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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 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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mirv 18 Apr, 2020
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So I've been playing through Quicktime Event Raider Tomb Raider 2013 and it works quite well. The movement is suitable for a controller, and most things seem to run ok. I have noticed the odd area where video lags behind audio and input, but that's mostly in non-combat areas and hasn't been much (it's happened three times so far, and only once badly).
Quicktime events, however, are really damned annoying, and not just because they're quicktime events. The slight input lag means much of the timing is missed, so you have to repeat it several times to guess the right moment to push whichever button. That gets frustrating.

So have I had a better experience with the Feral port, or the Stadia version? Well, if I had to pick one, the Feral port. Graphically less on my machine, slower framerate, but better matching of input to on-screen timing. There are areas where the framerate is just abominable on my rig, so the Stadia version wins hands down in those cases. There's also something to be said for Stadia load times - I can indeed get into a game much quicker.

Of course, Rise of the Tomb Raider was a Vulkan port from Feral, and I had no framerate problems with that.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider I imagine would be the same, but my CPU is a little too old and can't run it (bought it direct from Feral anyway). All the Tomb Raider games are on sale right now on Stadia, so I might pick up Shadow just so as I can finally play it.
Eike 18 Apr, 2020
Quoting: mirvThere's also something to be said for Stadia load times - I can indeed get into a game much quicker.

It's especially amazing when getting a new game and playing it for the first time. No more 40 gigs downloading before grabbing the mouse or gamepad (no more disc juggling, for the older ones among us ;) )...
dubigrasu 25 Apr, 2020
So there are some rumors about second gen Stadia HW coming up. A bit long and winded, but some details are here:

Edit: Actually the guy is dragging it too much, so basically he is saying that some game devs are already having access to improved Stadia hardware and the games are running better.

Last edited by dubigrasu on 25 April 2020 at 7:58 am UTC
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