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The day has come, Google has finally opened up their Linux-powered game streaming service Stadia. They're giving you two free months of Pro too, so you can try it with the Pro games without paying a penny.

Announced on the Google Blog, they mentioned the current trying times with social distancing and how difficult it can all be. Since a lot of people are stuck at home they're giving gamers in "14 countries free access to Stadia for two months". When in, you will instantly be able to play these games that you can claim free with Pro:

  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • GRID
  • Gylt
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
  • Serious Sam Collection
  • Spitlings
  • Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
  • Thumper

Do keep in mind, that to continue playing them you need to keep up the Pro subscription which can be cancelled at any time. I've tested the cancellation procedure, and there's no issues with it. Takes a few clicks and it's automatic. You can buy games too at any time, to keep them. Google also run special discounts for Pro subscriptions. If you stop your Pro, you can re-subscribe any time and then get back access to previously claimed games too.

To acccess Stadia: make sure you have a Chromium/Chrome browser and then you need to go to Stadia.com to sign up, and then you should be able to just get going. If you have a gmail account, you shouldn't need to create anything extra. However, Google said that it may take up to 48 hours for this opening to be available everywhere.

Apart from that, there's not much else special you need. It works with mouse and keyboard plus it's worked with my Steam Controller, and the Logitech F310 is fine too. As long as it's picked up as an input type in your browser, it should work. You don't need their own Stadia controller.

If you want a few extra helpful features, you can also try out the Stadia+ extension, which is open source.

As a reminder, there's been a lot of updates around Stadia lately. In short: Google has promised at least 120 games on it this year, they've opened dedicated studios to work on Stadia games, Typhoon Studios has joined them to work on Stadia games, Splash Damage are working on an exclusive game for Stadia and more. You can see a recent round-up we did here.

I'm definitely keen to see what more people think of it, after having a great experience with it personally. I regularly play The Division 2 (video on YouTube) and Assassins Creed both on my Linux desktop and my Chromecast without issues.

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I have a 15/10 connection in Canada and it's pretty playable. D2 stutter a little bit but it's quite enjoyable. It seems to play better on Linux (Manjaro) then Windows on Chrome. Now I am sure this is going to put pressure on Steam to lower their price as a Google war is brewing. I would't be surprise if Steam launch a similar model too. Of course that will demand a huge investment in cloud services. Man I'll be happy not to drop those outrageous $1000 on a video card or download 80 GB of stuff. If it's successful, that a "game" changing event.
elmapul 9 Apr
Quoting: Xaero_VincentOne big advantage I see with Stadia is that it has Red Dead Redemption 2, while GeForce Now doesn't and will probably never work in Wine due to how it uses both DirectX and Vulkan simultaneously.


hell! is that even possible?
mirv 9 Apr
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For me, Google could have a viable offering once the number and genre of games increases. GRID works perfectly fine today - and honestly, I can't tell the difference between if it was local or not when using a controller. GRID, however, is built for microtransactions. I wouldn't mind a racing game, but I always enjoyed something more like Dirt Showdown, or the early Need for Speed games.
While Serious Sam I much favour locally, I could get behind a game such as Portal (while that particular game will never reach Stadia, I refer more to the puzzling genre and more relaxed style of play that it offers).

That, and lower priced games. What's there is a tad....expensive, though I am tempted to give Tomb Raider a go at £8. Yes I have it via Steam (and Feral) already, but it can be worth the cost just for the sake of additional testing. I'll consider it for a few days anyway.
herbert 9 Apr
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just tried it... lot of lags, poor video quality (especially if you have a 4k screen). My controller is recognized but is not working correctly on Destiny 2...
I think I won't test it for long.
Quoting: Jiskinjust tried it... lot of lags, poor video quality (especially if you have a 4k screen). My controller is recognized but is not working correctly on Destiny 2...
I think I won't test it for long.

What is your internet speed ? That'll be nice if people commenting will also put this information because frankly this is the defining factor.
herbert 9 Apr
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Quoting: armageddon51
Quoting: Jiskinjust tried it... lot of lags, poor video quality (especially if you have a 4k screen). My controller is recognized but is not working correctly on Destiny 2...
I think I won't test it for long.

What is your internet speed ? That'll be nice if people commenting will also put this information because frankly this is the defining factor.
I have optical fiber 1gb dl & 600mb upload. My ping in CSGO is between 5 and 15. So, I'm probably not the issue or I would not being complaining.


Last edited by herbert on 9 April 2020 at 9:20 pm UTC
mirv 9 Apr
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Quoting: Jiskin
Quoting: armageddon51
Quoting: Jiskinjust tried it... lot of lags, poor video quality (especially if you have a 4k screen). My controller is recognized but is not working correctly on Destiny 2...
I think I won't test it for long.

What is your internet speed ? That'll be nice if people commenting will also put this information because frankly this is the defining factor.
I have optical fiber 1gb dl & 600mb upload. My ping in CSGO is between 5 and 15. So, I'm probably not the issue or I would not being complaining.

Try it again after half a day or so. I had massive lag issues initially, but they've not reappeared recently. I suspect it's part Google's initial setup, part whatever traffic routing is happening at the time.

I'm going to take my experience as that it's not guaranteed to be consistent.
Liam Dawe 9 Apr
Quoting: mirvThat, and lower priced games. What's there is a tad....expensive, though I am tempted to give Tomb Raider a go at £8. Yes I have it via Steam (and Feral) already, but it can be worth the cost just for the sake of additional testing. I'll consider it for a few days anyway.
The only reason I picked up The Division 2, was because it went down to like £8. As additional testing, it's an interesting game to try. Honestly, I can't tell the difference between it and any local game and I've put quite a few hours into it now.
mirv 9 Apr
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: mirvThat, and lower priced games. What's there is a tad....expensive, though I am tempted to give Tomb Raider a go at £8. Yes I have it via Steam (and Feral) already, but it can be worth the cost just for the sake of additional testing. I'll consider it for a few days anyway.
The only reason I picked up The Division 2, was because it went down to like £8. As additional testing, it's an interesting game to try. Honestly, I can't tell the difference between it and any local game and I've put quite a few hours into it now.

I very, very much get that feeling with controller based play - are you using that for Destiny 2, or mouse and keyboard?
From most dev talk videos I've seen, there's a heavy investment in controller input for Stadia games. I guess because playing it on (or through) a phone would make more sense with a controller. Not that I mind, just good to know how best it works for me.

I think I will give Tomb Raider a go. A few places in the (OpenGL) port weren't exactly smooth experiences for me (I don't meet official minimum specs), so as a test it would be interesting.
herbert 9 Apr
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Quoting: mirv
Quoting: Jiskin
Quoting: armageddon51
Quoting: Jiskinjust tried it... lot of lags, poor video quality (especially if you have a 4k screen). My controller is recognized but is not working correctly on Destiny 2...
I think I won't test it for long.

What is your internet speed ? That'll be nice if people commenting will also put this information because frankly this is the defining factor.
I have optical fiber 1gb dl & 600mb upload. My ping in CSGO is between 5 and 15. So, I'm probably not the issue or I would not being complaining.

Try it again after half a day or so. I had massive lag issues initially, but they've not reappeared recently. I suspect it's part Google's initial setup, part whatever traffic routing is happening at the time.

I'm going to take my experience as that it's not guaranteed to be consistent.

Ok I'll try again! Anyone successfully played with Xbox controller and xpadneo driver ?
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