Mark your calendars for November 19, as it signals the launch of Google Stadia, to stiffen the already tight console gaming competition of the current era.
Google’s new cloud gaming service will no doubt be a fresh new take on console and PC gaming, as it aims to straddle between the two mediums, with the ability to port your games over to multiple devices, such as TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones, so long as the device supports Google AI.
Those who pre-ordered the Founder’s Edition or Premiere Edition previously will be happy to know that both editions will begin shipping soon. Both editions are actually identical, with the main difference being the colour of the Stadia controller (the Founder’s Edition nets you the exclusive Night Blue controller, while you get Clearly White for the Premiere version).
Regardless of which edition you pre-ordered, you’ll be granted three months of Stadia’s premium service, Stadia Pro, as well as a Chromecast Ultra, and a copy of Destiny 2: The Collection.
However, according to The Verge, the Stadia controller may not be exactly as wireless as many may think it to be. When using a Chromecast Ultra, the controller does play wirelessly, but you’ll have to use a USB-C cable if you intend to play games with it without the Chromecast Ultra. The video above also included a disclaimer of it, as well, so Google is covering its behind, at the very least.
If you’re looking for a fully-wireless experience on the Stadia controller, it’s best to assume that an update for said feature will come post-launch. Regardless, Google Stadia should still appeal to gamers who prefer a little more flexibility in their systems, thanks to its streaming ability.
At launch, it will have a good collection of AAA titles to choose from, including the likes of the aforementioned Destiny 2, Borderlands 3, and Mortal Kombat 11. After launch, it will also be home to a number of upcoming high-profile titles, including Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion, and Marvel’s Avengers.
As for availability, Google Stadia will currently only be available in the US, Canada, and parts of Europe. Nothing is known as to if and when it will come to Asia and other parts of the globe,
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