In their latest community update, the Stadia Team have given a small insight into what's coming to the Linux-powered game streaming service Stadia across 2020.
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They said "more than" 120 games will be coming to Stadia this year, more interestingly though they also mentioned that 10 will be arriving in the "first half of this year" that will "only" be on Stadia when they launch. So that's presumably some timed-exclusives they have going. No names were mentioned, so we just have to wait and see.
120 doesn't sound like a lot, when compared with how many launch per month on Steam but the difference here of course is how Google will be curating the selection to pull in big titles.
Over the next three months they will also be rolling out 4K support in the web browser, more Google Assistant features in the web browser, more Android phone support and finally wireless gameplay on the web browser with the official Stadia Controller.
Personally, I think unless Google will be rolling out Stadia Base soon the whole timed-exclusive thing doesn't make sense. What's Stadia Base? It's what everyone who doesn't pay for Stadia Pro will get, it's limited to 1080p but anyone can register an account and buy/play games at that point. So why pay for developers to release on Stadia first, when only people who purchase the Founder/Premier bundle can access? Since they mentioned the features coming in the next few months, I would expect Stadia Base to launch before the end of March to coincide with it working across a wider availability of devices.
Additionally, Tequila Works who developed the Stadia-exclusive Gylt spoke to GamesIndustry.biz and they sound quite positive about their experience working with Google. They went so far as to say Gylt had the "smoothest production for a Tequila Works game ever.". They also mentioned "a few features that are going to blow people's minds" when they launch on Stadia at some point.
For people in the UK, BT are currently offering a Stadia Premiere Edition (includes Chromecast Ultra, Stadia controller and Stadia Pro) with certain broadband bundles you can see here. From the press release:
We continually look to provide our customers with the most exciting products and experiences, and by partnering with Google on Stadia, we’re able to help them push the limits of gaming. We’re also investing in the UK’s fastest 4G, 5G and fibre networks, so our superfast home broadband service is the perfect accompaniment for those wanting to make the most from this innovative streaming gaming platform.Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division
The offer with BT runs until January 30, with it stopping and then starting again on February 7. It's an odd short break, perhaps between those dates is when Stadia Base will launch?
I've had a good personal experience with Stadia but I'm definitely wanting to know what Valve have planned, for whatever this Steam Cloud Gaming turns out to be. It could be a real headshot against Google if done right. Hopefully we find out soon.