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Google have confirmed the Stadia launch date is November 19

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Stadia, Google's new fancy Linux-powered game streaming service is officially set to launch on November 19, that is if you forked out for the expensive Stadia Founder's Edition.

In the blog post over on Google, written by John Justice the "Vice President of Product, Stadia", they mention that the Founder's Edition should start arriving on doorsteps on November 19. From then, you will be able to buy and play games beginning at 4PM UTC and it will work across devices right away (so you don't need to use that fancy Chromecast Ultra). As long as your Linux PC has a Chrome browser installed, it should work fine.

However, there's an important note included to say that they will be shipped out "in the same order that pre-orders were received". So if your country still had them available yesterday and you ordered, you're probably in for a wait. Justice said once your package ships, you will then get an email and sometime shortly after a code to activate it all.

As a reminder, while Stadia is a game streaming service it's not like Netflix since you do still need to buy the games just like you would on Steam or GOG. The "Pro" subscription at around £8.99 / $9.99 a month gives you 4K, surround sound, discounts and the occasional free game. The Base Stadia account is not a subscription but it's not free, since again you buy games.

We have a Stadia Founder's Edition ordered to cover here, so keep an eye out later next month to see what we think of it. Well, whenever our unit arrives anyway, we're probably way back in the queue due to when we confirmed our order.

Google also put out a quick overview video today too:

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There was a note in the video that you can only use the Stadia Controller in wireless mode with the Chromecast Ultra on a TV at launch, although wired mode and other gamepads/keyboard will work fine on PC.

Apart from the launch date and the note about shipping based on the order queue, no other info was given out. They also didn't mention if anyone can buy a Stadia Pro subscription then or if everyone else just has to wait until next year when Stadia rolls out fully.

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BrazilianGamer 15 October 2019 at 6:43 pm UTC
Question. Will it work on Chromium?
Liam Dawe 15 October 2019 at 6:46 pm UTC
BrazilianGamerQuestion. Will it work on Chromium?
Possibly not. Will be able to test hopefully next month.
The_Aquabat 15 October 2019 at 6:49 pm UTC
Quoteand it will work across devices right away (so you don't need to use that fancy Chromecast Ultra). As long as your Linux PC has a Chrome browser installed, it should work fine.

I don't get this it should work on normal chrome browser even on android phones??. So then it should work in a normal Chromecast UH?


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 15 October 2019 at 6:50 pm UTC
The_Aquabat 15 October 2019 at 6:59 pm UTC
I guess when they mean selected smartphones that will surely mean something around the lines of android PIE or higher which is great because any well known cell phone can be rooted and upgraded to lineage os.

the bummer though is that you can't root chromecast devices.


Last edited by The_Aquabat on 15 October 2019 at 7:06 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 15 October 2019 at 7:00 pm UTC
chancho_zombie
Quoteand it will work across devices right away (so you don't need to use that fancy Chromecast Ultra). As long as your Linux PC has a Chrome browser installed, it should work fine.

I don't get this it should work on normal chrome browser even on android phones??. So then it should work in a normal Chromecast UH?
From what I read somewhere, it's because the original Chromecast doesn't support VP9.
The_Aquabat 15 October 2019 at 7:12 pm UTC
Liam Dawe
chancho_zombie
Quoteand it will work across devices right away (so you don't need to use that fancy Chromecast Ultra). As long as your Linux PC has a Chrome browser installed, it should work fine.

I don't get this it should work on normal chrome browser even on android phones??. So then it should work in a normal Chromecast UH?
From what I read somewhere, it's because the original Chromecast doesn't support VP9.

I still don't get it. Wasn't stadia supposed to be interconnected with youtube?? I can stream from my linux pc with chrome or from my android phone to my chromecast, why should it be any different? I guess will have to wait to know the details why this is not possible.
Desum 15 October 2019 at 7:46 pm UTC
Oh goodie. The ultimate DRM and censorship scheme. I'm so excited this is being warmly received because the servers happen to be running on Linux.
Liam Dawe 15 October 2019 at 7:51 pm UTC
DesumOh goodie. The ultimate DRM and censorship scheme. I'm so excited this is being warmly received because the servers happen to be running on Linux.
I totally understand your concerns here, I really do, I pointed out the issues with it numerous times already. It's not just that it runs Linux, it runs on Linux too with Chrome so it can help plug another gap in gaming for those who want it. Still, not entirely sure who their market is exactly...


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 15 October 2019 at 7:58 pm UTC
Desum 15 October 2019 at 7:57 pm UTC
Liam Dawe
DesumOh goodie. The ultimate DRM and censorship scheme. I'm so excited this is being warmly received because the servers happen to be running on Linux.
I totally understand you concerns here, I really do, I pointed out the issues with it numerous times already. It's not just that it runs Linux, it runs on Linux with Chrome too so it can help plug another gap in gaming for those who want it. Still, not entirely sure who their market is exactly...


Is it worth it? Here is what game steaming/GAAS costs us: Unauthorized mods, unauthorized games in general, the ability to get data files for neat little things like OpenMW and OpenLara, the GUARANTEE you can keep playing the game you paid for as far as the service goes, and the ability to play a bloody thing when the internet happens to be on the fritz.
preludelinux 15 October 2019 at 7:59 pm UTC
I am not liking what i am seeing here. you get to buy games and pay for a streaming service (premium) ... so its like renting games to stream and not being able to download them. if the service goes belly up you lose all your games and investment. its a perfect DRM to lock you in to using only there central services. i see this being a strong DRM platform. Long Term how will this work out with games and the cost to have the newest video cards etc even for google to run this in the data center ... sounds like a loss. also now i see why there not actively wanting this to equal more linux games its the ultimate vendor lock in. if the base service is free google is looking to make money from the game sales, so the main focus is to lock you into there new DRM platform where you buy games but you don't own the games outside there platform. this gives a ton of power to google. this can also locks in gaming companies to this new DRM they will be even less likely to support other systems.

If this was a streaming service like Netflix it would be a little different because with streaming you dont have to buy each game nor think about ownership and overall would be the better way to go. psnow is more like this and some games you can download now as long as you pay your sub you can play the games it gives you access too.
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