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Google want Stadia to have exclusive games other platforms can't support

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Ahead of the launch of Stadia next month for those who picked up the Founders Edition, Google are chatting a bit more about their plans for the Debian Linux-powered game streaming service.

Firstly, Google just announced their first-party developer Stadia Games and Entertainment will be located in Montréal. Additionally, they have a new interview up with to go over their grand plans for the service. This includes multiple first-party game developers run by Google, Stadia Games and Entertainment is just the first. Speaking to Jade Raymond, the VP and Head of Stadia Games & Entertainment they said:

We have a plan that includes building out a few different first-party studios, and also building up the publishing org to ship exclusive content created by indie devs and other external partners.

The games Google manages to make and secure with Stadia will be one of the big things that makes or breaks it, on top of how accessible it is with things like bandwidth use which is likely to be a big barrier with many people having monthly limits.

Part of their plan is to make games that other platforms can't handle. Games are of course often limited by the processing power of your PC, with top-end games requiring some pretty expensive consumer hardware to perform well. Not so much a problem with Stadia, since games will run across their ridiculously powerful servers and stream it into your Chrome browser window. This is all part of their plan of course:

There are a lot of things that being cloud native enables that you're just not going to be able to see on other platforms, and I think that's the job of first-party, to really show that off and let people imagine what those things are.

Think about it, AI that's a lot smarter powered by something like Google Duplex, many times more people available on the screen than would be possible before and so on. There are a lot of possibilities with.

Raymond said in the interview, that they do have some exclusive games currently in the works that should demonstrate what they mean with Stadia's server power. However, it could be "several years" before some big new IP comes out that fully takes advantage of it but they claim we should see some that push the boundaries coming out every year.

In other news: Stadia Founder’s Edition has now completely sold out too, as announced on Twitter a few days ago. However, it has been replaced with the Stadia Premiere Edition which also gives access on November 19. On top of that, the recently announced Darksiders Genesis will hit Stadia at the same time as the Windows release on December 5.

There are a lot of drawbacks to the service, many of which we've mentioned before. However, for Linux gamers especially it really could fill a huge gap. Having access to things like online multiplayer titles that will never be ported to Linux and possibly never work in Steam Play is an exciting one.

Stadia is set to launch on November 19. We have a Founders Edition ordered to see what we think, however we may be in for a wait since they're shipping out based on your order date. It's going to be interesting to see what the experience is like when played on Linux. Stay tuned.

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Appelsin 25 Oct, 2019
Something tells me there will be a counscious effort on Google's part to make sure that the "Linux" (i.e. Stadia) ports of games are only available on Stadia. Possibly in the form of some "quirk" (i.e. DRM) which makes the port such that it's na non-rivial task to get you a fully functional normal Linux port. Kinda like how Microsoft "loves Linux", as long as the Linux in question is the one running on their fog service.

I have my doubts this will have any positive impact on Linux gaming as a whole. Google doesn't want people to play more games, they want people to do more stuff through their platforms. Imagine all the voice chat they miss out on? Imagine all the input, behaviour and ticks they miss? It's just another venue of data mining.

dubigrasu 25 Oct, 2019
Well, I'm more interested in the half-full part of the glass and say, bring it on.
Google knows they have only one chance to make it right and I see they pouring a lot of impressing tech and brainstorming into this, can't be all that bad.
eldaking 25 Oct, 2019
Quoting: KimyrielleHonestly, if there is a sound technical reason to run some games in the cloud that's not just a DRM measure, be my guest. At least that wouldn't be "we're exclusive because we love to have a monopoly". At the same time I expect 90+% of all games to still run just fine on a local PC in the future. Not all games are like MS Flight Simulator. The visuals contemporary games can achieve even without the cloud is already amazing, and Moore's Law dying or not, local PCs will still get more powerful over time. I am really curious if Google will make JUST the games cloud-dependent that REALLY need it. Let's just say I believe it when I see it. Google has said goodbye to "Don't be evil!" years ago, so...

I am too cynical to accept "sound technical reasons" in this kind of stuff. Even if there is a real demand that can be solved that way, when the person in charge has a vested interest in pushing that particular "solution" it becomes just an excuse. They end up creating problems just so they can sell the answer, and often killing other alternatives.

In this case they aren't talking about one thing they always wanted to do but it is only possible with this technology. They are specifically looking for anything that is only possible with this technology so they can justify their draconian DRM and "you don't own games" system.
Eike 25 Oct, 2019
Erm... The easiest way to get such exclusives would be to buy the last games still ported to Linux before they get publicly available, no...?
soulsource 25 Oct, 2019
Please don't forget the advances Stadia brings on the technical side for game developers.
If popular game engines improve their start to have proper Linux support due to Stadia, it will make it a lot easier to port games to Linux, ideally even to a point that there are no extra costs once you have a Stadia port, and minimal costs if no Stadia port is required.
TimeFreeze 25 Oct, 2019
Hurray Stadia thanks Google for this fantastic Streaming Service!

*totally no sarcasm*
kaiman 25 Oct, 2019
Not a fan of exclusives, but it also doesn't concern me much. I'm already skipping console exclusives and anything from certain publishers, and I don't feel like having missed out.

I'm mildly curious what developers come up with to make use of that spectacular server hardware. In my experience, more power does not automatically equate to better games. But I guess there might be some genres that could potentially benefit. Online games with more concurrent players perhaps, or RTS games with gazillions of units. Or unbeatable AI opponents (whatever fun that may be) ;-). We'll see ...
RossBC 25 Oct, 2019
It's a hard pass for me. Hope it runs well for everyone who uses it though.
Swiftpaw 26 Oct, 2019
Greedy corporations are greedy. What a dysfunctional horrendous system.
kokoko3k 26 Oct, 2019
If other systems don't have the required processing power to handle such games, then why the need of them to be exclusive to Stadia?
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