January 26, 2021

Google Stadia to get 3 new games on April 1

Google is back with another update for its subscription-based game service, Stadia. The company has announced that it will add three more games for free next month.The three games that Google will add next month to Stadia include — Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings and Stack on Stacks.

What is Google Stadia?

Stadia is Google’s cloud gaming platform. If you’re not familiar with the concept, cloud gaming offloads the heavy lifting normally performed by a game console or beefy PC to servers in data centers. Your button presses are sent to those servers, which then send back video of the game. It’s kind of like YouTube, but you’re directly controlling what you see in real time.

How good is Stadia’s graphics quality?

Games can run at up to 4K and 60 frames per second, but not all of them do; notably, Destiny 2 runs at 1080p with graphical fidelity roughly equal to medium PC settings. Red Dead Redemption 2 runs at 1440p and in 30 frames per second. Both are upscaled to 4K — meaning that although those games do looks marginally better than their resolutions suggest, they’re not available in “true” 4K. In general, output isn’t as high quality as it would be from a top-tier gaming PC — and considering Google’s Phil Harrison claimed in a tweet in October that “all games at launch support 4K,” that’s not great. In a statement to Eurogamer, Google said the tools for 4K are there, but it’s on developers to implement them.

It also said performance should improve over time: “We expect that many developers can, and in most cases will, continue to improve their games on Stadia.”Where do I buy Google Stadia?

As of now, you can only snag Stadia directly from Google. If a friend bought a Founders or Premiere Edition, you can petition them for a Buddy Pass to test the service out. It seems likely that you’ll eventually be able to pick up kits and controllers from Google’s usual hardware retailer partners — Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and the like — but we don’t know if or when that will be the case.

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