Google have detailed a number of features and updates planned for Google Stadia in the first few months of the year, as they continue to grow and evolve their fledgling streaming platform. As always, they’re touting that these features will be added in the background with no updates or downloads for consumers to make.
Coming in Q1 2020 are the following features:
- Support for 4k gaming on the Web
- Add further Assistant functionality when playing on the Web
- Support additional Android Phones
- Wireless gameplay on the Web through the Stadia controller
They also note that through over 120 games are planned to come to Stadia in 2020, with the first half of the year set to see more than 10 of these arrive simultaneously with other platforms. You’d expect more concurrent releases to occur later in the year as publishers have had longer and longer to prepare their games for this platform.
Google will reveal their free Stadia Pro line up for February toward the end of this month. January’s games include Rise of the Tomb Raider and Thumper.
The potential of Google Stadia’s streaming game platform has largely been obscured since launch. While the 4K game streaming works well, there were no achievements, no access to the free Buddy Pass to gift three months of Stadia Pro to a friend, no storefront, no family sharing, and no Stream Connect (a feature that lets you interact or work within another player’s game in real time). Not only that, but several high profile games, like Red Dead Redemption 2, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XV and Rage 2 don’t actually run at 4K.
Users have had to wait for Google to roll out this fundamental feature set, adding Google Assistant features, achievements, expanding support to all Chromecast Ultras, and debuted powerful Stream Connect features in Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
It’s taking a while, but they seem to be slowly, but surely getting there.
Source: press release, Blog