While the world of video games is changing, with new developments coming forth now and then; meanwhile, one development can be seen as the future of the video game industry; Cloud Gaming. And Google is on the path to becoming a significant player in the Cloud Gaming scene with the “Google Stadia” Cloud Video Gaming platform.
For the uninitiated, cloud gaming refers to the process of playing video games hosted on servers remotely. Among other cloud gaming services by tech giants, Amazon, NVIDIA, Microsoft, and Google offer free and premium subscriptions, with an increasing library of games to choose from.
Google Stadia – How does it work?
For those who do not own a powerful PC or a next-gen console to play heavy-duty AAA titles, Stadia provides a great way to play such titles virtually by streaming games hosted on cloud servers. Users need not download any game; instead, they can stream games directly to their devices with a strong enough internet connection.
Like Amazon Luna, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Microsoft xCloud, Google Stadia allows you to play games remotely on supported devices. These include phones, tablets, Chromebooks, MacBooks, among other devices unable to run such games natively.
Stadia vs. Stadia Pro
The question has arrived in everyone’s mind, whoever has used Google Stadia; “Should I subscribe to Google Stadia Pro?” Well, let’s take a look at the free and subscription-based service and judge better. The first difference between the free and pro versions of Stadia is the quality of game streaming. The free Google Stadia lets users stream only 1080p at 60 fps with stereo sound.
In addition, the Google Stadia Pro subscription allows users to stream 4K 60 fps games with 5.1 surround sound audio. Moreover, Google has claimed that it will eventually bring 8K 120 fps gaming to Stadia Pro subscribers.
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Another significant difference is the discounts on individual games that come with having a Google Stadia Pro subscription. Furthermore, like Xbox Game Pass, the Stadia Pro membership also gets users new free games every month, eventually building up your collection.
And lastly, the catalog of games you don’t have to purchase individually, thanks to a Stadia Pro membership. Adding multiple games to your library is a tempting offer, especially for those who play regularly. For casual gamers, we suggest you stick to the free version of Stadia.
Where is Google Stadia available?
As of now, Google Stadia is available in only 22 countries, and all of the information about the free and Stadia Pro is practically useless if Google hasn’t launched the service in your country yet. Meanwhile, below is the list of countries in which Stadia is available; check it out.
- Czech Republic
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
- United States
Is Google Stadia shutting down?
Google Stadia is seen as a promising cloud gaming platform in its beta form. However, reports of Stadia stumbling and finding it hard to stabilize its position in the cloud gaming market are known by most. Ultimately arising the question, “Is Google Stadia shutting down?” Well, it’s not so simple to answer, but rest assured, Stadia is not shutting down, at least not for now.
Ever since the news about studio head Jade Raymond leaving the company, that too without even releasing a game, a debate quickly arose whether Stadia was shutting down or not? So for all those who wish to get their hands on Stadia, rest assured, the service is not shutting down.
While we would love to talk about the history behind all the developments in Google Stadia from its inception to the service’s official launch; more importantly, what events led to the news of Stadia shutting down, we’ve decided to keep it minimal in this article and will feature the same in another article.
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