When Google announced Stadia they revealed that the pro subscription would include one free game “roughly once a month”, rather weak when compared to PlayStation Plus’ guaranteed two games a month, or four with Game with Gold on Xbox.
Because reasons, one of which probably the rather lacklustre reception the service has received on launch, Google have announced not one but two free games for December and they are Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Farming Simulator 19.
Our Stadia Pro lineup keeps on growing! Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Farming Simulator 19 are both coming to Stadia Pro in December. Just log-in & redeem them at no additional charge with Stadia Pro.
— Stadia (@GoogleStadia) November 26, 2019
Google have announced that anyone who has bought the two games in the last two weeks will be able to apply for a refund.
Shortly after Stadia went live Digital Foundry did some technical analysis on a few games running on the platform and uncovered some concerning problems. Red Dead Redemption 2 does stream in 4K to Google’s new platform but the game is being rendered in 1080p or 1440p and is then upscaled to 4K, Destiny 2 has the same issue, rendered in 1080p and then upscaled to 4K.
Google have released the following statement.
Stadia streams at 4K and 60 FPS – and that includes all aspects of our graphics pipeline from game to screen: GPU, encoder and Chromecast Ultra all outputting at 4k to 4k TVs, with the appropriate internet connection. Developers making Stadia games work hard to deliver the best streaming experience for every game. Like you see on all platforms, this includes a variety of techniques to achieve the best overall quality. We give developers the freedom of how to achieve the best image quality and framerate on Stadia and we are impressed with what they have been able to achieve for day one.
We expect that many developers can, and in most cases will, continue to improve their games on Stadia. And because Stadia lives in our data centers, developers are able to innovate quickly while delivering even better experiences directly to you without the need for game patches or downloads.
You can read our full review of Google Stadia here.