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It might still be rough but Google's Stadia game streaming service is starting to pull in more games, with a bunch being announced today that look interesting.

Firstly and perhaps unsurprisingly, The Serious Sam Collection which will blend Serious Sam 1-3 into a single experience was announced for Stadia. Not surprising since Croteam spent a lot of time getting Vulkan support in with Serious Sam Fusion, plus Alen Ladavac co-founder of Croteam went over to Stadia. No exact date yet for The Serious Sam Collection.

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Also announced is Lost Words: Beyond the Page, which is a "First on Stadia" title which seems to be the branding Google are going with for their limited-time exclusives.

Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a narrative-driven, atmospheric puzzler set inside the pages of a young girl's diary. With a story written by Rhianna Pratchett that's in development by Sketchbook Games and published by Modus Games - coming in the "Spring".

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They also announced Panzer Dragoon: Remake that is apparently "true to the original", Stacks on Stacks (on Stacks) - another First on Stadia and Spitlings - yet another First on Stadia. You can see all the announcements for Stadia right here.

Stadia has a huge amount of competition so they're going to need plenty of games. NVIDIA's own GeForce Now service actually launched recently too, to then quickly have Activision Blizzard pull all their games from it—ouch! However Google already have NVIDIA beat in one respect which is Linux support since Stadia works on Linux, GeForce Now currently does not. There's also reports that Microsoft have teamed up with Samsung for the xCloud streaming service and Amazon will eventually fully announce their own too. I'm also anxious to find out what Steam Cloud Gaming will end up as.

Game streaming is here to stay it seems. While it may never replace traditional downloads like Steam/GOG/itch and so on for a lot of people, it's definitely got the convenience factor as long as you have good internet.

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Xaero_Vincent 14 February 2020 at 12:34 am UTC
With Anti-Cheat systems unsupported by Proton and Wine and used by the hottest games right now, cloud gaming is a very viable option for us Linux gamers.

It sucks that Blizzard / Activision pulled out of GeForce Now but it isn't a loss for us, since Overwatch, WOW, Starcraft 2, and Diablo III all work fine in Wine + Lutris. The only real loss for us was Call of Duty franchise, since the newer games don't work in Wine; That said, I can live without that hugely 'over-milked' game franchise.

Maybe Stadia will get these games removed from GeForce Now?

GeForce Now has an impressive list of games supported, including many anti-cheat enabled free-to-play titles:

https://www.gfnlist.com/

GeForce Now is unsupported on Linux and doesn't work in Anbox, Wine, or even a Windows VM but there is a way to make the Android client work in a VM. I painstakingly wrote a guide on Reddit on how to do it for those that want to try it.

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux_gaming/comments/f0jkja/guide_geforce_now_app_on_linux/


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randomgamerguy1997 14 February 2020 at 12:39 am UTC
Xaero_VincentWith Anti-Cheat systems unsupported by Proton and Wine and used by the hottest games right now, cloud gaming is a very viable option for us Linux gamers.

Unless you have bad internet like I do.
Xaero_Vincent 14 February 2020 at 1:20 am UTC
randomgamerguy1997
Xaero_VincentWith Anti-Cheat systems unsupported by Proton and Wine and used by the hottest games right now, cloud gaming is a very viable option for us Linux gamers.

Unless you have bad internet like I do.

Well GeForce Now has a minimum requirement of 15 Mbps; I currently have 40 Mbps VDSL service in my home.

That said, I did notice that you can lower the max streaming bit-rate all the way down to 4 Mbps in the Android app. So perhaps it can work on slow internet at 720p30 @ 4 Mbps as long as your internet speed is at least a bit above 4 Mbps?

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melkemind 14 February 2020 at 1:21 am UTC
I hope Google learns from Nvidia and starts offering a away to play games you already have in your Steam/GOG libraries rather than having to buy online-only versions of those games.
Shmerl 14 February 2020 at 2:12 am UTC
QuoteHowever Google already have NVIDIA beat in one respect which is Linux support since Stadia works on Linux, GeForce Now currently does not.

More importantly, Stadia actually runs Linux, while Geforce Now runs Windows. Not something Linux gamers should be striving to support.

melkemindI hope Google learns from Nvidia and starts offering a away to play games you already have in your Steam/GOG libraries rather than having to buy online-only versions of those games.

For whatever reason, Google decided not to use Wine, so they are only adding native games which will be a slow process. If anything, I expect Valve to roll out some streaming service where Wine will be used to expand the library of native Linux games. After all, they directly invested into Wine / Proton development.


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Xaero_Vincent 14 February 2020 at 3:01 am UTC
Stadia definitely needs to embrace Wine w/ DXVK to increase the game selection.

The biggest problem is you have to buy the games AGAIN to play them on Stadia and if Google decides to remove the games or cancel their service, you're out the $60 or whatever you've spent on the games.

Yeah, I hope Valve hops onto the Streaming bandwagon. They already have Remote Play that works over the Internet and on a LAN and the next logical step is to offer cloud servers to stream the games.


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mirv 14 February 2020 at 9:44 am UTC
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I wonder if game streaming will end up like video: multiple services to subscribe to if you want all the games you're going to play.
I can see that being attempted, but not sure it work since it would just drive everyone to local gaming.
Guess we'll see how it all unfolds.
Linuxwarper 14 February 2020 at 9:17 pm UTC
I am hoping Valve's Steam Cloud will come out soon. It will be very hard for me to use Stadia. Knowing I am paying or using a service from a company that would overthrow Linux, with their ChromeOS, and that often censors their services isn't okay with me. Valve on other hand seems to be fair. Even if you are skeptical to my "claims", you can already see Stadia is not much better than EGS in that they engage in exclusivity too. Which is a bad thing in general for gaming on PC.

I've tested Remote Play (more) and it will be a decent solution when I need to stream. That said, if Stadia's success will bring alot improvements to Linux ecosystem (particularly Desktop), then I am all for it. It's understandable to me though if anyone on Linux uses Stadia, afterall it lets you play games you couldn't otherwise and you are still using Linux for that.

EDIT: And if Google wanted positivity both for ChromeOS and Desktop Linux, they would encourage developers to not only provide their games via streaming on both platforms, but also local versions. But they aren't doing that...


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mylka 14 February 2020 at 9:30 pm UTC
melkemindI hope Google learns from Nvidia and starts offering a away to play games you already have in your Steam/GOG libraries rather than having to buy online-only versions of those games.

they have to, or else i dont see a reason why anyone should use stadia

and nvidia has to support more platforms, or put it into a browser

i still wonder how they can offer it for free. there are no ads. just waiting time sometimes
mirv 14 February 2020 at 9:42 pm UTC
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mylka
melkemindI hope Google learns from Nvidia and starts offering a away to play games you already have in your Steam/GOG libraries rather than having to buy online-only versions of those games.

they have to, or else i dont see a reason why anyone should use stadia

and nvidia has to support more platforms, or put it into a browser

i still wonder how they can offer it for free. there are no ads. just waiting time sometimes

There are reasons why Google wouldn't stream games you already have from their systems, not the least of which is that most games aren't setup for it. Google are not offering a generic, stream what you want service. Games are tailored to their hardware, and presumably they'll insist on some measure of quality.

I don't mean streaming your own games wouldn't be cool, but I see that being controlled by your own hardware. I don't see it as a goal for Stadia though.
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