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Google Stadia is more like a digital storefront, less of a "Netflix for games" service

By Aaron Yip - on 18 Oct 2019, 5:11pm

Google Stadia is more like a digital storefront, less of a "Netflix for games"

Google Stadia was predicted to be the “Netflix of video games”, but it turns out there’s more than meets the eye. It seems that while Google will grow Stadia’s catalogue of free games that comes included in its US$9.90/month subscription fee, the platform is not a subscription service like Netflix or even Apple Arcade per se.

According to a story by Verge, the subscription-only includes a single game as of today – Destiny 2. Google also mentioned that gamers should expect to buy, not rent, games on its cloud platform for the same price you’d find on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Steam. This means that Stadia is effectively doubling up as a digital store front for PC games as well.

This could also explain why Stadia is only available in North America and Europe at launch, as the publishing and distributorship of games is a more complex ecosystem in Asia – and that, I assume, requires more time for Google to negotiate with the respective publishers/distributors.

But if you’re curious to know what games are available for Google Stadia, I’ve compiled the list below. And boy, are some of them impressive. Baldur’s Gate 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Doom Eternal? Breathtaking.

  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Baldur's Gate 3
  • Borderlands 3
  • The Crew 2
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Destiny 2
  • Destroy All Humans
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Farming Simulator 19
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Football Manager 2020
  • Get Packed
  • Gods & Monsters
  • GRID
  • Gylt
  • Just Dance 2020
  • Kine
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Metro Exodus
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • NBA 2K20
  • Orcs Must Die 3
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Rage 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Samurai Shodown
  • SUPERHOT
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Thumper
  • Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2
  • Trials Rising
  • The Crew 2
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Windjammers 2
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