Is Stadia Worth it in 2020?

It’s been 1 year now that Google Stadia is launched. We can talk about all the features that Google has promised to fulfill at the launch of the Stadia which was not available earlier. Now we have on hand experience of nearly 1 year. It is the best time to answer your question “is Stadia worth it ?”. Let’s find out.

Introduction

Overview of Google Stadia with controller
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

Google stadia “The future of Gaming” as suggested by Google is not a controller but it’s a cloud gaming service that runs and live streams each of the games on their servers. It was launched on 19th November 2019 with only availability in 14 countries initially which was also limited to Pro Membership users. Till now Google has not available to other countries for its usage.

Google marketed the stadia with the introduction of a cloud gaming service that is capable of 4K resolution and 60 FPS (frames per second) of streaming.

Note:- For 4K and 60FPS streaming a sufficiently high internet speed is needed.

Some people may think that this is a copy of Netflix where you can buy a subscription of Stadia and you can play any game on the platform you want. It is not like that as Google has come with a different vision to change the traditional gaming style of people. There are benefits of buying a pro subscription which we will discuss later in the post.

As of now, Free or Base service is also released with pro service by Google.

Controller of Google Stadia

Different Stadia Controllers that you can buy
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Google has announced its controller price at 129$ (tax included) which is the Premiere Edition controller. You can buy an additional controller for the price of 69$. The available colors of the controller are Cleary White, Just Black, and Wasabi.

Note:- You can choose to play games using any other controller like Xbox One controller or DualShock controller. 

Here is a list of controllers that works with the stadia streaming service.

Controller NameMobile Phone ConnectivityChrome ConnectivityTelevision Connectivity
Google Stadia ControllerYes (USB)Yes (USB)Yes (WiFi)
DualShock 4Yes (USB and Bluetooth)Yes (USB and Bluetooth)No
Xbox 360 ControllerYes (USB and Bluetooth)Yes (USB and Bluetooth)No
Xbox One ControllerYes (USB and Bluetooth)Yes (USB and Bluetooth)No
Logitech F310Yes (USB)Yes (USB)No
Stratus DuoYes (USB and Bluetooth)Yes (USB and Bluetooth)No
Switch Pro ControllerNoYes (USB and Bluetooth)NO

For lag-free gameplay Google suggest us to play with their Stadia controller. Also if you want to play on your Television than Stadia service is compatible with its controller only.
So yes you can opt to buy their controller or play with your other controllers it’s totally up to you but there are some restrictions accordingly.

Features and Functions of Stadia Controller

Like any other wireless controller, it can be played through wire connectivity or wireless connection. Going for the looks of the controller it kind of reminds me of the mixture of DualShock’s sleek body with Button pattern is like taken from regular Xbox controller.

Buttons Distribution

Buttons description of google stadia controller
Image Credit:- Google Stadia
  1. Left and right camera movement stick
  2. Direction pad on left
  3. 4 Bumper buttons
  4. Menu button
  5. Capture button
  6. Google Assistant Button
  7. Option Button
  8. Stadia Home Button
  9. Microphone and 3.5mm Headset Jack

Note:- Controller is very swift to use as it provides no lag during wireless gaming. Also, batteries do not drain quickly which is home about the controller and the gamers who like to play games for hours. All features which are available on any controller are already there on Stadia Controller with addition to the Google Assistant which works only on Home Screen as of now. Google has promised to make Google Assistant work on every Screen throughout its working.

Functions of the Stadia Controller Buttons

  1. Bumper, Direction pad, and camera movement sticks are used for gaming purposes.
  2. Google Assistant for helping you out throughout the use of Stadia service for communicating with it.
  3. Capture button for capturing a screenshot or holding the button can save a video gameplay file.
  4. Options and Menu button is used for pausing and accessing option and menu respectively of the game

Features of Google Stadia Service

Bandwidth of internet for Stadia usage
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

With its launch in November 2019, Stadia has shown the future of gaming with Google said “No waiting for downloads”. You just have to log in and play while streaming on the Google Cloud Servers. But there is a catch if you want to play games on Google Stadia. There is a range of internet speed required for 720p to 4K Streaming which you can see below:

