Stadia Savepoint: September updates

It’s time to share another update in our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features, and changes we made to the platform in September.

Players joined Kamala Khan, Iron Man, and Captain America to overcome evil in Marvel’s Avengers, shot hoops with the pros in NBA 2K21, and fought to escape an alien planet in Risk of Rain 2. All of these games, plus many others that arrived in September, are now available for purchase on the Stadia store. Stadia Pro subscribers gained instant access to more than 25 games, plus Free Play Days for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and The Crew 2.

We revealed new games coming soon for players to get excited about including a showcase of Immortals Fenyx Rising from Ubisoft, the action-packed open-world RPG available for pre-order that’s launching Dec. 3. Plus, Stadia is the only place where players will be able to try a demo of Immortals Fenyx Rising for themselves, arriving later this year. Our partners also shared news about other upcoming Stadia games, like Baldur’s Gate 3 (Oct. 6), Cake Bash (Oct. 15), and Hitman 3 (Jan. 20).

Yesterday’s Launch Night In event revealed that the all-new Chromecast with Google TV will add support for Stadia in the first half of 2021. Plus, as of this morning Dead by Daylight is now available on the Stadia store and in Stadia Pro with Crowd Choice, the new Stadia feature that lets you take control of the action as it unfolds live on YouTube.

USB-C headset support on Chromecast and web

Plug your USB-C headset into a Stadia controller when playing on Chromecast or on Web.

Stadia Pro updates

September content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia announced in September

That’s all for September—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: August updates

It’s the end of August, and that means it’s time for another update in our Stadia Savepoint series, detailing the additions we’ve made to the Stadia platform this month.

In August, players experienced the best of professional golf in PGA Tour 2K21, battled demons on Mars in DOOM and explored a beautiful hand-drawn adventure in Spiritfarer, in addition to many other new games now available for purchase on the Stadia store. Stadia Pro subscribers gained instant access to 23 games this month, the most free games we’ve offered yet–plus access to the first Free Play Days event for Borderlands 3. Our partners revealed new games coming soon to Stadia, including Larian Studios who announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be arriving in Early Access on Sept. 30.

Stadia Games Available Now and Coming Soon

The games we’ve already announced, with many more to come later this year.

We also introduced new deals for players featuring Stadia Pro and products:

  • Get $10 off when you purchase the Claw and the Stadia Controller together on the Google store to play Stadia on your mobile device. Offer ends Aug. 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
  • If you’re not yet a Pro member, get three free months of Stadia Pro as a perk with any eligible Chromebook released after June 2017.

Game volume slider on Chromecast and web

We’ve added a separate game volume slider to all audio settings on the Stadia platform. You can adjust the sliders for max volume, game audio and voice chat independently on Chromecast and in a Chrome browser.

Stadia Pro updates

Recent content launches on Stadia

That’s all for August—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: July updates

With July coming to a close, let’s take a look back at our latest Stadia Connect and some other updates we’ve brought to Stadia this month.

In our Stadia Connect, we announced 16 new games and five exclusives on their way to players, representing titles from publishers including Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, 2K Games, Square Enix and Activision. With titles like Outcasters and Orcs Must Die! 3 that are Only on Stadia and exclusive for a limited time, plus new partnerships with Harmonix, Uppercut Games and Supermassive Games for upcoming games, we’re bringing an immense amount of content for players to look forward to. And if you want to try out our first Stadia Games and Entertainment title, Orcs Must Die! 3, click here to play instantly if you already own the game or are a Pro subscriber.

As for other news in July, Stadia players created and played multiplayer games in Crayta and tore up the track in F1® 2020, in addition to many other games now available for purchase on the Stadia store. We also worked with our partners to announce new games coming soon to Stadia including Strange Brigade on August 1, Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break on August 14 into Stadia Pro, plus Celeste, El Hijo: A Wild West Tale, Far Cry 6 and Sniper Elite 4 arriving soon. Stay tuned for these games, plus PGA Tour 2K21 on August 21.

Play Stadia with mobile data

Opt in to a new Experiment rolling out within the Stadia app to play games using 4G and 5G on your Android mobile device. This feature may increase mobile data usage up to 2.7GB/hr. Gameplay is service-, network-, connection-, and game-dependent, and this Experiment may not be available for all games in all areas. 

