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Today, Google went back to YouTube to show off an impressive list of games coming to their Stadia game streaming service, which we already know is powered by Debian Linux and Vulkan.

As a reminder, Google said not to see Stadia as if it was the "Netflix of games", as it's clearly not. Stadia Base requires you to buy all your games as normal, with Stadia Pro ($9.99 monthly) giving you a trickle of free games to access on top of 4K and surround sound support.

Focusing on some newly announced games that will be coming to Stadia, along with fresh trailers for previously announced titles, today's Connect event packed quite the punch. Here's some more titles that were mentioned:

  • Attack on Titan 2 Final Battle - Omega Force
  • Borderlands 3 - Gearbox
  • Cyberpunk 2077 - CD Projekt
  • DOOM Eternal - id Software
  • Darksiders Genesis - Airship Syndicate
  • Destroy All Humans! (remake) - THQ Nordic
  • Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Edition - Giants Software
  • GRID - Codemasters
  • Gods and Monsters - Ubisoft
  • Kine - Gwen Frey
  • Mortal Kombat 11 - NetherRealm Studios
  • Orcs Must Die 3 - Robot Entertainment
  • SUPERHOT + SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE - SUPERHOT Team
  • Samurai Showdown - SNK
  • The Elder Scrolls Online - ZeniMax Online Studios
  • Watch Dogs Legion - Ubisoft
  • Windjammers 2 - DotEmu

You can see the cut-down recap below:

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Or if you prefer it, the full 40 minute presentation is available here.

Stadia is going to launch in November, with access being granted to around 14 countries. Currently, the only way to actually get in is to purchase the Founder's Edition with everyone else getting access next year. The Founder's Edition comes with a Chromecast Ultra, three months Stadia Plus, an exclusive Night Blue Stadia Controller and more. It's not cheap though, at around $129/£119.

How do you feel about Stadia currently, will you be giving it a go? Since it will work on Linux in any Chrome browser, I remain quite interested to try it out even if I have plenty of reservations about the service itself. Either way, it's yet another way to play AAA titles on Linux.

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14 20 August 2019 at 7:55 am UTC
The games in the list that interest me are Cyberpunk and ESO. Protondb says that ESO runs great (a game I already own from the Windows days). Playing Cyberpunk as a streaming game feels like a huge risk to the experience.

I'm interested but leery.

Silver lining? Stadia is more fuel against the (already untrue) statement that Linux can't play games.
bingus 20 August 2019 at 8:36 am UTC
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scaineI wonder what excuses developers/publishers will dream up to release on Stadia, but not release on Linux directly...? Pfff. They'll think of something, no doubt.

I imagine something like "our only supported Linux platform is Google stadia", followed by a suggestion to play it in a browser.
Dedale 20 August 2019 at 9:29 am UTC
scaineI'm a bit clearer on this now. I wonder what excuses developers/publishers will dream up to release on Stadia, but not release on Linux directly...? Pfff. They'll think of something, no doubt.

My guess is support costs for a small market share. That is probably why the Linux builds of World of Warcraft and DOOM 2016 were not released to the public.
poisond 20 August 2019 at 9:59 am UTC
I personally have zero interest in a game streaming service, but It'll be interesting to see if/how google manages to pull this of.
The combination of network+encoder+decoder latency plus bandwidth limitations should make this a rather sub-optimal experience.
etonbears 20 August 2019 at 1:56 pm UTC
Like most of you, I'm not particularly interested in streaming games. However, I CAN see why someone fortunate enough to have reliable network bandwidth and latency might be tempted. If your only use for a PC is to play games, the cost to an individual of purchasing and upgrading PC gaming hardware probably exceeds the Stadia subscription, and the player's running costs are lower. So the main target audience is probably the living-room players that Valve has also been trying to target.

The main plus that Stadia brings for Linux gaming is that it increases the importance of Vulkan as a back-end. Every new Windows game will be likely to have a D3D11/12 back-end so that it can support XBox. With Android and Stadia both using Vulkan, many Windows games will also have Vulkan back-ends, which makes them much more likely to work well under Linux/Wine, even if there is no direct port.

I am less than convinced that there will be many Stadia games extended to support generic Linux, so long as the user base remains so small. As with consoles, a Stadia game port targets a single hardware profile, and a single software stack; this makes it much easier to test and optimise at reasonable cost. That is quite different than the cost/revenue argument for a full Linux port, which would have to deal with port+support costs for many hardware combinations and inconsistent Linux graphics stacks.

It will be interesting to see if streaming is actually sustainable as a business model. I expect their hardware spend is a fraction of what you or I would have to pay, but there is still significant cost involved, particularly if they over-provision hardware to meet expected annual peaks in demand.


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grumpytoad 20 August 2019 at 7:59 pm UTC
I'm honestly quite surprised by all the negativity surrounding Stadia. Is it a walled-garden ? yes... but so are a lot of game systems - I don't remember any of my mates say that about their consoles, yet they've all got one. Did anyone say that about their music streaming service before they ditched their entire CD collection ?

As to the price, yes it's pricey - but so are video cards. You can make your own calculations, but on a personal level I've stopped buying the high-grade cards due to price, and the service allows you to switch to basically a laptop running an intel graphics chip and play the latest games out there.

I'm not going to discount it so quickly.
Purple Library Guy 20 August 2019 at 8:23 pm UTC
grumpytoadDid anyone say that about their music streaming service before they ditched their entire CD collection ?
I still mostly play music from my CD collection. I have minority eclectic picky tastes and streaming services just never really did what I wanted. And yes, feeling like it's actually my music that I know I can have whenever I want is a nice bonus.


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etonbears 20 August 2019 at 8:27 pm UTC
grumpytoadI'm honestly quite surprised by all the negativity surrounding Stadia. Is it a walled-garden ? yes... but so are a lot of game systems - I don't remember any of my mates say that about their consoles, yet they've all got one. Did anyone say that about their music streaming service before they ditched their entire CD collection ?

As to the price, yes it's pricey - but so are video cards. You can make your own calculations, but on a personal level I've stopped buying the high-grade cards due to price, and the service allows you to switch to basically a laptop running an intel graphics chip and play the latest games out there.

I'm not going to discount it so quickly.

Or even just a TV with a Chromecast dongle; some people can definitely make a financial case for it. But the service quality, real cost, and service longevity remain unknown, and all may be problematic. We'll see soon enough.
Dedale 20 August 2019 at 8:28 pm UTC
I did not ditch my music collection and i do not listen to streamed music. And i never owned a console.
KuJo 20 August 2019 at 9:12 pm UTC
I already pre-ordered the Founders Edition 1-2 months ago.
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