Streaming ResolutionBandwidth Requirement (atleast)Data Spend (atleast)Frames Per SecondAudio quality
Upto 4K Streaming35 Mbps8 GB/Hour605.1 Surround
Upto 1080p Streaming20 Mbps15 GB/Hour605.1 Surround
Upto 720p Streaming10 Mbps20 GB/Hour60Stereo

You can play in pretty much on any screen from Mobile to Television. You just need the Stadia subscription and a controller which works best for you. If you are playing on Television and you want to switch to Mobile or Tablet Screen it’s easy to switch as all the data of the game progression is saved on their Google Cloud Servers and you can continue from the last checkpoint of the game.

For any game that you play on Stadia is always remain updated as the game is stored on Cloud Servers. So Google updates every game by itself and games always remain on the latest updated version as soon as any game releases its new patch.

Google Assistant On Google Stadia

Google Assistant feature on stadia
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

Google assistant is one of the major features that Google marketed Stadia as they said it will put out a video from Youtube if you are stuck at a particular level through Google Assistant. As of now, you can use Google Assistant on Home Screen for choosing or checking the weather, etc. We can hope for full access to G – Assistant to be released soon.

Google Stadia Subscription Plans

Difference of Stadia Subscriptions
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Initially, it was launched with a premium subscription where you have to buy a monthly package of 9.99$. But now you can choose a free subscription too.

Difference between both the plans

FeaturesStadia ProStadia Base (Free)
Price9.99$0$
ResolutionUpto 4KUpto 1080p
Frames Per Second60FPS60FPS
Sound quality5.1 SurroundStereo
Free GamesYesNo
Discount On GamesYesNo

Looking at the current pandemic situation Google announced Stadia plan to be free for 2 months whoever signs up for the Google Stadia Plan. The plan was to increase the player base of the Stadia in order to increase the number of subscriptions. You can choose to opt-out after  2 months of free trails if you don’t like to carry the subscription. Also, for ongoing customers, Google is not charging for the next 2 months of Stadia subscription.

Games Of Stadia Library (Released and Upcoming)

Cyberpunk 2077 on Google Stadia
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

The games that are released till now (August 2020) in alphabetical order

  1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  2. Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  3. Borderlands 3
  4. Crayta
  5. The Crew 2
  6. Darksiders Genesis
  7. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  8. Destiny 2
  9. Doom Eternal
  10. Doom 64
  11. Elder Scrolls Online
  12. Farming Simulator 19
  13. Final Fantasy XV
  14. Football Manager 2020
  15. Get Packed
  16. GRID
  17. GYLT
  18. Jotun: Valhalla Edition
  19. Just Dance 2020
  20. Just Shapes & Beat
  21. Kine
  22. Little Nightmares
  23. Lost Words
  24. Metro 2033 Redux
  25. Metro Exodus
  26. Monster Energy Supercross
  27. Mortal Kombat 11
  28. NBA 2K20
  29. One Hand Clapping
  30. Octopath Traveler
  31. Orcs Must Die 3
  32. Panzer Dragoon Remake
  33. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  34. Rage 2
  35. PUBG: Pioneer Edition
  36. Red Dead Redemption 2
  37. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  38. Samurai Shodown
  39. Serious Sam Collection
  40. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  41. Spitlings
  42. Stacks On Stacks
  43. Steamworld Dig
  44. SteamWorld Dig 2
  45. Steamworld Heist
  46. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh
  47. Sundered: Eldritch Edition
  48. Superhot
  49. Thumper
  50. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  51. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  52. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  53. Trials Rising
  54. Wave Break
  55. West of Loathing
  56. Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Upcoming Games Of Stadia in alphabetical order

