New games are launching in January 2021 for Google Stadia Pro users

The tech giant has announced that four new games will be available on its Stadia Pro service starting January 2021. The list includes F1 2020, Hotline Miami, Figment and Ary and the Secret of Seasons. The company in its blog post said that these four games will be available on Stadia Pro for free starting 1 January. Users can claim all of these the first day of 2021 with their Stadia Pro subscription and keep them as long as they maintain the membership.

Earlier in November Google Stadia officially launched with 22 games to start with. The cloud gaming platform has around 100 games currently, and it plans to offer 400 more new games.

The company also announced that the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Breakthrough Edition is also ready for players to be claimed on Stadia Pro right now.

Separately, Google has also announced that three new games are available for the users to purchase on the Stadia Pro store. The list includes Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Enter the Gungeon and Reigns.

Google Stadia service recently made its way to iOS and Google, like other competing cloud services, and is using mobile Safari due to Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming apps that mean platforms like Stadia can’t exist in their current form on the App Store. You can access Stadia through its website on Safari or by creating a home screen icon that will turn the service into a progressive web app, so it acts almost identically to a native one.

400 new games to arrive on Google Stadia and Stadia Pro to get six new titles

Google has announced that around 400 new games are on the way for its Stadia Cloud game streaming service. Stadia director of games Jack Buser said in an interview with MobileSyrup that most of these games would be arriving in 2021 and beyond.

“We are looking many years out into the future. Gaming is one of the biggest businesses at Google, which is why you see us investing so much time and energy to support all these hundreds of developers building all these games. We have a very exciting year ahead of us. And, in fact, we have very exciting many years ahead of us,” said Buser.

Having 400 games from so many different developers on the Stadia roadmap shows both how much Google is pushing the platform. Along with it, Google Stadia is adding six new games to its growing collection onc 1 December as part of Stadia Pro.

The development was shared on the official Stadia community forum and these games include Into the Breach, Hitman 2, Kine, Monster Jam Steel Titans, Everspace, and Secret Neighbor. Currently, there are over 30 games available as part of the Stadia Pro subscription that costs $9.99 per month. Also, 30 November is the last chance for Stadia Pro owners to claim SUPERHOT, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Little Nightmares, Hello Neighbor, and Super Bomberman R Online for free with Stadia Pro. 

The company has made some big hires as part of its first-party development efforts, including ex-Ubisoft and EA producer Jade Raymond and ex-Sony Santa Monica studio head Shannon Studstill.

Meanwhile, Google announced that its cloud gaming service will come to iPhones and iPads in the near future through an upcoming web app.

Google said it has been building a progressive web app version of Stadia that will run in the mobile version of Apple’s Safari browser, similar to how Microsoft intends to deliver its competing xCloud service on iOS sometime next year.

Google Stadia is currently unavailable in India.

Stadia base arriving this year

Google vice president Phil Harrison announced that the company is going to launch a free version of Stadia later in 2020 called ‘Stadia Base’.

Unlike the Stadia Pro version, Stadia Base will serve up to 1080p at 60 fps and provide stereo sound but will not get additional free games or exclusive discounts on select game purchases. “The big strategic difference is that over the next few months you will be able to experience Stadia for free,” shared Harrison. “No money down, without having to put a box in your home, you can just click and play amazing games straight from our data center,” he added

Stadia is a cloud gaming service operated by Google. It is advertised to be capable of streaming video games up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with support for high-dynamic-range, to players via the company’s numerous data centers across the globe, provided they are using a sufficiently high-speed Internet connection. It is accessible through the Google Chrome web browser on desktop computers, or through Pixel smartphones, Chrome OS tablets and Chromecast.

The service is planned to be integrated with YouTube, and its “state share” feature will allow viewers of a Stadia stream to launch a game on the service on the same save state as the streamer. This has been used as a selling point for the service. It is compatible with HID class USB controllers, though a proprietary controller manufactured by Google with a direct Wi-Fi link to data centers is available alongside the service. Stadia is not similar to Netflix, in that it requires users to purchase games to stream via Stadia rather than pay for access to a library of games. While the base service will be free, a Pro tier monthly subscription allows users to stream at higher rates for larger resolutions, and the offer to add free games to their library.

Stadia Pro charges players a monthly fee of $9.99 for a bunch of free games on top of the $130 Founder’s Edition. Games that are not included in the Pro package will have to be purchased individually.

Google’s game streaming service launched in November last year with Stadia Pro (part of the Founder’s Edition) for 9.99 dollars. Debuting in the cloud gaming market with heavy negative reactions, the tech juggernaut is not giving up on the idea just yet. Just recently the company announced that Stadia is due to receive more than 10 exclusive games within the next six months.

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