State Share Beta with Crayta

Experience State Share Beta, an early version of the Stadia Enhanced Feature called State Share, within Crayta. Just create a link and share it with other players, sending them instantly into your game to collaborate while creating games or to play together.

Game stats on web

We’ve added support for developers to introduce player statistics, such as total time played and games won. They’re visible within the Achievements list on Stadia.com

More important features

  • Find your friends on Stadia via their Gmail address.
  • Browse the Stadia store and Home page via Landscape mode, now supported in the Stadia app on mobile devices.
  • Use the Google Assistant button on the Stadia Controller while playing games on Chromecast to get access to quick answers and actions.

Stadia Pro updates

Recent content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia

That’s it for July—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: June updates

With June coming to an end, it’s time for another update in our Stadia Savepoint series. Here are the updates we’ve made this month to the Stadia platform:

Touch controls on mobile

Access touch controls within any game on your mobile device when a controller is not already connected.

Expanded OnePlus compatibility

Stadia is now compatible with OnePlus 5, OnePlus 6, and OnePlus 7 series mobile devices. More info here

Per-device resolution settings

Added the ability to set your preferred resolution on each device that you play Stadia on. 

Experiments tab supports additional mobile devices

Any Android phone that can install the Stadia app can play games using the Experiments tab in the settings menu. 

Wireless Stadia Controller functionality on mobile

We’re rolling out support for wireless play using the Stadia Controller on your mobile device. Just link your Stadia Controller to your phone by following the linking code shown on your screen.

This month, players adventured across the lands of Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online and learned how to pull off trick combos on boats in Wave Break, in addition to many other games now available for purchase on the Stadia store. We also announced new games coming to Stadia, including the survival adventure Windbound on August 28 and a chance to enter a world inspired by classic JRPGs with Cris Tales on November 17.

If you sign up for Stadia, you’ll get one free month of Stadia Pro and instant access to eighteen games, including PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, Destiny 2: The Collection, and The Elder Scrolls Online. In addition, if you’ve ever signed up for Stadia Pro, you’ll receive $10 off on your next purchase of any game from the Stadia store. 

Start playing Stadia on your TV for $99.99 with the new Stadia Premiere Edition, complete with a Stadia Controller and Chromecast Ultra. 

Stadia Pro updates

Recent content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia

That’s it for June—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: May updates

We’re back with another update in our Stadia Savepoint series—here’s what happened in May. This month, our community started playing Embr, Jotun: Valhalla Edition, Sundered: Eldritch Edition, DOOM 64, and many other games that arrived for purchase on the Stadia store. We also announced new games coming this year, including The Elder Scrolls Online on June 16th, PGA TOUR 2K21 on August 21st, and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in Holiday 2020. 

On June 3rd, we’ll update our current Stadia Pro offer from two free months to one free month for new users. So if you haven’t already signed up, head over to Stadia.com before June 3rd to claim your two free months of Stadia Pro.

Stadia Pro updates

  • Get six new games for free with Stadia Pro in June: Get Packed, Little Nightmares, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, SUPERHOT, Panzer Dragoon Remake, and The Elder Scrolls Online (June 16).
  • 12 existing games still available to add to your Stadia Pro collection: Destiny 2: The Collection, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, GRID, Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings, Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks), SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, SteamWorld Dig 2, SteamWorld Heist, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, The Turing Test, and GYLT.
  • Ongoing discounts for Stadia Pro subscribers: Check out the web or mobile Stadia store for the latest.

New games coming to Stadia

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

  • CHORUS

  • Little Nightmares

  • Mafia 2 Remastered

  • Mafia 3 Remastered

  • Metro 2033 Redux

  • Metro Last Light Redux

  • Panzer Dragoon Remake

  • PGA TOUR 2K21

  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

  • Serious Sam 4

  • SUPERHOT

  • The Elder Scrolls Online

Wireless Stadia Controller functionality on web

We added support for wireless play using the Stadia Controller in a Chrome browser. Just pair your Stadia Controller on Stadia.com by typing the linking code shown on your screen.

1440p on web

Players with an active Stadia Pro subscription plus the necessary hardware and network speeds can now play Stadia at up to 1440p resolution in their Chrome browser.

That’s it for May—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news.

