Google Stadia has been off to a bit of a slow start, but Google is promising to deliver over 10 new exclusive titles and more for its roster.
With its official launch at the end of last year, Google officially kicked off its big entry into game streaming (and video games as a whole) with the launch of its anticipated Google Stadia platform. While the tech has shown a lot of promise in its first few months at launch, Stadia has also faltered in some significant ways. Specifically, that has included a lack of new or exclusive titles to drive new users onto the platform, but in 2020, Google seems committed to bringing plenty of new experiences that will make Stadia a compelling place to play.
In an update on the official Stadia community forums, Google’s development team shared some updates on what to expect for the streaming platform heading into the new year. Specifically, one of the major points that the team outlined was the selection of games available on Stadia in terms of exclusive titles and bringing other games onto the platform, with the company expecting “more than 120 games coming to Stadia in 2020,” and targeting “more than ten games in the first half of this year alone that will be only available on Stadia when they launch.” No specific details on what these titles are were shared by Google yet, but the company said that “we’re working with our partners to share more on those games soon.”
Aside from the promise of new titles and exclusive games coming to Stadia later this year, Google also detailed other features that Stadia players can expect this year to add to the platform’s functionality. The blog post from the Stadia development team outlined some of the most significant ones:
- 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
From our own impressions of Google Stadia when we reviewed the platform back in November, Stadia clearly has a lot of potential and could be the driving force towards game streaming that has been hinted at for some time. However, the platform’s lack of compelling titles at launch surely was a factor in its slow adoption in the past few months, with only one exclusive title being available for the system’s launch, Gylt, which received solid (but not stellar) reviews.
Despite some of the initial reactions to Stadia at launch, Google seems committed to developing its feature set and improving its user experience. Expanding on its roster of games is certainly a good start in order to draw players’ attentions over to the platform, while in other areas and regions, Google is taking steps to improve connection speeds and latency for players, such as a partnership with BT in the UK.