Stadia now has more games available with the release of The Division 2 and the latest expansion, plus DOOM Eternal arrives on it this week. A quick look round-up of Stadia game streaming news.
With The Division 2, the Stadia version comes with built-in support for Stadia's unique Stream Connect feature. This is where when you team up with others, you can all see each others screen in real-time, which does open up multiplayer games in an interesting way. It's also cross-platform against Windows and cross-progression with all platforms.
Here's a quick look of it running on Linux:
A note about refunds too: When picking up The Division 2 as a good testing game for Stadia, it later went on sale. Turns out getting refunds for Stadia games takes a few clicks, and then it's basically instant. A refund had been approved before I could even click the Thunderbird icon to check for an email about it. At least when it comes to that side of customer service, Google's Stadia seems to do well.
Later this week on March 20, DOOM Eternal also launches on Stadia for $59.99 USD (UK/EU price wasn't given).
For anyone in right now through the Founder/Premier Editions or a Buddy Pass, there's also a bunch of games discounted across this week including: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Just Dance 2020, The Division 2 and Trials Rising.
I'm expecting now that Google will properly launch Stadia Base in either April or May. Since they've now rolled out 4K in the web, you can access captured shots and videos in the web and they actually have a few reasonably good games on it too and by then likely a good few more. Once Stadia Base is open for anyone to register, login and pick up a game, I'm very keen to see how the narrative around Stadia changes (if at all).
What they really need though, is a couple popular free to play titles to show it off a bit.
Being able to load up Chromium on my Manjaro Linux desktop or my Ubuntu Linux laptop, hit a button and then get a AAA game working in such a way is still a very strange experience. I'm still personally quite divided on how I feel about it. The convenience of it is brilliant that's for sure but there's still a lot of unease about how Google will handle it over time.