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Stadia Savepoint: April updates

We’re back with another update in our Stadia Savepoint series—here’s what happened in April.

This month we welcomed everyone within our 14 launch countries to Stadia and gave gamers two months of free games with Stadia Pro. Stadia is now free and open to anyone who wants to create an account. Our most recent Stadia Connect revealed that you can click here to play PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS on Stadia, plus new info on First on Stadia titles Wave Break, Crayta, and Get Packed

Stadia’s Phil Harrison also revealed: “We are bringing five games from Electronic Arts to Stadia as part of our partnership. It all starts with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order™ coming this fall followed by EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL and FIFA. We are excited to bring these hugely popular franchises to our players on Stadia in 2020 and beyond. We’ll have more news to share about EA games on Stadia later this year.

Stadia Pro updates

  • Get new games for free as part of Stadia Pro in May: PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Zombie Army 4: Dead War, The Turing Test and SteamWorld Heist.

  • Existing games still available to add to your collection: Destiny 2, GRID, GYLT, Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings, Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks), SteamWorld Dig 2, and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech.

  • Act quickly: Thumper leaves Stadia Pro on April 30.

  • Ongoing discounts for Stadia Pro subscribers: Check out the web or mobile Stadia store for the latest.

Recent content launches on Stadia

New games coming to Stadia

Stadia games

Play Stadia Pro for free

Click to Play on web
Click here to instantly play PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS in your Chrome browser with an active Stadia Pro subscription.

5.1 surround sound on web 
We added support for 5.1 surround sound when playing games on your Chrome browser with an active Stadia Pro subscription.

On-screen keyboard on web
Access an on-screen keyboard in your Chrome browser when you have a gamepad connected and require text input.

Mobile connection notifications 
Receive notifications about connection quality while playing on mobile devices.

Connection status updates
The connection status icon now only reflects connection strength, following user feedback.

Mobile captures
While playing on mobile devices, press the Capture button on your Stadia controller to save gameplay screenshots and clips.

OnePlus compatibility
Stadia is now compatible with the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro mobile devices. More info here.

That’s it for April—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest news. 

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Play Stadia Pro for free, starting today

We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Keeping social distance is vital, but staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home, so we’re giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months. 

Anyone who signs up will get two free months of Stadia Pro with instant access to nine games, including GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and Thumper. You can purchase even more games on the store, which will remain yours to play even if you cancel your Stadia Pro subscription. If you’re already a paid Stadia Pro subscriber, we won’t charge you for the next two months. After that, Stadia Pro is $9.99 a month, but you can opt out of your subscription at any time.

If you’re new, playing on Stadia is simple: 

With increased demand due to more people at home during this time, we’re taking a responsible approach to internet traffic. For Stadia, we’ve always adjusted bandwidth use based on a variety of in-home and local internet factors. To reduce load on the internet further, we’re working toward a temporary feature that changes the default screen resolution from 4k to 1080p. The vast majority of people on a desktop or laptop won’t notice a significant drop in gameplay quality, but you can choose yourdata usage options in the Stadia app.  

Like so many people around the world going through this crisis, our support team has been significantly impacted, and our customer support functions are not running at full capacity. Please use our automated Help Center and, as you give Stadia a try, check out these helpful tips for setting up your home environment. Many of you will be new to Stadia, so we’ve also posted a Getting Started Walkthrough. 

Have fun, stay safe, and we look forward to playing with you on Stadia.

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Stadia Savepoint: March updates

We’re back with another update in our Stadia Savepoint series, providing a summary of recent news on Stadia.

This month we added seven new games to the Stadia store including DOOM Eternal and Lost Words: Beyond the Page, a First on Stadia title. With Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings and Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks) being added to Stadia Pro on April 1, subscribers can claim and build their library of games, playing for free as part of their subscription.

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Stadia Capture Library on Web

Web Capture Library

Access captured gameplay screenshots and clips on your laptop or desktop and download them from your library.

4K on Web

Players with an active Stadia Pro subscription plus the necessary hardware and network speeds can now play Stadia at up to 4K resolution on the web in their Chrome browser.

