Are you a PC gamer?
If you are, chances are that you have a Steam or Origin account.
The gaming industry has pretty much moved on from physical disks.
Gone are the days where you had to run down to physical gaming stores to purchase the latest video games.
While the thrill and excitement of having the case in your hands as you jog home is pretty satisfying, nothing beats the convenience of online gaming clients that Steam, Origin, Bethesda Launcher, GOG Galaxy, and many more offer.
They had revolutionised the gaming industry and propelled it forward into a new age.
But Now, People Are Looking For Something New
However, even that revolution was many years ago. People have gotten used to it by now, and are perhaps started to look for something new.
Maybe you’re tired of purchasing new games over and over.
You just want them all.
It’s kind of like movies or TV shows, right? You don’t want to buy individual shows. You might prefer paying a flat price to own them all. It should be possible; after all Netflix did it.
Well, if that was what you thought, you were right.
The revolution is here.
The Netflix For Games – Google Stadia
Stadia is one of the new genius ideas to have been released from Google’s think tank, and people are expecting to be the next revolution of the gaming industry.
It has been announced to be a cloud gaming service where people could stream video games up to 4K resolution at 60FPS with support for HDR (High-dynamic-range), which will be accessible through the Google Chrome internet browser and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a phones.
Stadia has also been integrated with YouTube, allowing viewers on a Stadia stream to launch a game on Stadia on the same save state as the streamer.
What Games Does It Have?
I know what you’re thinking.
What games does it have in its library?
While the total amount is still unconfirmed, there are many huge and popular video games confirmed to be included.
Here are just some of them, and it’s already huge:
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Ghost Recon Breakpoint
- Get Packed
- The Division 2
- Destiny 2
- Rage 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- DOOM Eternal
- Mortal Kombat 11
- The Crew 2
- Just Dance
- Trials: Rising
- Final Fantasy XV
How Much Does It Cost?
One of the main concerns that almost every Singaporean has.
“Wah, how much ah? Scared expensive leh.”
Rest assured, it’s not. In fact, if you wanted to, you could not pay a single cent.
If you want the free route, all you need is Stadia Base. As the name suggests, it is the base version of the streaming service and it’s free. It allows you to purchase video games separately (like ala carte dishes) and there are expected to be free games as well.
If you prefer the buffet route instead of ala carte dishes, Stadia Pro is the one you’re looking for.
The “Netflix For Games”.
It has been stated to cost USD$9.99 (SGD$13.60) a month for access to the entire Stadia library.
There’s also something a little special known as Stadia Founder’s Edition.
It appears to be a special package you can purchase which comes with Chromecast Ultra, a limited edition controller, three months of Stadia Pro, a 3-month buddy-pass for a friend, as well as priority on a Stadia username.
When Is It Releasing?
Maybe you’re jumping in your chair now excitedly and can’t wait for it be released.
When is it coming? Not so soon, I’m afraid.
It is set to release in November 2019 for 14 different countries – which unfortunately doesn’t include Singapore.
More countries are expected to get it in 2020, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.