As part of a new gaming service, a lot of fans of video games are expecting Google Stadia to be able to overcome or avoid many of the growing pains that hamstrung early entries into the industry. Google Stadia is in a prime position to take a pretty sizable slice of the game market when it launches. The key to establishing themselves, especially were so many similar companies have failed, is in what bonuses and services Google Stadia can provide.
Of course a big part of the appeal of an on-demand game streaming service like this is the library of games. And with both the Basic and Pro options, gamers are being set up with plenty of choice for how to play their games on the service. With Basic, the a la carte purchase option is wide open for many different titles, allowing gamers to purchase streaming privileges for iconic franchises like Destiny, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed and many more. The Pro option offers a bundle of free games along with full access to Stadia services.
Pro and Basic users will get access to new titles like the in-development Baldur’s Gate 3, but also titles like The Division 2, Destiny 2, and many more. With around 30 games slated for launch with the service, they have a long way to go, but it’s a good start.
Patrick Seybold, head of comms for Stadia, recently talked to PCGamesN to discuss some other aspects of the service that gamers will want to hear about as well. One cool element is that Google will allow Stadia users to change their gamertage at anytime, without paying an extra fee.
This is a particular hurdle for many gamers, as Microsoft and Sony charge between $5-$10 each time you want a new name on Xbox Live or PSN. This is just a sign of potential areas where Google can improve on the features offered by their competitors, giving them a slight edge in terms of appeal.