The ultimate democratisation of gaming is here. Google Stadia will remove the need for games consoles, with Google hoping to do for gaming what Netflix did for movie rentals. Or perhaps, did to movie rentals. Serverside gaming means it doesn’t matter what gear you have. All you need is a controller and a Chromecast along with a decent internet connection. No updates. No installs. No consoles eventually being obsolete. You’ll need a Google Stadia Pro membership which costs €9.99 per month, but that’s it.
You can read more about Google Stadia and how it works, or we can get into games that will be available when Stadia launches in Ireland this November.
Games Confirmed For Irish Google Stadia Launch
I’d imagine there’s going to be even more games made available closer to launch (I’m looking at you FIFA 2020), but the time being, the list is still – mighty!
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Ubisoft
- Baldur’s Gate 3 – Larian Studios
- Borderlands 3 – 2K
- The Crew 2 – Ubisoft
- Darksiders Genesis – THQ Nordic
- Destiny 2 – Bungie
- Doom – Bethesda Softworks
- Doom Eternal – Bethesda Softworks
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 – Bandai Namco
- The Elder Scrolls Online – Bethesda Softworks
- Farming Simulator 19 – Giants Software
- Final Fantasy 15 – Square Enix
- Football Manager – Sega
- Get Packed – Coatsink
- GRID – Codemasters
- Gylt – Tequila Works
- Just Dance – Ubisoft
- Metro Exodus – Deep Silver
- Mortal Kombat 11 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
- NBA 2K – 2K
- Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid – nWay Games
- Rage 2 – Bethesda Softworks
- Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix
- Samurai Shodown – SNK
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ubisoft
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – Ubisoft
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition – Square Enix
- Thumper – Drool
- Trials Rising – Ubisoft
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood – Bethesda Softworks
Do you have to buy these titles?
Yes and no. The way Stadia works is based on two models. Google Stadia Pro members, who pay €9.99 per month, will have a massive selection of games available to them as part of their membership, all in 4K and 60FPS. Google Stadia Base members, will be able to buy title by title and play in 1080p. From what I’ve gathered so far, even Google Stadia Pro members will likely have to pay for some games.
You can pre-order the Google Stadia Founder’s Edition today for just €129.99 getting nearly €300 worth of gear.