on just about any screen you own. Just with Google’s servers handling all the processing power and beaming them to you through the cloud. There are no downloads or installations to worry about. Once your device can run a Google Chrome browser, it can handle Google Stadia. Although, it will just not be with 4K, HDR, or 5.1 Surround Sound.

It also supports play on your TV (using a Chromecast Ultra), desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphones. Currently, though for now only on the Pixel 3 and 3a models.

Provided your internet can handle it, Google Stadia can stream gameplay at 4K resolution with HDR and 5.1 surround sound at 60fps, all via an internet connection with at least 35 Mbps speed.

Also, if your internet isn’t as fast as that, Google Stadia supports a wide range of internet speeds at the cost of some graphical quality (with 10 Mbps being the recommended minimum speed). You can check in advance if your platform of choice is ready for Google Stadia using Google’s handy speed test site.

This amazing new kind of gaming platform is the result of years of work at Google. Late in 2019, Google offered a closed beta test for Project Stream, which let participants play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in their Chrome browser.

During GDC 2019, Google Stadia was revealed in full, with playable demos on the show floor. During the Google Stadia hands-on preview, we were amazed at how Google has managed to eliminate the perception of latency between your inputs on a controller and the response from the game streaming in from Google’s servers.

How Does Google Stadia Work?

Cloud gaming, or streaming games without the need for physical copies, simply renders games on a remote server instead of your local device. The simple logic is that the game is then streamed to your device while your input on the controller (or mouse and keyboard) is sent to the server.

Google Stadia allows you to play games via the cloud in one of two ways. Either you buy a subscription to Stadia Pro for $10 a month and you’ll be able to either access Stadia’s game library on a remote server on your computer. Or use a remote PC onto which you can install games of your choosing.

It’s more like renting a gaming PC that you can log onto remotely. The Stadia Pro subscription is currently offering Destiny 2 for free. Additionally, the service will be offering new free games in the future, not unlike Xbox Game Pass. With this, you can play games on your TV, PC, laptop, tablet, and Google Pixel smartphones without any need for a game launcher.

Google also offers a Stadia Pro subscription for $10 per month, which you’ll need if you want to stream games in 4K resolution with 5.1 surround sound. A Stadia Pro subscription will also get you a complimentary game every now and then and the first one is Destiny 2. You also get discounts on all of the games in the Stadia library.

A Stadia Base option will be out sometime in 2020, but as the Base option won’t have a monthly fee, you’ll have to buy games at the full price.

Google Stadia phone support

At the beginning, the phones able to run Google Stadia were incredibly limited. It was only Google Pixels and Mac tablets. Fortunately, that’s changed, with a bunch of phones joining the party. Unfortunately, iPhones are still not supported by Google Stadia. Check out the full list of phones Google Stadia supports below here.

  • Galaxy S8
  • Galaxy S8+
  •  The Galaxy S8 Active
  • Galaxy Note8
  •  The Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S9+
  •  The Galaxy Note9
  • Galaxy S10
  •  The Galaxy S10e
  • Galaxy S10+
  • The Galaxy Note10
  • Galaxy Note10+
  •  The Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20+
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra
  • Pixel 4
  •  the Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 3a
  •  The Pixel 3 XL
  • The Pixel 3
  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  •  The Pixel XL
  • Pixel
  •  The Pixel C
  • Pixel 4 XL
  •  The Razer Phone
  • Razer Phone 2
  • ASUS ROG Phone
  • ASUS ROG Phone II

What games can I play on Google Stadia?

The increasing list of Google Stadia games is impressive, especially considering that you don’t need a console or powerful PC to enjoy these contemporary games. We know Cyberpunk 2077 will be playable on the streaming service when it will be launched in April 2020.

GamesRadar+ has previously reported on the official list of titles that will be available on the Google Stadia games available right now include;

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Dead By Daylight
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Division 2
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • Doom Eternal
  • Doom 64
  • EMBR
  • Borderlands 3
  • Cake Bash
  • Celeste
  • Crayta
  • The Crew 2
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Get Packed
  •  the Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Grid 2019
  • Gunsport
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Hitman
  • hitman 2
  • Hotline Miami
  • Hotline Miami 2
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition
  • Just Shapes and Beat
  • Kine
  • Little Nightmares
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Metro Exodus
  •  The Metro: Last Light Redux
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Monster Energy Supercross
  •  the Mortal Kombat 11
  • MotoGP 20
  • NBA 2K20
  • NBA 2K21
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Relicta
  • Republique
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Rock of Ages 3: Make and Break
  • Samurai Showdown
  •  The Serious Sam Collection
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Spellings
  • Stacks on Stacks
  • SteamWorld Dig
  • One Hand Clapping
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Orcs Must Die 3
  • Panzer Dragoon
  • the PUBG
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Rage 2
  • The SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Heist
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh
  •  The Sundered: Eldritch Edition
  • Superhot
  • Superhot: Mind Control Delete
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  •  The Turing Test
  • Trials Rising
  • Wave Break
  • West of Loathing
  •  The Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • WWE Battlegrounds
Confirmed Stadia games also include

(These games have previously been confirmed for Google Stadia but do not have a definitive release date currently.)

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Chorus
  • Cris Tales
  • Crayta
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Superhot Mind Control Delete
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
  • FIFA
  • Madden
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Relicta
  • Republique
  • Destroy All Humans
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Kona
  • Orcs Must Die! 3
  • Windjammers 2
  • Marvel’s Avengers