E3 2019: Game whenever and wherever with Google’s Stadia

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Gamers of all levels were hoping that this year’s E3 would be when the next gen consoles were revealed. While Xbox briefly teased their next console with Project Scarlett, E3 attendees didn’t really get a full-fledged look at any new and powerful consoles. Fortunately, Google introduced its latest foray into gaming with Stadia.

Stadia is a new streaming gaming platform that allows gamers to play their favorite games without the need for a console. With Stadia’s cloud-based platform, this allows gamers to play anytime and anywhere they want. Gamers will be able to play video games in HD quality across any screen with just a click of a button, while not having to worry about downloading any updates.

Stadia runs entirely through the Google Chrome Browser and could be streamed to your TV through Chromecast, which means the only thing you’ll need to game is a reliable internet connection. Stadia is expected to launch around November 2019, but this will require you to purchase the Stadia Founder’s Edition. For $129.99, you’ll get a limited-edition Night Blue Controller, Chromecast Ultra, Three months of Stadia Pro subscription, first dibs on your Stadia gamer name, and one 3-month Buddy Pass to give Stadia Pro to your closest friend. The Founder’s Edition is available to pre-order now.

Rolling out in 2020 will be the Stadia Base, which will be available to anyone who wants to play games through Stadia. With the base model, you’ll get up to 1080p streaming at 60fps with stereo sound, you get to buy and keep any games you want, and you’ll be able to play Stadia through the Chrome browser on any computer or on the Pixel 3 or 3a phone (Stadia will expand to other phones over time).

Most concerns gamers will have when trying to adopt a new gaming platform will always be the available game titles, and Stadia wants to make sure that gamers will have a robust library of games at launch. As of this week, Google has announced that there will be over 30 games available to play when Stadia launches. These games include some of the biggest titles from the biggest developers today, such as Doom Eternal, Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus, NBA 2K, Mortal Kombat 11, Division 2, Watch Dogs: Legion, and others.

We had the chance to try out the Stadia during E3, and we’ll admit that its system is pretty impressive. Doom Eternal was the game we had a chance to play through Stadia, which was running using a pixel book, and the game was playing flawlessly. It was as smooth as it would be on any of the current consoles. The Stadia controller felt great in our hands during the demo, with its overall size being fairly similar to either the PS4 DualShock controller or the Xbox One controller. Design wise you’ll see that the Stadia controller takes after an Xbox controller, but with the joysticks placed next to each other. The controller features both Wifi and Bluetooth connections, as well as USB-C for charging or for wired connection during gameplay. The controller will cost $69 and will come in three different colors.

Stadia will launch in 14 countries through the founder’s edition, which will include US, Canda, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Additional countries will be added to Stadia’s availability starting in 2020.

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