Google to Bring Over 120 games to Stadia in 2020

Posted on January 17, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Google Stadia with 11 Comments

Google announced this week that it will bring over 120 new titles to Stadia in 2020 in a bid to shore up its game streaming service.

“We delivered a great gaming experience for players when Stadia launched in November, and we continue to work toward our long-term vision for the future of gaming,” a new post attributed to the Stadia team reads. “Stadia is an evolving platform, and we’ve been busy in the two months since launch adding great content, features and ways to play.”

Google cites several improvements to the service in the past two months, including new games for both Stadia and Stadia Pro, the addition of Typhoon Studios, an update for Chromecast Ultras that improves Stadia compatibility, new features like improved Google Assistant integration and Achievements, the first Stream Connect functionality in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and a second buddy pass award for Stadia founders so they can play, at least temporarily, with more of their friends.

That’s a long list, but it’s also fair to point out that Google launched Stadia well before it was really ready and that the launch should arguably have waited until these and other coming improvements were ready. And Google does have a lot of improvements planned for 2020.

First and most important, the firm says it will bring over 120 games to Stadia this coming year, and more than ten of them will be Stadia exclusives that arrive in the first half of 2020. It also expects to roll out support for 4k gaming on the web, more Assistant integration, support for additional Android Phones, and wireless gameplay on the web through the Stadia controller in the first three months of 2020.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Google to Bring Over 120 games to Stadia in 2020”

  1. maethorechannen

    "the first Stream Connect functionality in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint"

    They're going to use a failed game to prop up a failed service?

    • nicholas_kathrein

      In reply to maethorechannen:

      Wow. It just seems like everyone here wants it to fail. It's kind of like the Tesla shorts. It's sad. All the people here don't have the service and are talking out their butts.

      • Vladimir Carli

        In reply to Nicholas_Kathrein:

        I think people here just don't play games and have no idea what people who game are interested in. Microsoft is basing everything on the premise that gamepass is great. But the reality is that what drives sales are the games, not the other way around. That's why exclusives are so important. People buy in a system (hardware or cloud) depending on the games they want to play. There is no reason to choose a specific hardware and then look at what games are available. That's how nintendo survives. Do you think anyone would buy their hardware if they didn't have Zelda, Mario kart and Smash Bros?

        If xcloud is limited (as it seems) to xCloud and you can't use it to buy and play other games it's death on arrival for me and a lot of people. We by far prefer to spend 150 dollars a year on three AAA games than spending the same amount for 100+ games we don't care about.

        Moreover, I have just been admitted to the geforce now beta and that gave me streaming access to my entire steam library. it's great and I would say it comes number 1. If google and/or microsoft find a way to to the same they will win.

  2. beckoningeagle

    I think Google's history of perennial beta products that are then cancelled is going to be Stadias undoing. The thought of buying games that are lost if Stadia meets the chopping block makes me cringe. I like the "Game Pass" model more, if they ever cancel xCloud, nothing is really lost (unless they cancel the whole xbox infrastructure, but that is a whole other story).

    • nicholas_kathrein

      In reply to BeckoningEagle:

      In the PC industry many games you buy today won't work tomorrow if your playing online. Many of my Battlefield games have no one in servers online to play against. Other games can't connect to a server at all. This is gaming now. Games are tied into servers run by the company and years later they shut down the servers and you can't play any longer. Such is life.

  3. jeff.bane

    I don't know a human being outside of the press that uses this product.

  4. rm

    At 120 games per year, they will never catch up to other game services (PlayStation, Xbox, Valve, etc.). Then when it fails to exit beta, all those games you purchased you will no longer have access to them. Other streaming services do not have that horrible design. Or that horrible track record of failing to get products out of beta.

  5. willc

    Have any of the people furiously bashing Stadia actually used the product?