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Google Stadia Initial Games List Announced

Google Stadia Launch Games List

Google Stadia is a streaming videogame service. It’s not the same as streaming videos from videogames. Stadia is a way to stream videogames over the Internet from the cloud and play on any screen.

This means you can buy a game such as Destiny 2 (yes it’s on the initial games list), stream the game to your TV and play with the Stadia controller! The idea is that instead of purchasing a $300+ console such as the PS4 or XBox One or a $2000+ gaming rig, you will subscribe to Google Stadia for $10 per month and play whatever streamable games there are.

It’s not a bad idea and it could get rid of a few problems with consoles and gaming PCs.

For example, with Stadia you won’t have to update games or the operating system, they will always be running the latest version. I have spent many hours waiting for updates to download before.

Price of Google Stadia

The price of the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition is $129 USD in the United States and $169 CAD in Canada. They include free shipping in the pre-order.

What you get when you buy Google Stadia

When you buy a Google Stadia package, you get a Stadia controller and a Google Chromecast Ultra. The Founder’s Edition package includes a “Buddy Pass”, where you invite your friend to play and you get 3 months free and your friend gets Destiny 2 (including the upcoming Shadowkeep DLC). Sounds like an alright deal but we shall see how good the Stadia service is when it launches.

TV screens and Stadia Controller and Google Chromecast Ultra

Google Chromecast Ultra

The Google Chromecast Ultra plugs into your TV through an HDMI port and can be connected through WiFi or through an Ethernet port (which could be faster, you can check your speeds using Google’s Stadia Speedtest). The Chromecast can of course be used to stream videos and do whatever else as Chromecast can do.

What’s awesome about the Chromecast Ultra is that it supports HDR and a resolution of up to 4K. So if you bought a nice shiny new 4K TV during the summer, you’re prepped for Stadia in the fall and winter months.

Stadia Controller

The Stadia controller has a USB-C port for charging and is wireless.

The Stadia controller looks closer to an XBox One controller though it has the same left D-pad positioning as a PS4 controller.

Stadia controller

Like the PS4 controllers, the Stadia controller includes a screen and video capture button allowing you to take quick photos of your gameplay. Not sure what the streaming story is at the moment and whether you can stream to Twitch or Mixer but I am guessing no. Not for launch at least because Twitch and Mixer are competitors of YouTube Gaming.

Google Assistant + Microphone are part of the Stadia Controller

Interestingly, the Stadia also includes Google Assistant and a microphone. This is probably to compete with Amazon Alexa which is included with the Fire TV and with Echo and other Amazon hardware. I find these voice-activated controllers and remotes and devices to be far less useful than you would think. For example, the only command I used with the Fire TV remote was to say “turn off” and that didn’t work. I turned off Google Assistant on my phone because when working in an office no one wants to hear my phone talk to me. Some people might use Google Assistant on the Stadia controller, but not me.

Games Available at Launch

Here are the games that will be available to play on Stadia when it launches in November 2019:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Balder’s Gate 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • The Crew 2
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Destiny 2: The Collection
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • DOOM
  • DOOM Eternal
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Get Packed
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Gods & Monsters
  • GRID
  • GYLT
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K20
  • Orcs Must Die! 3
  • Rage 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Thumper
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Trials Rising
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Windjammers 2
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

No Fortnite, oh well!