A few bits of big news to go over for Stadia followers on Linux, as there's new games released, free games, games on sale and a whole lot more.
Firstly, time is running out to spend the $10 / £10 credit that Stadia Pro users get as this will vanish in January 2021. This is the same credit they've had up for some time now so if you've already used it - there's no more but a reminder for anyone that hasn't.
Want some free games? Stadia Pro subscribers can claim the newly released Stadia title Cthulhu Saves Christmas. Additionally, Stadia Pro subs can also now claim the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds – Breakthrough Edition bundle.
The Stadia team has also revealed what's coming to Stadia Pro in January 2021:
- F1 2020 - Open-wheel racing at its finest!
- Hotline Miami - A fast, visceral top-down shooter that rewards the quick and punishes the hesitant.
- Figment - A musical journey through the mind.
- Ary and the Secret of Seasons - A colorful action-RPG that encourages you to explore a mysterious world.
Sadly though, a few titles will be leaving Stadia Pro and so they will need to be purchased normally on Stadia if you do not claim them before the end of December 2020. The titles leaving Pro are: Celeste, Dead by Daylight, Embr, GYLT, Risk of Rain 2, and Rock of Ages III.
Additionally, these titles got released into the Stadia store:
- Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - Team up and take down the haunted ruins of the ancient world in this co-op take on Tomb Raider. Buy it on the Stadia store.
- Enter the Gungeon - Shoot gun-related things with other bigger guns. Buy it on the Stadia store.
- Reigns - Rule a kingdom one card at a time in this inventive blend of a god game and a card game. Purchase it on the Stadia store.
Stadia also has its own big holiday sale, with tons of huge titles discounted. Not only that, anyone (Stadia Pro not required) can claim Crayta: Premium Edition completely free to keep (100% off) until January 5. Don't know what Crayta is? It's like Roblox with Fortnite style graphics - a game where people make games, and lots of people play online together.
To add to all that, it seems Google has now expanded again, and they're letting people sign up and test for at least 30 minutes before any payment info is required. They still clearly want people to subscribe to Stadia Pro, and you get a free month but needing people to cancel that is a bit of a nuisance. Hopefully that will be relaxed even further as time goes on.
You can play Stadia on Linux through a Chromium browser on Stadia.com.
The experience so far has been really better than I expected. So far no lags, no disconnects, stable experience, easy launch. On top of that, no disk space used, no downloads required.
Due to my system growing old, and me being reluctant to replace it, if it makes it to actually have enough titles.. why not. I'm not really in on the game streaming, I keep thinking how often I really have time to replay a game (except of KCD, DA:O and M&B Warband which I got combined more than 1k hours played).
Only thing which bugs me is that my KDE tray keeps popping up when I press escape to exit an in-game menu ... there may be some workaround, but it annoys me (my workaround is hitting the windows button twice :D).
For me playing on linux a streaming concept could work. My setup changed moving to one place with my better half, I'll in future only have a work laptop with docking station and no gaming PC any longer, so remote rendering and a good connection may get me rid of my gaming rig. I'd prefer it coming from Valve though. Just personal preference, also considering what they did sponsor in the Linux gaming marked I'd like to keep giving them some love back. But that will need Valve to get the gears turning and bringing out some serious hit in that direction.
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