Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Google Stadia explained in more detail

Google Stadia FAQ updated with details about device and controller support Founder’s edition fulfillment Google reveals more Stadia details, including answers about multiplayer and VR
Sandy Mccarthy | 11 July, 2019, 06:28

Stadia is Google's new cloud-based gaming platform that allows you to play your favorite hit video games across screens instantly.

There's good news for those waiting on the Google Stadia: you won't lose access to your games on the platform even if its publisher decides to make an exit.

Games on Google's upcoming Stadia platform will remain playable even if the publishers pull support for the platform, the company has thankfully revealed.

Stadia will be exclusively available on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a, 3a XL, and 3XL devices with provisions of game purchase made available for iOS 11 devices and above and Android M devices and above. In theory, Stadia will be streaming games from Google Cloud, but it won't be much different from existing platforms as far as purchasing game titles are concerned. The FAQ says, "Outside of unforeseen circumstances, Stadia will aim to keep any previously purchased title available for gameplay".

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Will this work with your phone? According to Google, "You can use any personal Google Account when you sign up for Stadia".

Detailing about the multiplayer gaming, the FAQ page says the number of gamers will depend on the game. Should you want to gift a code to a game, Stadia will also send redemption codes to an email address of your choosing, to be redeemed on whichever Google Stadia account that you please. What happens is the Stadia Controller connects via BLE for setup and connects via WiFi for actual gameplay. However, Google has stated that they are working on to bring support for more device soon. The Founder's Edition, which includes a special edition Night Blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, Destiny 2, and two three month subscription - one for you and one for a friend, is available now.

Take note that Stadia will exclusively help mobile gameplay on a restricted variety of gadgets at launch, although, namely the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a (3a, 3a XL, 3, 3XL) phones, as well as tablets running Chrome OS. "At the moment, we have no news to share with respect to VR support in Stadia".

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