What you need to know
- Stadia is Google's game streaming service.
- It launched in November lacking key features and games, and was met with harsh criticism.
- Google has blamed the lack of game announcements on publishers.
Google has taken a lot of flak for its poor support of Stadia. Whether it's in regards to missing features or lack of games, there's no shortage of ire on the internet, like in this Reddit thread that took off with complaints about Stadia's lack of game announcements. The company hasn't been great at communicating what's coming next and when — only that 120 titles are making their way to Stadia this year — but a Google spokesperson speaking with GamesIndustry.biz suggests that publishers are at fault for the lack of game announcements on Stadia, not Google.
For anyone who purchased the Founder's Edition and got their Stadia package in November, their time is running up to renew their Pro membership, and I know several people who aren't going to due to lack of proper support. Google has its work cut out for it if it wants to earn back trust and customers.
Stadia Pro members will be able to download Gylt and Metro Exodus for free in February, with Gylt being one of the platform's first exclusives.
Games coming soonish
All that you need to game on Stadia.
The Stadia Premiere Edition includes all that you need to get started. The bundle includes a Chromecast Ultra, Stadia Controller, and three free months of Stadia Pro for you and a friend. Just don't mind the lack of games for a while and you're golden.
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Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.