Launched just a year ago, Google Stadia is entering its year 2 with new ambitions. And it starts with an upcoming deployment of the cloud gaming service on iPhone and iPad via Safari.
One year already ! Google Stadia has completed its first year as a new video game player. Launched with great fanfare just a year ago on November 19, the platform of the American firm will have experienced a first rather particular exercise between promises kept belatedly, desire to innovate and catalog which has ended up becoming denser over the months. .
The service of cloud gaming of Google is still there and intends to stay there. To prove it, Stadia decided not to stop there and unveiled many innovations for its anniversary.
IOS gamers will finally be able to access Stadia
They were the last to not really be able to take advantage of Google Stadia, apart from roundabout biases like the Stadium app which offered an alternative browser to launch Stadia. As a YouTuber had spotted, iPhone and iPad will see the cloud gaming arrive. The end of a paradox since Macs could benefit from it without any problem using Google’s Chrome browser.
This time it’s through a progressive web app finally allowed on iOS that players will be able to enjoy Stadia. This will require going through Safari, Apple’s browser. But everything will look like an application.
Google explained that this is a first phase of deployment to test the performance of the application in order to add new features later. So it should be a version a minima of Stadia, but it is already a first step taken for owners of iPhone or iPad.
The rollout will begin in the coming weeks, Google said.
New features deployed
If they were slow in coming, the new features promised at the announcement of Stadia have mostly arrived. In total, for the past year, the cloud gaming has made a hundred updates to deploy new functions in particular: touch controls on Android, generalization of the wireless connection of the Stadia controller, game in 4G / 5G, Crowd Choice, Click to play, Stream Connect, Crowd Play , family sharing, screenshot sharing, messaging, voice chat, etc.
And Crayta was the first game to take advantage of the State Share feature in beta to allow friends and followers join your game or replay a sequence with a single click, the game Hitman III which arrives in January will also benefit. And Agent 47’s next adventure will even get the full version of the feature.
Among other Stadia birthday gifts, Destiny 2 is now playable for free by all subscribers, paid or not. And this, as of this November 19. Immortals Fenyx Rising, Ubisoft’s next game, returns in free demo until December 21. All players, whether or not they have previously subscribed to Stadia (Basic or Pro), can try it out.
Always more games to come
With just over a month to go, Stadia remains ambitious. The platform has announced 135 games on its service by the end of 2020. It has just over 80 titles available since launch, many of which have been gleaned for free by Stadia Pro subscribers each month (65 available in Stadia Pro since launch, 31 available in November with those who left the service).
Alongside Ubisoft titles (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, etc.) and AAA titles (Doom Eternal, Marvel’s Avengers) which arrived on the platform at the same time as on the consoles, Google recalled that 15 exclusive or preview games had also been offered on Stadia, thus keeping a launch promise.
We find in particular Orcs Must Die ! 3, Baldur’s Gate 3, or multiplayer Super Bomberman R Online and Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle, and more recently Risk of Rain 2, offered in November.
It remains to be seen what are the dozens and dozens of games that have yet to see the light of day in just over a month on Stadia. There will be some major releases like Cyberpunk 2077 (December 10), for which Stadia is offering the First Edition pack for any pre-order (controller and Chromecast Ultra).