Recent content launches on Stadia

  • Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock Expansion

  • DOOM Eternal

  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page

  • Serious Sam Collection

  • SteamWorld Quest

  • SteamWorld Dig

  • SteamWorld Dig 2

  • SteamWorld Heist

  • The Crew 2

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Warlords of New York Expansion

New games announced for Stadia

  • Monopoly

  • Monster Jam Steel Titans

  • MotoGP20

  • Relicta

  • The Turing Test

Stadia Pro updates

  • New games that are free to claim for Stadia Pro subscribers in April: Serious Sam Collection, Spitlings, Stacks On Stacks (On Stacks).

  • Existing games still available to add to your collection: Destiny 2, GRID, GYLT, Metro Exodus, SteamWorld Dig 2, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech and Thumper.

  • Act quickly: Metro Exodus and Thumper leave Stadia Pro on March 31.

  • Ongoing discounts for Stadia Pro subscribers: Check out the web or mobile Stadia store for the latest.

That’s it for March—we’ll be back soon to share more updates. As always, stay tuned to the Stadia Community Blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest news. 

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Everything announced at the Google for Games Developer Summit

Every year, GDC is a moment to celebrate our successes and learn from one another. Although we won’t be gathering in person this year, we’re bringing you the latest updates at our Google for Games Developer Summit, where developers can watch the announcements and virtually attend sessions for free  at g.co/gamedevsummit.

We also realize this may have been a big sacrifice for your teams. For some, GDC is a major opportunity for annual business development and marketing strategies. That’s why we’ve partnered with WINGS andthe GDC Relief Fund to support teams in continuing to do what they do best: build world-class games.

Now more than ever, games are helping players around the globe feel more connected. To ensure you have access to the tools you need to deliver the best possible game experiences, our teams have been building solutions to help you tackle your biggest challenges and set you up for long-term success. You can check out the highlights below:

Build games and reach a wider audience with Android and Google Play

We’re making it easier for you to build and optimize games on Android. Learn about new tools to help your development process, provide greater insights into your game’s performance, and access a wider player base. Once you’re ready to publish, review our updated guidance to ensure your game is high-quality and leverages various features and services for a successful go-to-market with Google Play.

Grow your business with Google Ads and AdMob

The best game developers think about their players first—both when creating experiences people love and building sustainable businesses. Google Ads and AdMob are introducing new ways to analyze and utilize player insights to help you grow your games and earn the revenue you need to improve them over time.

Simply scale your global game with Google Cloud Game Servers 

Hosting and scaling a global game can be challenging and requires that you either build costly solutions, or turn to pre-packaged ones that limit choice and control. To offer you more choices and time to dedicate to core elements of producing games, the Google Cloud team is introducing a simplified, convenient way for managing game server clusters.

Build and publish the next generation of games with Stadia

New game platforms present new challenges and opportunities for game creators and Google is here to help. For developers of all sizes looking to bring their games to Stadia, the team is unveiling Stadia Makers, a new program to support the independent development community.

We’re excited to see this community continue to delight players around the world, and we look forward to building what’s next, together. From all of us, thank you for keeping this community thriving.

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Our new Stadia Games and Entertainment Studio in Playa Vista

Stadia Games and Entertainment is setting out to change the way we play, enjoy and create video games. With Stadia, the creative possibilities are limitless. But we can’t build those experiences without a talented team of game designers, artists and storytellers. We started that journey with the opening of Stadia’s first original games studio in Montreal late last year. Today, we’re adding a new Stadia Games and Entertainment studio in Playa Vista, California, which will be led by an industry veteran, Shannon Studstill.

The new Playa Vista studio will focus on delivering exclusive games, using new gameplay mechanics, creative ways to play together and unique interaction models that we’re just starting to explore. While we’re not ready to share specific game plans yet, rest assured we are listening to what gamers want and adding our own Stadia twists to create new IP and experiences.

I’ve been a fan of Shannon’s for a long time, and have admired her award-winning work leading Sony’s Santa Monica Studio and the industry defining franchises like God of War that have won fans all over the world. She has an extensive background in product development and creative leadership, but most importantly, she’s a visionary who, as the Studio Director, will lead and inspire the Playa Vista teams. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Stadia family!

Stadia is designed to be the one destination for all the ways we play. It’s key to bring on talent that not only has success in delivering the industry’s best content, but also has creative ideas around how to embrace this new and unique way to create. 

Building a world-class studio piece-by-piece is a unique opportunity that you don’t often get in the game industry.And we want to do it with you. 

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