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Today Google did a new Stadia Connect video for their gaming service, which was pre-recorded due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. Google confirmed a bunch more games coming including from EA, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is out now and more.

What is Stadia? Stadia is Google's game streaming service powered by Linux and Vulkan. You can play games in a Chromium browser on a Linux desktop. It's now open to everyone in the 14 supported countries, with two months of Stadia Pro free when you sign up.

That's right, as of now you can play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Linux in a web browser, and the icing on that particular cake is it's playable free with Stadia Pro - so uh, basically everyone who can access it has it. I've had a quick blast on it as soon as it was announced, and it works well. The graphical quality is clearly on the lower side though. Also, it's cross-platform online play too with consoles!

Also available now on Stadia are

  • OCTOPATH TRAVELER
  • Get Packed

Google also announced the games coming to Stadia Pro (free to claim) in May which will be:

  • SteamWorld Heist
  • The Turing Test
  • Zombie Army 4

One of the bigger announcements today was also Crayta, a collaborative game-creation platform that will be an exclusive First on Stadia title - releasing this Summer. Check out the trailer:

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I think my kid is going to love that.

More confirmed upcoming games:

  • Embr - an Early Access title - releasing May 21st.
  • Orcs Must Die! 3 - releasing this Summer.
  • Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break - releasing this June.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - sometime this Autumn.
  • Wavebreak - an exclusive First on Stadia title - releasing this Summer.

Plus multiple EA sports titles later in Winter 2020.

You can see the Stadia Connect video below:

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Google are really starting to bring in the big games now. I've long wanted to play PUBG, and now thanks to Stadia I can do so on all my Linux machines. Being able to play some huge games, right in a browser with no downloading needed is certainly a selling point and Stadia has become a regular platform for me because of the ease of use. As more big games appear, perhaps even more people will be won over by it.

If you wish to play games on Stadia, simply head over to the official site. They're also now using a feature they talked about before releasing, with an instant link (for PUBG) to send you into a game.

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Shmerl 28 Apr
EA games ported to Linux? That's unusual for EA.
Kimyrielle 28 Apr
ShmerlEA games ported to Linux? That's unusual for EA.

Well, it's not that they're publishing them for Linux desktops. It's still the same old EA, except that they can see profit in supporting Stadia, when they didn't see or didn't want to see any in supporting Linux desktops. Despite that for a company like EA, the costs for doing the ports would be barely noticeable.
vipor29 28 Apr
EA did support linux very little but it was browser games,then they went silent with it.well if this can be done then they can port games to linux.i would rather see that then i will believe there on board or even at least have the games work in proton.


Last edited by vipor29 on 28 April 2020 at 4:36 pm UTC
detrout 28 Apr
I thought most of the reason big companies don't want to support Linux is they don't want to deal with the support costs of a fragmented ecosystem.

Shipping software to a managed compute environment is easier, and I bet Google is probably handling the end user support. (Google might even have paid EA some to get them to provide games too)
Liam Dawe 28 Apr
detroutI thought most of the reason big companies don't want to support Linux is they don't want to deal with the support costs of a fragmented ecosystem.

Shipping software to a managed compute environment is easier, and I bet Google is probably handling the end user support. (Google might even have paid EA some to get them to provide games too)
Two reasons
- Developers only target the hardware Google has, far less support costs
- Stadia has full backing from Google of course, and clearly already has a market - the Linux desktop basically has Valve and they're now focused on a compat layer
scaine 28 Apr
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It absolutely kills me that games like Destiny 2 and PUBG can now run on Linux, but I can't play them, except through Google's proprietary bandwidth hog.

Kills. Me.

I mean, great that people can benefit and play it. Especially until the end of May while it's still free. But I have zero interest in this model of gaming. And it hurts. It really hurts! :)
Liam Dawe 28 Apr
scaineIt absolutely kills me that games like Destiny 2 and PUBG can now run on Linux, but I can't play them, except through Google's proprietary bandwidth hog.

Kills. Me.

I mean, great that people can benefit and play it. Especially until the end of May while it's still free. But I have zero interest in this model of gaming. And it hurts. It really hurts! :)
To each their own. I've paid a flat fee each month, got a bunch of big games to play and now PUBG too and I can play them all basically anywhere and on Linux. It's pretty nice.
Mohandevir 28 Apr
Liam Dawe
scaineIt absolutely kills me that games like Destiny 2 and PUBG can now run on Linux, but I can't play them, except through Google's proprietary bandwidth hog.

Kills. Me.

I mean, great that people can benefit and play it. Especially until the end of May while it's still free. But I have zero interest in this model of gaming. And it hurts. It really hurts! :)
To each their own. I've paid a flat fee each month, got a bunch of big games to play and now PUBG too and I can play them all basically anywhere and on Linux. It's pretty nice.

Does it work with a Steam Controller?
I'd rather the world's internet bandwitdh not be hogged by this shite.
Liam Dawe 28 Apr
Mohandevir
Liam Dawe
scaineIt absolutely kills me that games like Destiny 2 and PUBG can now run on Linux, but I can't play them, except through Google's proprietary bandwidth hog.

Kills. Me.

I mean, great that people can benefit and play it. Especially until the end of May while it's still free. But I have zero interest in this model of gaming. And it hurts. It really hurts! :)
To each their own. I've paid a flat fee each month, got a bunch of big games to play and now PUBG too and I can play them all basically anywhere and on Linux. It's pretty nice.

Does it work with a Steam Controller?
Yes. Any gamepad Chromium/Chrome picks up correctly should work.
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