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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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Purple Library Guy 14 February 2020 at 10:06 pm UTC
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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
Well, they don't have to use Stadia exclusively. I think the idea is, people would use Stadia for Stadia exclusives because they have no choice, and maybe increasingly for a few other games as games are added, and they'd still use Steam the rest of the time. Gradually over time Google would hope for the Stadia libraries to grow and maybe for people to spend more time with Stadia games because of, say, the convenience of being able to continue the same game from different locations or something (although I suppose cloud saves on Steam would get you that anyway), and thus over a few years for people's libraries of Stadia games to gradually supplant other ones.
I have doubts it will work, but I presume that's the idea--you don't have to do a hard cutover.

Quoteand 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.
Yet. There are no ads yet. For how many years were there no ads in Youtube videos?


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mylka 15 February 2020 at 12:45 am UTC
stadia needs to have very big exclusiv titles to get customers

i havent tried stadia yet, but some games on NOW
apex, crew, assassins creed, mad max,... they work pretty good and it is free for 1 hour sessions

if i want stadia i have to buy at least the games

i hope NOW comes to linux soon, then i stick with it.
i appreciate that google uses linux for stadia, but for now i think its best, if we theoretically can stream all games from steam, uplay, epic, origin, etc instead of waiting for ports on stadia and have to pay twice

for me the latency wasnt that bad. maybe some win users come to linux, if they can stream fortnite and apex... both are not on staida for now
orochi_kyo 15 February 2020 at 1:55 am UTC
Lag will be always there no matter if you have 1GB download/ upload of the internet.
You cant defy physics thinking your Internet speed will be ignoring the fact you are playing in a computer that is in another city, country or even continent.
Stadia is a service for rich kids, living in first-world cities, the fact is it seems these rich kids can actually buy a PC good enough to run any game without the hassle of adding more delay to the gaming formula.

Now I can imagine people blaming lag in a split-screen competitive game. LOL. Surely Cloud gaming is here at least for the memes.

It is bogus or dummy thinking Windows users will come to Linux because Apex and Fortnite players would have the chance of playing those games on Linux, they are already playing them very nice on Windows. Why would they install Linux?

Stadia will bring nobody to Linux, it just makes some games to be available for the platform, games that work really well on Windows already.

The only chance I see for cloud gaming is the fact there are more gamers, with every newborn child becoming a gamer because gaming is so attached to popular culture, more users, more chance of getting a player base.

UNLESS you are ignoring the fact that most ISP are looking for charging extra bucks to those users who download tons of stuff on home Internet connections as they do with phone ones. Also since the neutrality of the internet is in danger we could see ISP providers charging extra money to users or companies for the use of their network... So it seems with all these things happenings that having your fav games in your hard disk is still your best choice.
Purple Library Guy 15 February 2020 at 11:25 am UTC
orochi_kyoLag will be always there no matter if you have 1GB download/ upload of the internet.
You cant defy physics thinking your Internet speed will be ignoring the fact you are playing in a computer that is in another city, country or even continent.
Well, if you're in a place with last-mile fiber and otherwise good internet infrastructure you could come pretty close. Plus, Google's strength for this is, it has servers bloody everywhere so the distance won't be that far. So it should work great in South Korea. Not sure about anywhere else.
mylka 15 February 2020 at 1:19 pm UTC
orochi_kyoLag will be always there no matter if you have 1GB download/ upload of the internet.
You cant defy physics thinking your Internet speed will be ignoring the fact you are playing in a computer that is in another city, country or even continent.
Stadia is a service for rich kids, living in first-world cities, the fact is it seems these rich kids can actually buy a PC good enough to run any game without the hassle of adding more delay to the gaming formula.

this is such a big nonsense
have you tried it? i got a 100Mbit/s connection and i am definitely not rich. as i said NOW works great and the imput lag isnt noticeable
if you play it for fun it is very playable

i cant tell about you ISP, but i have unlimited download. i download almost 1TB a month and they dont care
they have to get used to it, because i watch a lot of youtube videos and netflix.. so whats the difference? it doesnt matter if i watch a movie on netflix, or stream a game.. in both cases i stream a lot of pictures

i heard some people, that they would switch to linux, if they could play all games. doesnt have to be fortnite, or apex
why would they switch? BECAUSE LINUX ISNT A SPYWARE LIKE WIN10
mirv 15 February 2020 at 1:38 pm UTC
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Internet connections vary greatly from country to country. Data caps, speed, latency, cost, etc.
In Australia (anywhere), yes for Stadia you would need to pay a bit more. In say London, perhaps not.
I've even seen contracts with unlimited data for non-commercial use, meaning the ISP investigates if you're using "too much".

It's not so cut & dry sadly.
Liam Dawe 16 February 2020 at 11:05 am UTC
mirvInternet connections vary greatly from country to country. Data caps, speed, latency, cost, etc.
In Australia (anywhere), yes for Stadia you would need to pay a bit more. In say London, perhaps not.
I've even seen contracts with unlimited data for non-commercial use, meaning the ISP investigates if you're using "too much".

It's not so cut & dry sadly.
Indeed, you can get an internet service in the UK that will run Stadia happily for ~£20 a month with no limits to the data. It's of course not the same for every country but the internet tech is here already, just not everywhere and over time these cloud gaming services absolutely will force ISP's to adapt if they continue to get bigger and more popular - just like video streaming did as it got massive.

I've had Stadia now for ~3 months and the only single issue I've had was last night, where the game crashed. I reloaded and was put right back where I was within about 15 seconds - it works, plain and simple.
mirv 16 February 2020 at 11:38 am UTC
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mirvInternet connections vary greatly from country to country. Data caps, speed, latency, cost, etc.
In Australia (anywhere), yes for Stadia you would need to pay a bit more. In say London, perhaps not.
I've even seen contracts with unlimited data for non-commercial use, meaning the ISP investigates if you're using "too much".

It's not so cut & dry sadly.
Indeed, you can get an internet service in the UK that will run Stadia happily for ~£20 a month with no limits to the data. It's of course not the same for every country but the internet tech is here already, just not everywhere and over time these cloud gaming services absolutely will force ISP's to adapt if they continue to get bigger and more popular - just like video streaming did as it got massive.

I've had Stadia now for ~3 months and the only single issue I've had was last night, where the game crashed. I reloaded and was put right back where I was within about 15 seconds - it works, plain and simple.

In my area there's no competition, so the only thing worthwhile (for me) is very costly: near £60 now and they like to increase it as often as possible. The moment someone else becomes available, I jump ship.

Curious about game stability, but if there's only been that one issue in 3 months, that's pretty good. I hope all games are as good. Perhaps that's another Stadia benefit: forcing games to be more stable before going into customer hands. Really hope that carries through to desktop.
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