  1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  2. Baldur’s Gate III
  3. Celeste
  4. Chorus
  5. Cris Tales
  6. Cyberpunk 2077
  7. Dead by Daylight
  8. Destroy All Humans
  9. Doom
  10. El Hijo
  11. Embr
  12. Far Cry 6
  13. FIFA
  14. Gods & Monsters
  15. Hello Neighbor
  16. Hello Neighbor Hide and Seek
  17. Hitman
  18. Hitman 2
  19. Hitman 3
  20. Kona
  21. Madden NFL
  22. Mafia 2 Remastered
  23. Mafia 3 Remastered
  24. Marvel’s Avengers — September 2020
  25. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  26. MotoGP 20
  27. NBA 2K21
  28. Outriders
  29. Outcasters
  30. PGA Tour 2K21
  31. Relicta
  32. République
  33. Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break
  34. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  35. Serious Sam 4 – August 2020
  36. Sniper Elite 4
  37. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
  38. Strange Brigade
  39. Super Bomberman R Online
  40. SUPERHOT: Mind Control Delete
  41. Watch Dogs: Legion
  42. Wave Break
  43. WWE Battlegrounds
  44. Windbound
  45. Windjammers 2

Stadia Compatible Mobile Devices

Google Stadia on Mobile phones
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

When Stadia was launched only Google Pixel phones were compatible with using stadia on mobile devices. As of August 2020, Google has added more mobile phones to its accessibility to Stadia. here is a list of Phones that are compatible with Stadia:-

Google Pixel Phones

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 4XL

Samsung

  • Samsung S8
  • Samsung S8+
  • Samsung S8 Active
  • Samsung Note 8
  • Samsung S9
  • Samsung S9+
  • Samsung Note 9
  • Samsung S10
  • Samsung S10+
  • Samsung Note 10
  • Samsung Note 10+
  • Samsung S20
  • Samsung S20+
  • Samsung S20 Ultra

OnePlus

  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 6
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
  • OnePlus 8
  • OnePlus 8 Pro
  • OnePlus Nord
  • OnePlus 5T
  • OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus 7T
  • OnePlus 7T Pro
  • OnePlus 7T Pro 5G

Asus ROG

  • ROG Phone
  • ROG Phone II
  • ROG Phone III

Razer

  • Razer Phone
  • Razer Phone II

Pros & Cons of Google Stadia

Pros and COns of Google Stadia
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

Pros

  • A good fact that you can use any controller with Stadia so there is no restriction on using the google stadia controller only.
  • A high-end game like Doom is easy to run and play on Stadia.
  • No compromise on the visual quality of the game. The game is as good as played on any other console or PC.
  • For Stadia Pro subscribers there are many free games to grab every month in which a user can redeem it.
  • Now gamers can choose a free subscription too before buying the Pro subscription for a limited to experience Stadia Gaming for 2 months free.

Cons

  • Data usage is very much high which can take up to 20 GB/Hour for 4K streaming. So it is not recommended for metered internet connection users.
  • Google Assistant is only working on Home Screen.
  • After 1 hour of playing games on Stadia, game streaming may become laggy depending upon the internet connection. Stadia should be optimized for a better gaming experience for gamers who spend time playing games.
  • Limited countries accessibility only (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States).
  • Stadia’s Library of games is less right now but the company has promised to add more than 100 games this year.

My Conclusion

Google Stadia overview
Image Credit:- Google Stadia

After the 1 year of use and looking at the features that were not present at the time of launch but it some are now updated by Google. You can say that some important features that were promised still need to be fulfilled. As of now, I think Google Stadia has not worked as expected but due to pandemic situations we should know some things need to shine.

Though the internet connection required for streaming games through Stadia is very net consuming. When I was playing on stadia for 1 hour on 4k streaming it took like 15-20 GB/hour and the same goes for 1080p and 720p streaming which will easily take out 8-10 GB and 5-8 GB per hour of gameplay which is seriously very high. SO, if you are using a Meter connection internet then I recommended you not buy a Stadia subscription.

Playing on Stadia on a good connection does not guarantee smooth gameplay. As playing for 1 or 2 hours can make your gameplay laggy which I experienced. Some people might not experience as it all depends on internet speed (mine is pretty good at 300Mbps). If you are playing a story game and you couldn’t save your progression due to the internet issue that would be heartbreaking. This needs to get optimized if Google wants its player base to increase rapidly.

I personally want Google Stadia to be successful as it showed us the future of gaming. Also right now Google is offering you two months of free usage of Stadia which you can avail it right away so you can decide on your own whether you like it or not ( Right now only 14 countries have access to Google Stadia).

 

 

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