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As Google move ever closer to finally opening up Stadia to everyone, they continue building up their collection of streaming games with three titles out for April's Pro subs and two new titles announced for release. Time for another Stadia round-up.

For a reminder: right now you can get the Serious Sam Collection, Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks) and Spitlings free as part of Stadia Pro if you kept up your subscription. Thumper is also staying for another month, after it previously due to leave Stadia Pro on March 31 and Metro Exodus has now left Stadia Pro so anyone else would need to buy it.

Also announced recently are two more racing games that will be releasing on Stadia this year with: MotoGP20 which appears to be releasing on April 23 and Monster Jam Steel Titans with no date yet. Just today Google also announced two more games coming to Stadia this year. One of these is the musical Just Shapes & Beats which is already out on other platforms (desktop Linux included) and the manic looking 2v2 game Gunsport which is a 'First on Stadia' title:

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Google still won't say when Stadia Base will be available to all, it's a bit ridiculous really that even now you still cannot even view the Stadia store without an account. Once they do say, we will let you know. Google might want to hurry up though, as not only are they facing off against NVIDIA GeForce Now which sadly isn't supported on Linux and same again with Microsoft's Project xCloud we also have Amazon set to enter the cloud gaming race with Project Tempo so competition is getting intense already.

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Shmerl 2 April 2020 at 5:23 pm UTC
We should make a wiki somewhere, for games that came out for desktop Linux due to coming to Stadia first. That's really the main interest in Stadia for me for now.


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rustybroomhandle 2 April 2020 at 5:59 pm UTC
Sadly for them, I think Stadia have already lost the cloud gaming war.

ShmerlWe should make a wiki somewhere, for games that came out for desktop Linux due to coming to Stadia first. That's really the main interest in Stadia for me for now.

Metro Exodus is the only confirmed-to-be-in-worked-on one.
Shmerl 2 April 2020 at 6:35 pm UTC
rustybroomhandleSadly for them, I think Stadia have already lost the cloud gaming war.

Why would they? They have more expertise than other cloud gaming providers. Nvidia is nowhere a competitor to Google in this sense, not even close. And Nvidia aren't even trying to compete with them in the sense of offering games. They simply offer cloud VMs (Windows only for that matter). So it's a different service in a sense.

Google actually enable multiplayer games that are based on their platform. Nvidia doesn't have anything like that. I'd say Google's main competitor in this sense is Amazon, not Nvidia.


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rustybroomhandle 2 April 2020 at 9:27 pm UTC
Shmerl
rustybroomhandleSadly for them, I think Stadia have already lost the cloud gaming war.

Why would they? They have more expertise than other cloud gaming providers. Nvidia is nowhere a competitor to Google in this sense, not even close. And Nvidia aren't even trying to compete with them in the sense of offering games. They simply offer cloud VMs (Windows only for that matter). So it's a different service in a sense.

Google actually enable multiplayer games that are based on their platform. Nvidia doesn't have anything like that. I'd say Google's main competitor in this sense is Amazon, not Nvidia.

The NVidia option lets you play way more games than Stadia does. Of all the options, Stadia is the weakest.
Shmerl 2 April 2020 at 9:39 pm UTC
rustybroomhandleThe NVidia option lets you play way more games than Stadia does. Of all the options, Stadia is the weakest.

That doesn't matter. They simply offer you a VM where you can play your Windows games (which you already bought on Steam and such). Google offer something different - a platform to make new games. I'd say Nvidia isn't even a competitor, they are a different category service. The only comparable thing I see is something like Amazon's Lumberyard backend (not Lumberyard itself). Amazon just need to tune it for running actual rendering on the server.

The difference is important. I.e. Stadia allows making games that can't run on a desktop, they need server infrastructure. Nvidia doesn't offer that and it doesn't look like they plan to.


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Purple Library Guy 2 April 2020 at 11:54 pm UTC
Shmerl
rustybroomhandleThe NVidia option lets you play way more games than Stadia does. Of all the options, Stadia is the weakest.

That doesn't matter. They simply offer you a VM where you can play your Windows games (which you already bought on Steam and such). Google offer something different - a platform to make new games. I'd say Nvidia isn't even a competitor, they are a different category service. The only comparable thing I see is something like Amazon's Lumberyard backend (not Lumberyard itself). Amazon just need to tune it for running actual rendering on the server.

The difference is important. I.e. Stadia allows making games that can't run on a desktop, they need server infrastructure. Nvidia doesn't offer that and it doesn't look like they plan to.
This is all no doubt true but I'm not sure how much it matters to the average prospective customer.
Shmerl 3 April 2020 at 12:03 am UTC
Purple Library GuyThis is all no doubt true but I'm not sure how much it matters to the average prospective customer.

I'm talking about Google. For customer it means there will be games on Stadia that aren't possible to run on Geforce Now. That alone is already a differentiator that will bring them users.

My point is, they aren't really competing 1:1, so I don't buy the argument that Google are doing something wrong in comparison with other stream services or they are behind them. They are actually ahead and they are doing something different.


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Purple Library Guy 3 April 2020 at 2:39 am UTC
Shmerl
Purple Library GuyThis is all no doubt true but I'm not sure how much it matters to the average prospective customer.

I'm talking about Google. For customer it means there will be games on Stadia that aren't possible to run on Geforce Now. That alone is already a differentiator that will bring them users.

My point is, they aren't really competing 1:1, so I don't buy the argument that Google are doing something wrong in comparison with other stream services or they are behind them. They are actually ahead and they are doing something different.
I expect there will at some point be such games. But there ain't any yet, so for now there's no differentiator in sight. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. And even when there are, there may not be very many, and they may or may not be games that tons of people want.
The open question remains, I think, how long Google are willing to carry this thing before it gets to where they hope it will get.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 3 April 2020 at 2:40 am UTC
Shmerl 3 April 2020 at 3:00 am UTC
Google clearly know the above, so I assume they aren't planning to drop it because of their own approach, that would be weird. Though given their past history, anything can happen.
elmapul 3 April 2020 at 3:25 pm UTC
Shmerl
Purple Library GuyThis is all no doubt true but I'm not sure how much it matters to the average prospective customer.

I'm talking about Google. For customer it means there will be games on Stadia that aren't possible to run on Geforce Now. That alone is already a differentiator that will bring them users.

My point is, they aren't really competing 1:1, so I don't buy the argument that Google are doing something wrong in comparison with other stream services or they are behind them. They are actually ahead and they are doing something different.

google having their own games will only means that people may buy thier exclusives, and exclusive features wont sell the platform alone
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