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Google's game streaming service, Stadia, today adds another 5 titles available for anyone who has an active Stadia Pro subscription to redeem. As promised by Google recently, they continue to expand Stadia and reward those who stick with the Pro tier.

Hitting Stadia Pro today and available right now are:

  1. Get Packed
  2. Little Nightmares
  3. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  4. SUPERHOT
  5. Panzer Dragoon: Remake

So right now there's 17 games in total you can access instantly with Stadia Pro. As a reminder of what, here's the current list of Stadia Pro games:

  1. Destiny 2: The Collection
  2. GRID
  3. Get Packed
  4. Gylt
  5. Little Nightmares
  6. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
  7. Panzer Dragoon: Remake
  8. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  9. SUPERHOT
  10. Serious Sam Collection
  11. Spitlings
  12. Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks)
  13. SteamWorld Dig 2
  14. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
  15. Steamworld Heist
  16. The Turing Test
  17. Zombie Army 4

Stadia also has The Elder Scrolls Online on June 16, which will be another free game to claim on Stadia Pro pushing it up to 18. The Elder Scrolls Online will be coming with cross-play with Windows and cross-saves too. That will end up making The Elder Scrolls Online one of the easiest games to play, with it being available on so many platforms across many different devices since it carries your progression.

More games were also confirmed for the Stadia store recently including Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux. Not surprising, since they already have Metro Exodus up on there.

As an added bit of extra info, it seems the game porter and SDL2 software developer Ryan "Icculus" Gordon was behind the port of Doom 64 to Stadia. As Icculus wrote on Patreon, Stadia already has SDL2 support done by another game porter, Ethan Lee. According to the post, porting was somewhat straightforward too so it seems traditional Linux builds can be very close to what Stadia actually uses (barring Stadia-specific features).

For what's coming next on Stadia, according to 9to5Google who scape updates from the Android package, it seems Google are planning a lot including: a better chat system with party support, trials, demos, free weekends, big sales and more. As expected though, Stadia over-promised initially as noted by Take-Two's CEO and covered by GameSpot, who said pretty clearly it's been slow going.

You can try it out now on Stadia.com. It works on Linux in a Chromium-based browser and you don't need Pro, you can just register and buy a game like other stores (Doom 64 seems cheapest at £3.99). As a final reminder, if you sign up for Pro before June 3, you get 2 months free instead of 1.

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RafiLinux 2 Jun
Quoting: GuestI know you build a case before about posting Stadia news...but I forgot to be honest and fail to see reason for these kind of news updates on it. Not trying to be an asshole about it, just failing to see the linux connection here.

You can play these games on your Linux desktop. So it's being covered.


Last edited by RafiLinux on 2 June 2020 at 1:20 pm UTC
Quoting: GuestI know you build a case before about posting Stadia news...but I forgot to be honest and fail to see reason for these kind of news updates on it. Not trying to be an asshole about it, just failing to see the linux connection here.
Stadia does several things that are good for Linux, whether Google intended it or not;
  • Vulkan adoption: Ubisoft and Rockstar are among two major companies who have adopted Vulkan. Vulkan adoption is good because it lays the groundwork for native development and because it requires no work for WINE as opposed to DX11 or 12 where DXVK or VK3D is necessary and gives a performance penalty. Speaking of native development, I'd argue it would have been harder for Metro developers to decide for a native release if the necessity for a Vulkan renderer did not exist already (Stadia port).

  • Stadia is built on top of Debian. It's to be expected that progress made to Debian for sake of Stadia will come back upstream.

  • Stadia will allow you to play games that don't work with Proton because of anticheat. This helps user retention.


The only thing I would be concerned with Stadia is the possibility of it being used for ChromeOS.

Quoting: sudoshredAnd if anyone thinks they own their games on Steam, double check the agreement.
This kind of argument just dilutes the difference between streaming service and Steam/GOG. There are many DRM-free games on Steam, and you can do lots more with them than you ever could with Stadia.And I am pretty confident if Steam goes down, they will likely make it so you can download and be able to play your games without a connection.. So the whole "You don't own your games on Steam either" is just diluting the difference between Stadia and Steam to justify why using Stadia is OK in that regard.
For instance you can copy your DRM free games to a CD. You can't do that with Stadia.

Not arguing for or against Stadia in general but I find the "You don't own your games on Steam either" like a smokescreen. Yes, you don't own them but you can do what I said you can do and that's alot more than a streaming service will allow you.
dubigrasu 2 Jun
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: PatolaBut think of that, does Stadia allow people outside the regions to take responsibility for their connection and use the service regardless? No, they do not allow this.

Indeed Stadia is officially available only within certain regions, but I'm outside these regions and I still use it. I get a bit more latency but is still very playable, some games more than others.
Interesting. How do you do that?

Google checks for your location only at registration, which is a precaution that makes sense to me, for (like you mentioned) latency/support reasons. Most likely they will extend their supported area eventually as the infrastructure gets in place.
So basically I added some noname vpn extension to Chrome, made the registration (from a supported country) and then discarded the extension. Once registered you can use Stadia from anywhere as long you can deal with the latency, I have personally 33ms.

