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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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dubigrasu 3 Jun
LinuxwarperRest of your points I don't care for, you lost me between the snarky remarks...
Ah, sorry to hear that. Apologies for my snarkiness.
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Stadia is a hard sell to me so far. I played some Destiny 2 on it and it felt good. The quality didn't look any better than my PS4 though. It had a tiny blur look to it that I'm used to PS4 games having. But it was good overall. Since I do have a PS4, it would take a new game that I don't already own to come out on Stadia and look and feel better than the PS4 version (assuming it didn't run on Linux). That situation would have to continue happening over and over long enough that I stop upgrading my PC and console hardware because Stadia meets my performance and quality standards. And that's ignoring the fear of the service getting shut down after 3 years or so and losing all the games you bought, just like we've seen with always-online games that get shut down and have no offline/LAN capability. Again, the tech is neat and it works. It needs to be better than what I already have.
slaapliedje 11 Jun
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dubigrasuIIRC we had the same type of arguments when Liam started posting Proton news, the same idea that we should keep Linux news "pure" as in native only news. Luckily we got past that, but I see we're starting all over again with Stadia.

From where I'm standing I think that if we're OK with news about games made for Windows > played locally through Wine, we might as well be OK with news about games made for Linux > played remotely through a browser.

Sure, it doesn't fit in the pure/native/etc category, but the Linux connection is there nevertheless, and is worth posting news about it.
I feel it's a bit different. Here's why.

We can directly benefit from Wine / Proton and they directly correspond to being able to take a game and play it through our Linux systems directly.

Stadia is like if we started getting articles on AWS and that we could host our servers there or something.
Granted mine is just an opinion, and if we took a poll to see if other users would like Stadia news, I'd be fine if that's what people voted on. But I'm an adult, and if I don't feel like reading about it, then I'll skip the article. So doesn't really make me angry or anything :)
slaapliedje
dubigrasuIIRC we had the same type of arguments when Liam started posting Proton news, the same idea that we should keep Linux news "pure" as in native only news. Luckily we got past that, but I see we're starting all over again with Stadia.

From where I'm standing I think that if we're OK with news about games made for Windows > played locally through Wine, we might as well be OK with news about games made for Linux > played remotely through a browser.

Sure, it doesn't fit in the pure/native/etc category, but the Linux connection is there nevertheless, and is worth posting news about it.
I feel it's a bit different. Here's why.

We can directly benefit from Wine / Proton and they directly correspond to being able to take a game and play it through our Linux systems directly.

Stadia is like if we started getting articles on AWS and that we could host our servers there or something.
Granted mine is just an opinion, and if we took a poll to see if other users would like Stadia news, I'd be fine if that's what people voted on. But I'm an adult, and if I don't feel like reading about it, then I'll skip the article. So doesn't really make me angry or anything :)
For me, a lot of my interest in Linux gaming is strategic. It's less about individual games and more about the future of the platform (and about the implications of Linux gaming for the health of the Linux desktop in general; still waiting for that Year Of The Linux Desktop after all this time).
So for me, the relevance of Stadia isn't that I'm interested in playing games on it, or even interested in Linux gamers in general playing games on it. The relevance is that one way or another, its existence has an impact on how viable gaming on Linux in general will be. For instance, even though I absolutely hate this notion, if Stadia were to take over all gaming and become a monopoly . . . then Linux would be an absolutely equal gaming platform, all games would be written for Linux, DirectX would die out, all graphics tools would treat Linux as the primary target. And, we'd all be renting our games on Google's sufferance.
That would be pretty big news for Linux gaming, surely.
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