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Here's your regular dose of Stadia news, as today Google revealed a bunch more games coming to their Linux-powered game streaming service.

For Stadia Pro on August 1 subscribers will get free access to play Strange Brigade, Kona, Metro 2033 Redux and Just Shapes & Beats. If you don't subscribe to Pro, all games will be available to purchase on Stadia as normal. Zombie Army 4: Dead War will also be leaving Stadia Pro at the end of this month, so claim it now if you haven't already. On top of that Google has confirmed that Rock of Ages III will release on Stadia on August 14, launching right into Stadia Pro.

If you enjoy playing PUBG on Stadia, it's also getting a new season on July 30 with the latest 'Survival Pass' being given free for Stadia Pro subs as well.

Available as of now is Celeste! The brilliant, difficult and very highly-rated platformer. According to game porter Ethan Lee on Twitter, the release of Celeste to Stadia brings with it the 'newly-certified Stadia backend for ANGLE, meaning it's the only OpenGL game on the platform' and it also 'debuts Stadia support from FNA and FNA3D'.

Here's an up to date list of all the Stadia Pro games:

  1. Crayta: Premium Edition
  2. Destiny 2: The Collection
  3. Get Packed
  4. GRID (2019)
  5. Gylt
  6. Just Shapes & Beats - arrives August 1
  7. Kona - arrives August 1
  8. Little Nightmares
  9. Metro 2033 Redux - arrives August 1
  10. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  11. Orcs Must Die! 3
  12. Panzer Dragoon: Remake
  13. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
  14. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  15. Rock of Ages III - arrives August 14
  16. SteamWorld Dig
  17. SteamWorld Dig 2
  18. Steamworld Heist
  19. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
  20. Strange Brigade - arrives August 1
  21. SUPERHOT
  22. The Turing Test
  23. West of Loathing
  24. Zombie Army 4 - leaving July 31

For any Android mobile/tablet gamers amongst our readers, Stadia will also soon let you play across 4G/5G with a new experiment you can opt into in the Stadia App. This is on top of the current experiment that lets you opt into playing on any Android device that can install the Stadia App.

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2 comments

eldaking 28 Jul
Ok, so are people really going to play Celeste on a remote server?

It's not a heavy game, most laptops and probably even some smartphones can run it. But from all I know, it is a very precise and fast platformer, the kind of thing that would be ruined by lag.

I can get that if it is free on the subscription you already have, might as well play instead of getting it elsewhere (regardless of price)... but are people really flexing the stability and bandwidth of their home internet like that? Using their stadia pro to play things that don't push the limits of a high-end computer?
Hori 29 Jul
Quoting: eldakingOk, so are people really going to play Celeste on a remote server?

It's not a heavy game, most laptops and probably even some smartphones can run it. But from all I know, it is a very precise and fast platformer, the kind of thing that would be ruined by lag.

I can get that if it is free on the subscription you already have, might as well play instead of getting it elsewhere (regardless of price)... but are people really flexing the stability and bandwidth of their home internet like that? Using their stadia pro to play things that don't push the limits of a high-end computer?
Casuls don't know/care about lag. If they have a large selection of games available, and especially one that contains good games, they will take it, and will be happy with it without knowing any better.

Also, most people (not just casuls) don't research a game too much, if at all, before buying. They don't check to see if it will work fine on their platform, they just simply expect it to.
Checking if something works on your setup is a thing pretty much only for Linux users... because there's a relatively high chance things don't work well for us.

And lastly... does it really matter? I've seen enough people complaining that streaming services cause lag that affect your movements and yada yada even if you don't immediately notice it and they blow it out of proportions. Yet every time I come in my hometown and stay a while I stream my games with Steam Link and it's absolutely fine, even shooters and "precise" games. The only thing I can complain is that the image is compressed, and being a videophile I do notice it. But the vast majority of people are not so sensitive to (small) visual artifacts, and they are not sensitive to lag either. It's fine, streaming works just fine... unless of course you have bad internet, or you use WiFi somewhere with a lot of interference.

People who are sensitive to lag/compression or play highly competitive games, sure, they won't have a great time with that, but most people aren't like that.
And even for people who are, or who would simply want a better experience - it's hard to not consider streaming, when your alternative is to get an actual PC.
There's a surprising amount of people who don't own a PC, not even a laptop! There's also many who do have a laptop but it's their workplace laptop (makes sense, not to get your own, if all you do is very casual stuff) and usually it's not allowed to install games on those. And there's also many who have really, really old hardware.
Statia IMO is targeted at the casual market first, the kind of people who would otherwise be happy with just mobile games, or who have/want a console but they think it's not worth it financially. And secondly it's targeted also at gaming enthusiasts that can't spend too much on their hardware and games (and that covers a very large proportion of gamers sadly).

And there's also a smaller issue there but I don't think it matters too much for most people: Owning ("owning", sure) all your games in one single place. It's part (possibly the biggest part) why people are so displeased with Epic Games.
Now I know most won't go to such great lengths to keep their games centralised, and that many probably don't care at all, but there is value in offering people a game that's easily accesible and in this case one that they don't have to pay extra for - for existing customers and for potential new ones alike.
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