They are very vague about using your account in unsupported countries, my guess is they just don't want to advertise that is possible, but at the same time they don't actively prohibit it (Netflix style).
drlamb 2 Jun
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In case anyone wasn't aware about Stadia's open-source bits: https://github.com/googlestadia
Liam Dawe 2 Jun
Quoting: drlambIn case anyone wasn't aware about Stadia's open-source bits: https://github.com/googlestadia
Plus Open Match and Agones, both of which Google co-founded. I covered them in a different Stadia roundup post.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 2 June 2020 at 12:51 pm UTC
dubigrasu 2 Jun
Quoting: LinuxwarperThe only thing I would be concerned with Stadia is the possibility of it being used for ChromeOS.


So the gist of what you said so far (here and elsewhere) is that you're worried and you don't want ChromeOS becoming too competitive with Linux, OK, fair enough. I'm not gonna argue about that (enough arguments on the previous article) but the way I see it, not only Linux will get a competitor, but also Windows will get one. And I somehow doubt that Linux desktop/market share will be the one affected, I see more likely that Windows will go down in that case.
And we're about choices right? If Google's choice is to promote ChromeOS, well, let them.

I'm sure you have other arguments to share, (and boy I'm almost sorry for bringing this up), but I have no desire for ChromeOS to fail so that Linux can succeed. If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own.
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: LinuxwarperThe only thing I would be concerned with Stadia is the possibility of it being used for ChromeOS.


So the gist of what you said so far (here and elsewhere) is that you're worried and you don't want ChromeOS becoming too competitive with Linux, OK, fair enough. I'm not gonna argue about that (enough arguments on the previous article) but the way I see it, not only Linux will get a competitor, but also Windows will get one. And I somehow doubt that Linux desktop/market share will be the one affected, I see more likely that Windows will go down in that case.
And we're about choices right? If Google's choice is to promote ChromeOS, well, let them.

I'm sure you have other arguments to share, (and boy I'm almost sorry for bringing this up), but I have no desire for ChromeOS to fail so that Linux can succeed. If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own.
I'm in agreement with you about most of what you said, but that last point, "If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own" is naive. ChromeOS has the "merit" of a huge corporation with monstrously deep pockets behind it. In our political economy, that is a very, very big "merit". Genuine merits do not magically win out over such.
dubigrasu 2 Jun
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: LinuxwarperThe only thing I would be concerned with Stadia is the possibility of it being used for ChromeOS.


So the gist of what you said so far (here and elsewhere) is that you're worried and you don't want ChromeOS becoming too competitive with Linux, OK, fair enough. I'm not gonna argue about that (enough arguments on the previous article) but the way I see it, not only Linux will get a competitor, but also Windows will get one. And I somehow doubt that Linux desktop/market share will be the one affected, I see more likely that Windows will go down in that case.
And we're about choices right? If Google's choice is to promote ChromeOS, well, let them.

I'm sure you have other arguments to share, (and boy I'm almost sorry for bringing this up), but I have no desire for ChromeOS to fail so that Linux can succeed. If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own.
I'm in agreement with you about most of what you said, but that last point, "If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own" is naive. ChromeOS has the "merit" of a huge corporation with monstrously deep pockets behind it. In our political economy, that is a very, very big "merit". Genuine merits do not magically win out over such.
That wasn't meant in terms of Linux winning a (the) fight against ChromeOS or other entity, but rather Linux continuing to stand or evolve as it did until now. If ChromeOS is going to have a fight, is going to be against Windows (and Apple's products to an extent), while Linux will continue its way, for better or worse.
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: dubigrasu
Quoting: LinuxwarperThe only thing I would be concerned with Stadia is the possibility of it being used for ChromeOS.


So the gist of what you said so far (here and elsewhere) is that you're worried and you don't want ChromeOS becoming too competitive with Linux, OK, fair enough. I'm not gonna argue about that (enough arguments on the previous article) but the way I see it, not only Linux will get a competitor, but also Windows will get one. And I somehow doubt that Linux desktop/market share will be the one affected, I see more likely that Windows will go down in that case.
And we're about choices right? If Google's choice is to promote ChromeOS, well, let them.

I'm sure you have other arguments to share, (and boy I'm almost sorry for bringing this up), but I have no desire for ChromeOS to fail so that Linux can succeed. If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own.
I'm in agreement with you about most of what you said, but that last point, "If Linux has merits, it will stand on its own" is naive. ChromeOS has the "merit" of a huge corporation with monstrously deep pockets behind it. In our political economy, that is a very, very big "merit". Genuine merits do not magically win out over such.
That wasn't meant in terms of Linux winning a (the) fight against ChromeOS or other entity, but rather Linux continuing to stand or evolve as it did until now. If ChromeOS is going to have a fight, is going to be against Windows (and Apple's products to an extent), while Linux will continue its way, for better or worse.
Ah, I see. Well, as I said, I agree with that much--overall, greater diversity in the desktop OS market is probably good for Linux and good in general, and if the thing increasing the diversity is, basically, Linux itself all the better.
Anyway it'd be weirdly easy to sell ChromeOS users on Linux. "So, you're using Linux already. Wanna try one that doesn't handcuff you?"


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 2 June 2020 at 7:10 pm UTC
Quoting: dubigrasuAnd we're about choices right? If Google's choice is to promote ChromeOS, well, let them.
Where have I said that Google promoting ChromeOS is something I think they should not do, and that I am opposed to them promoting their own product? Rest of your points I don't care for, you lost me between the snarky remarks and "If Linux has merits".
Quoting: LinuxwarperIf I worked for Google I would use Stadia to sell Chromebooks without even blinking.
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