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Google to reveal Stadia pricing, games, launch info and more on Thursday

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For those who are wanting to try out Google's Stadia game streaming service, a lot more details are going to be given out soon during Stadia Connect on Thursday.

Google are trying to get ahead of the game, with their event happening before this year's big E3 event. Stadia Connect will be happening on YouTube, which you can follow and set a reminder on this video. They've only teased what they will go over which will include pricing, games, and launch details. It's going to happen at 9AM PDT/6PM CET/5PM BST/4PM UTC.

Missed the big Stadia reveal? As a reminder, it's Google's new cloud gaming service powered by Linux and Vulkan:

I'm still quite excited about the idea of it and the convenience but there's tons of issues that will come with it, I don't want to sound like a broken record on it but they need to be mentioned: zero ownership, massive bandwidth use, if Google go down you lose access to your games (like how Google had a massive outage only recently), probably no modding support and so on.

As for the price, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a subscription service. I reckon, taking into consideration prices from others it will be between £10-20 per month.

For those interested, I will be watching and doing a small write-up of the details like with the original announcement.

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ajgp 4 June 2019 at 10:08 am UTC
I dont have enough free time to make a subscription gaming service worth it. My hope is that this will drive some more Linux Ports, or at the very least push Vulkan adoption so I can use Proton/Wine.
Desum 4 June 2019 at 10:36 am UTC
It literally doesn't matter that it's using Linux and Vulkan. You're running the game from Google's computers. This is a hard 'no thanks' from me; game streaming is the ULTIMATE walled-garden and DRM scheme.
Doc Angelo 4 June 2019 at 11:14 am UTC
ajgpI dont have enough free time to make a subscription gaming service worth it. My hope is that this will drive some more Linux Ports, or at the very least push Vulkan adoption so I can use Proton/Wine.

I really wish subscriptions services wouldn't be so fixed on monthly prices. What about daily? Or hourly? Even minutes are easy to do. Just pay for whatever you actually play and make fair prices. Why not making certain games €1/hour and some games €0.1/hour. That would be a story intensive short experience and a monster-grinder respectively.

There are so many options, yet the industry is fixed on monthly prices.
chancho_zombie 4 June 2019 at 11:36 am UTC
ajgpI dont have enough free time to make a subscription gaming service worth it. My hope is that this will drive some more Linux Ports, or at the very least push Vulkan adoption so I can use Proton/Wine.

it's clear that Google natural competitor is Microsoft pushing Linux wouldn't seem completely crazy. The enemy of my enemy is my friend...after all they are already doing this with chrome os.


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lqe5433 4 June 2019 at 11:37 am UTC
On old computers, laptops, TVs this is a possibility to play AAA games in 1080p.
liamdawe 4 June 2019 at 11:47 am UTC
lqe5433On old computers, laptops, TVs this is a possibility to play AAA games in 1080p.
Which is why I've no doubt it will gain traction quite easily, there's a lot of people out there who really don't care about background elements being a little blurry, to be able to pay a small sub and play AAA titles basically anywhere. There's also tons who don't give a crap about DRM, modding and so on. It will find an audience, I've no doubt about it.

For me, I'm curious about it but it likely will never become a major part of my gaming. However, I still think it will really help Vulkan adoption which in the end helps us too.
Nanobang 4 June 2019 at 11:48 am UTC
Google is a plague. This latest outbreak, Stadia, is just the latest ploy to harvest money and data from its dewy-eyed herd of human ruminants.

In spite of the big "Linux" and "Vulkan" logos in the picture, I've no doubt Google is just going to be using these as resources to be exploited and not as members of the Communities that created them. I remember everyone being all atwitter about Android being based on Linux, too.

Unless Stadia is only going to stream Linux games and only ones that use Vulkan, I just don't see how this is going to end up being anything that will benefit the Linux Gaming Community. Admittedly, time will tell.

Still, until we know more, I'm glad Liam is keeping us abreast of the latest news on Google's latest in utero scam.


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legluondunet 4 June 2019 at 12:13 pm UTC
The streaming games will soon replace all known games format we know: CD, DVD, digital, consoles...
For the dev/publisher it's an evolution: less support, the game just work for everyone the same way, less development: you develop your game for one platform, the server it is installed on, that's all.
For the gamers it's an evolution too: click and play, the console mind, you don't need to tweak during several hours...no update to install...just play instantly, whatever the platform.
Mohandevir 4 June 2019 at 12:46 pm UTC
Peronnally I will probably use Stadia, if the subscription plan is flexible enough, to play games I can't play on my Linux rig. I'm a big fan of the Steam Link app, on my Nvidia Shield which is, by far, the best client I ever tried (and I've tried a lot of them). I'd be really surprised if Stadia was of better quality than that (local streaming vs streaming from internet).

GeForce now is a good alternative for streaming my Steam library from Nvidia's servers, but it seems to run on Windows instances... Yuk!

Now, if Steam could offer something similar to Stadia on a "Stream your Steam library" model. It might ease a part of the 30% cut critics.


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slaapliedje 4 June 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
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MohandevirPeronnally I will probably use Stadia, if the subscription plan is flexible enough, to play games I can't play on my Linux rig. I'm a big fan of the Steam Link app, on my Nvidia Shield which is, by far, the best client I ever tried (and I've tried a lot of them). I'd be really surprised if Stadia was of better quality than that (local streaming vs streaming from internet).

GeForce now is a good alternative for streaming my Steam library from Nvidia's servers, but it seems to run on Windows instances... Yuk!

Now, if Steam could offer something similar to Stadia on a "Stream your Steam library" model. It might ease a part of the 30% cut critics.
Love my Steam Links. They pushed out an update even, not too long ago.

I trust Google about as much as I trust a fart not to stink. Wonder if this will just end up like the playstation plus, where you get some free games each month, but have to pay for the subscription plus whichever game you want to not actually own.
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